A visit from the headquarters of Global Premier Soccer (GPS) to Cyprus and a visit by the GPS / Valencia Cyprus academy director to Spain were on the agenda in March 2019 for the football academy based in Nicosia, Cyprus.
At the end of March, Director of Education and Recruitment of GPS Ross Weatherstone travelled to Cyprus, while a few days earlier academy director, Ambi Spyrou spent a few days at Valencia for training seminars.
Starting with the visit of Weatherstone in Cyprus, the British director of GPS attended on March 25 the annual football trials of the Pancyprian Footballers Union (PA.S.P.), where he had the opportunity to meet with more than 60 parents and inform them about the opportunities for football scholarships in American colleges. GPS in the United States (which closely works in Europe in the academies sector with Valencia of Spain) only last year secured scholarships to US universities for 500 young footballers from all over the world.
Weatherstone also had the opportunity to attend the trainings at the academy in Nicosia and meet with the coaches of the academy.
“It was very important that I visited Cyprus, since I wanted to see first-hand how our Cypriot academy operates,” said Weatherstone, who went on to add: “Our attention at GPS Worldwide is to increase the connectivity between of our academies, which is also achieved with the opportunity we grant to top coaches to travel to the US to work.” GPS employs more than 400 coaches in the US. It is expected that members of the coaching staff of the Cypriot Academy will travel soon to America for educational work, with all expenses paid (flights, accommodation, salaries, etc). “This is a great opportunity for our young coaches,” added Spyrou on his behalf.
Weatherstone explained that GPS works with 23,000 young people in the US and 25,000 people in the rest of the world. We are one of the biggest clubs internationally and for this reason our level should be proportionate. That’s why we need to be sure that Ambi in Cyprus and in our other academies work as they are expected. That’s why we give all our academies full access to services such as marketing, seminars, etc.”
Regarding GPS’ collaboration with Valencia, Weatherstone stresses: “In the US, GPS is beyond an academy also a club, but internationally it is an academy, so we need such collaborators. We have full access to the Spanish academy, offering our young athletes a unique opportunity to go high. As for Cyprus, I see you all speak English, the conditions for people to work here are excellent and we do not see you as a small island, but as a new market for us.”