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Juny, 08 2017

Valencia CF inaugurate Academy in New York

There are over 1000 registrations and 400  North American children will train there

Valencia CF's brand expansion plan reached a new milestone today (Wednesday), with the official opening of the first permanent Valencia CF Academy in New York. It is the first school of its kind in the USA, to be closely followed by the Miami school in Florida which opens on Friday, June 9th.

The inauguration event took place in the Humanities Hall at LIU. Former Valencia CF coach Voro González, who was in attendance on behalf of the club, congratulated the organisation and expressed his pride in "how marvellous it is to visit New York and see a thousand children training hard to obtain a place in our Academy. It's exciting to see the children enjoying themselves and learning from Valencian coaches."

The headquarters of the Academy is the Campus at Long Island University (LIU), one of the most prestigious higher education institutes in New York. It has excellent facilities for football training. Joseph Schaefer, the Head of Operations for the university, spoke at the event, speaking about his happiness at hosting the Valencia CF Academy. The deal with LIU includes an exchange programme for students, young female and male football players and training sessions with VCF executives -who will share their professional experience with the participants.

Valencia CF's Director de Marketing , Damià Vidagany, explained the club's plans for the Academy and their internationalisation philosophy: "Our Academy at Paterna is considered one of the best in the world. The list of players who have reached the elite in football with the methodology that we apply is the best guarantee for Valencia CF. In addition, it is something that separates us from other clubs in a very competitive sector. Over the coming years, Valencia CF will continue to expand the club's brand and increase its prestige, through schools in every continent. The club's vision is that we have to offer excellence in our academies, so that the Valencia CF brand is even more of a prestigious one through our work with players and their education. We are committed to this."

The event was supported by LaLiga, from which the Country Manager for the USA, Carlos Pérez, was in attendance. The executive, on behalf of LaLiga President, Javier Tebas, said that "the work done by Valencia CF in their expansion in a strategic market like the USA is of great importance. For LaLiga, it is key that clubs make this decision and put this hard work into their internationalisation programmes. We congratulate Valencia CF for their vision, and for these two academies that add great value to LaLiga."

Around 400 children will train and compete in the Liga U.S. Club Soccer under the Valencia CF banner over the coming seasons. The tryouts for the Academy took place this week and more than 1000 children took part, in an unprecedented success."

Ravi Karkara, Director of Strategic Alliances with private entities for UN Women, highlighted the club's pioneering work with them, and emphasised the value of the Academy: “It is a pleasure for UN Women to accompany Valencia CF here today. We know all about the club's social commitment to gender equality and we appreciate the background of values and respect that they apply to every initiative that they undertake."

Also present at the event were numerous Valencia CF fans and peñista supporters group members, from the Penya NY and Penya USA.

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