April 2010: Two of our Arizona Coaches, Greg Gonzalez (’95 Boys) and Michael Gonzalez (Director of Recreation) along with our affiliates, representing California, Virginia and Texas, attended a week long training course in Barcelona, Spain, focusing on Player Development and Training. This course, along with their trip in December 2008, consisted of an intense program including lectures, practical sessions and the ability to observe various levels of training of FCBarcelona’s own youth Benjamin Teams, Academy Teams at the Ciutat Esportiva, their Athletic Team (B Team) and of course, attend a match, FCBarcelona vs. Deportivo at Camp Nou.
Along with our Coaches, a U-10 Academy team from the Total Futbol Academy was also able to attend our week long adventure and enjoyed playing friendlies against FCB’s Escola, Academy and neighboring clubs. They experienced a chance of a lifetime, finishing 3-1-1, surprising our Barcelona hosts.
We are excited and eagerly await the implementation of the training these coaches experienced, and look forward to our Club’s continued development.