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The FCBEscola project will expand its presence on American soil next season with the announcement that a new school is going to open in the Colombian capital, Bogotá. It is another important development for FC Barcelona’s football schools as it will mean that, from August onwards, there will be a permanent centre in a country with a great footballing tradition. Moreover, it will take the total number of FCBEscolas open for the 2017/18 season to 34 across five continents.
The opening in Bogotá also means the project is expanding to four FCBEscolas in South America. The school in the Colombian capital joins the two Brazilian centres located in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo and the school based in Lima in Peru. Furthermore, there are plans for another two FCBEscolas in the Colombian cities of Cali and Medellin.
The Colombian school will be run by Caribbean Football, a team that has a lot of experience working with the project as they oversee the FCBEscola in the Dominican Republic. The football school will be located in the North of the capital and the proposed start date is the 15 June, with the first Trial Camps for children between 6 and 14 which will continue for around a month and a half. The inauguration for the FCBEscola Bogotá is planned for the middle of August.
Thirty-four FCBEscolas planned for the new season
The FCBEscola is FC Barcelona’s model for football school model for children which looks to give them an integral education. This model has been exported around the world as a way of extending the Barça brand and transmitting the Club’s philosophy of values and hard work on a global scale.
The FCBEscolas work with a unique model based on the Barça methodology applied from the youth teams right up to the first team. They look to play creative and attacking football as well as successfully transmitting indispensable values such as: respect, humility, effort, ambition and teamwork.
Currently, FC Barcelona has a total of 26 active schools, 170 campuses and 50 football clinics in over 40 countries spread around all five continents. Over 40,000 boys and girls have taken part in the variety of activities being offered. In the next few weeks, a school in Montreal (Canada) will open and before the start of next season there will be an FCBEscola in Haikou and Chengdu in China, Austin and Virginia in the USA, as well as Sydney and Brisbane in Australia.
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