The FCBEscola project continues its expansion with the opening of a school in Charlotte, North Carolia, United States, following on from the inauguration of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida school in 2014.
The FCBEscola in Charlotte was officially presented on Sunday in an event that was attended by Deputy City Manager at City of Charlotte, Ron Kimble, and on behalf of FC Barcelona, FCBEscola director Òscar Grau, director of projects in North America, Franc Carbó, and technical director of FCBEscola Charlotte, Pau Casassa.
The school comes after the successful football campuses created by the Club and ISL Futbol in the United States which welcomed 600 attendees. In Charlotte, there will be three sections: the Competitive Program, for children between six and 12 years of age, the Elite Training, for the same age group, and Technical Program, only for boy up to 16 years old.
FCBEscola Charlotte will have eight coaches and one physiotherapist and is situated just five minutes from the centre of the city. The facilities are made up of two eleven-a-side pitches, changing rooms and stands for the public.
The inauguration of the FCBEscola in Charlotte comes in the same week as the club opened its first ever office in New York, in a delegation headed by president Bartomeu.
Speaking of the opening of the new school, the president said: “One of the objectives is to initiate projects with the FCB Foundation and establish a wide network of FCBEscolas which will help to project the club around the country”.
With the Charlotte school, FC Barcelona has 20 FCBEscolas around the world. In the next few weeks, the club will opening four schools more in Ottawa, Moscow, Bombay and Lagos.