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The Barça Academy program continues to expand around the world and tomorrow, August 12, starts the activities at the Barça Academy PRO Miami, which together with the Barça Academy Pro New York are the only two that are 100% managed by FC Barcelona outside of the city of Barcelona itself. The new soccer school operates on three different sites, at Miami Shores, Kendall and Hialeaha to make it easier for more players to take part in the eleventh Academy project in the United States, all of which have been set up following the opening of the club’s office in the heart of New York. It also means that Miami has recovered a soccer academy that was formerly operative in the zone.
In recent weeks, the staff at Barça Academy PRO Miami have been working hard to get things ready for opening day, and there are already 170 boys and girls in the different teams. In difficult times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a series of tryouts were held over two weeks of Barça Academy Summer Camps on the fields at Kendall Soccer Park, where the youngsters made their first contact with training sessions using the Barça methodology and applying its famous values. The tryouts and camps all observed the strict health protocols established by the Florida authorities to ensure the utmost health and safety of all participants.
The United States is the country that has by far the largest share of the 46 schools being run by the club around the planet, namely the Barça Academy PRO Miami and New York, the Barça Residency Academy, Arizona and the Barça Academies in Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Nashville, Northern Virginia, Orlando and San Diego.
Almost half of the schools, twenty, are located in the Americas. As well as the 11 in the US, there are also schools in Mexico (Mexico City and Puebla), Colombia (Bogota and Cali) Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo), Guatemala, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
More than 45 permanent Barça Academy projects in the five continents
The Barça Academy is FC Barcelona’s own football school model directed at children, with the main objective being the integral training of its alumni. This football school model, exported internationally, intends to spread the Barça brand and transmit the working philosophy and values of the club around the world.
The schools work with their own unique model, based on the Barça methodology from the earliest levels through to the first team. It involves a creative, attacking style of play, and with the indispensible transmission of values: Respect, effort, humility, ambition and teamwork, with proven results.
FC Barcelona currently has 46 Barça Academy programs around the world, plus more than 180 Camps and 50 Clinics, in 56 countries and involving more than 45,000 children in total.
The Barça Academy programs are divided into Barça Escola Barcelona, the Barça Academy Pro in strategic markets for the club, namely China (Haikou), Brazil (Sao Paulo) and the United States (Miami and New York); the Barça Residency Academy Arizona (in the USA) and all the other Barça Academies distributed around the planet.
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