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Global Image Sports announces Sponsorship services

Posted by Team, 29th June 2018

In an effort to continue bringing unrivaled opportunities and value to our partners, Global Image Sports is pleased to announce the new GIS Sponsorship Consultancy Service.



Sponsorship dollars are a top priority for most youth soccer clubs in North America. Unfortunately, most clubs don’t know which companies are spending, who to talk to, or what to say; and even if they did, many clubs don’t have the reach to warrant the investment.


“Most community-based youth soccer clubs experience similar financial challenges each year. Mainly balancing the needs of the club and improving their programs, services, and member experience while doing their best to keep costs to members as low as possible. Creating new revenue streams with sponsorship and major fundraising initiatives is a logical next step. GIS has been a great business partner for the past 6 years and we look forward to working with them to improve our member experience in the coming years!”

Kevin Crow - Ballistic United Executive Director


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The Sponsorship Consultancy Service will have those questions answered and the resources to entice major brands and companies by utilizing our 400+ youth club partners, 15 professional club partners, and a reach of over 300,000 players. This “pooling” of resources will allow GIS to develop attractive options for major corporations to use their sponsorship budgets on GIS partner clubs.

 

 

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“The Ellicott City Soccer Club has benefited greatly from strategic partnerships and sponsorships. With the rising costs of youth sports today, this revenue helps us keep our costs down to the families without cutting programs, essentially giving our players more for less. In addition, we can provide a platform for the sponsors to promote their products to our members. It allows the sponsors the opportunity to increase awareness of their brand at a fraction of the cost of print, television and billboard advertisements. It also creates a sense of community within the club as we support Local, Regional and National Brands! It is a win-win-win arrangement with our families, partners and a huge benefit to our club!”

Ken Heydt - President Ellicott City Soccer Club

 


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For over a decade, GIS has been known for our commitment to offering incredible opportunities to players. We are excited to bring that same commitment to our partner clubs to help continue the work they so passionately pursue.

 

If you are interested in bringing this service to your club,
please take our QUESTIONAIRE

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GIS Family Spotlight: Dallybraun

Posted by Team, 20th June 2018

In this GIS Blog Series, we talk with families to get a closer insight into how they have benefited from GIS related programming from a soccer, experiential, and family perspective. We are nothing without our all-star families and hopefully, these blogs will show our immense appreciation for the trust they put in us.


We are pleased to introduce you to the Dallybraun Family!

 

Tell us a little bit about your family and your involvement with soccer.

Team Dally - Braun
Dad - Ken
Soccer mum - Cassandra
Soccer crazy kid - Travis
Supporting sister - Gisele

Soccer is a daily part of our life. We have a field on our lifestyle block and we all support different teams, which makes it interesting!!!
Trav plays for Onehunga Sports and is part of the elite academy for the Wellington Phoenix soccer school, based in Auckland.

 

 

At what ages did Travis start attending GIS related events?

Trav started playing soccer at the age of 4 and since that first day, there hasn’t been a day, that he hasn’t kicked a ball.


What events have you all attended?

GIS WHU camps came to Australia in 2014 and we flew Trav to Brisbane to attend the national camp and trial for the WHU Elite Training in London. Trav was selected to go and that is when our long-term affiliation with GIS started.
Since then he has attended -
7 New Zealand Training Camps
5 New Zealand Elite ID Camps
4 Austrailian Elite ID Camps
5 London Elite Camps
1 Separate camp in London with George Cowie GIS Scotland/ England Tour


In what ways have you seen these GIS events impact his development as soccer players?

We see this as an important part/piece of the puzzle, that it takes in the steps to becoming a pro footballer. These events with GIS have allowed Trav to grow on and off the field. He has always been a calm, polite yet very driven young man and these training camps help him to push himself in professional surroundings, meeting like-minded families, players, and coaches. As well as playing alongside boys who again are there for self-development.

 

 


What has his experience been like on our Elite Trips?

Every trip has been slightly different, but all have been positive and Trav has taken plenty on board. A Particular memory is the game between the WHU International Elite boys VS WHU Academy boys. Trav scored 2 goals to win the game. They were both great goals and that’s always a memory to keep.

 

What is one of the more memorable moments you’ve had either on a trip or at a camp?

An amazing moment was being on the last Boleyn Ground match day… the passion and atmosphere of the people in the club and supporters were incredible. Also, getting to meet Mark Noble, Andy Carroll, and Winston Reid. Mark Noble actually took the time to speak to Trav, and that is something he will never forget.

 

 

If there was a family who was nervous about national camp or skeptical about the value of traveling to Europe with GIS, what would you say to them?

If anyone is not sure about attending a GIS camp, we have attended many and will continue to attend many more… we have never had any problems with any aspect of the camps, and investing in your children is the best investment of all. GIS is the real deal. You get to train, play, and interact with the real academy coaches, in their facilities.


And lastly, a fun one… Who is your favorite pro club and why?!

The teams we support are West Ham United, Liverpool and Real Madrid!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The GIS Family Spotlight: The Holmes Family

Posted by Team, 7th May 2018

In this GIS Blog Series, we talk with families to get a closer insight into how they have benefited from GIS related programming from a soccer, experiential, and family perspective. We are nothing without our all-star families and hopefully, these blogs will show our immense appreciation for the trust they put in us.


We are pleased to introduce you to the Holmes Family!


Tell us a little bit about your family and your involvement with soccer.

Our two boys Aidan (15) and Kellan (14) were born on the east coast, and we moved to Southern California when they were in elementary school. They have loved soccer from a very young age and have each been playing competitive soccer since they were 5 years old.


At what ages did they start attending GIS related events & what events have you all attended?

Aidan first attended a WHU ID Camp through his local club at age 10. He has been invited to and attended the WHU National ID Camp for six years (2012-2017), and he has been selected to travel to England to train with the WHU Academy on the Elite Trip five times. Kellan began his relationship with GIS and WHU at age 12. Kellan has been invited to and attended the WHU National Camp two years (2016-2017), and he was also selected to travel to England to train with the WHU Academy on the Elite Trip. They have both been invited to the 2018 WHU National ID Camp again this summer.


 


In what ways have you seen these GIS events impact their development as soccer players?
The relationship our boys have with the WHU coaches and training methodology has been instrumental in their player development. The WHU Academy focuses on four key areas of player development: technical, tactical, physical & social. Aidan and Kellan have a very clear understanding of their strengths and development areas within each of the four areas, and we have been able to see and track their improvement over the years. Having exposure to and a relationship with a long-standing and proven Premier League Academy system like the WHU Academy is an invaluable development experience to any aspiring player and not something they can find in this country.


In what ways have you seen these GIS events impact them personally?
Player development models in the United States vary from club to club, and from coach to coach - even within the USSDA, where our boys have both played. There is also a big focus in the United States on winning games and being on a winning team from a very early age over individual player development. Our boys have both been fortunate enough to have some incredible coaches over the years and be on some fantastic teams. The GIS talent identification relationship with WHU has been an opportunity for them to step away from the soccer culture in the United States and gain access to the soccer culture in England and the rest of the world, where individual player development is the sole focus of all player training and development at their respective ages. To this end, they have personally gained a huge amount of knowledge and insight about where they stand developmentally and their player potential.



What has been the most valuable thing your kids have gained from these events?
Through their on-going relationship with WHU, the most valuable takeaway is an objective critique of their player abilities and potential evaluated through a proven player development model.  They know and understand their strengths as players, they know and understand the areas where they need to improve, and they know and understand the things that make them unique and special - the things that differentiate them from other players. There will never be any one player who checks every single box technically, tactically, physically & socially. However, if you know and understand what you can and can’t control, and what makes you individually unique, then you can create a pathway for individual player development to get you to the next level. This information builds CONFIDENCE to believe in oneself through all the ups and downs that come with playing and competing at a high level. The boys have absolutely taken what they’ve learned at these events back to their individual clubs and teams and used this information to improve their individual game and make them better players.


What has their experience been like on our Elite Trips?
The WHU elite trips immerse the players into the training curriculum of the WHU Academy players in England. They have access to the Academy training facilities, wear their training gear, and even wear their real player kits on match day. They get a true taste of what life as a WHU Academy player feels like and, just like the players in England, players on the Elite Trip are treated like professionals. The trips are organized around the training schedule first and foremost, and players typically train twice a day. GIS does an excellent job building sightseeing opportunities into the trip around the training schedule, and there is always an opportunity to see a professional match. Our boys have loved every minute of the trips. Over the years, the boys have built lifelong friendships with other players from across the world, and they have built a relationship with GIS and WHU leaders and coaches who we consider extended family. The experience has been fantastic.

 

 

What are some of the more memorable moments you’ve had either on a trip or at a camp?
Every time one of the boys returns from England, we always ask them their favorite part of the trip. Without exception, the answer is always the same: the training. Having the opportunity to train directly with long-time WHU Assistant Academy Director Paul Heffer is the best part of the trip year after year. That said, over the years there have been a few very special moments that stand out. In his early years with GIS, Aidan had the opportunity to meet and train with the legendary and former WHU Academy Director Tony Carr while he was still at the helm of the WHU Academy. Incredible. Another year while training in England, Aidan had the opportunity to meet former WHU Academy and First Team player Sebastian Lletget who was ID’d by WHU through the same GIS/WHU relationship. Soon after meeting Sebastian, Seb was transferred to the L.A. Galaxy and made his first appearance for the USMNT. Aidan reached out to Seb via social media after his move to L.A., and they have exchanged a few messages over the years. Seb even offered Aidan some personal advice when Aidan was experiencing a challenge with a coaching change. Invaluable. While the new WHU stadium in London is modern and beautiful, the old stadium is also extremely memorable. The old stadium housed a hotel, and the players on the elite trips woke up each morning to a professional pitch right outside their window. Inspiring. Finally, watching WHU play Manchester United in the FA Cup at Old Trafford in March 2016 was unforgettable. The WHU crowd was electric, singing and chanting louder than the Man U fans the entire game. Then in the 67th minute, Dimitri Payet buried a free kick to put WHU up 1-0. The crowd erupted. The atmosphere was incredible. It was the type of Premier League goal every boy dreams of seeing live and aspires to one day make. Amazing.

 

 

If there was a parent who was nervous about traveling to a national camp or skeptical about the value of traveling to Europe with GIS, what would you say to them?
GIS owners Jacqui and James Abrahart and their staff are true professionals. Soccer is their passion, and logistics are their specialty. The itineraries are carefully planned around maximizing the training experience for the players. Players have three healthy meals each day, there is time for rest and recovery, there is a strict curfew in the evening, and the players are always chaperoned. The elite trip training experience is invaluable to any serious soccer player. Our boys never want to come home.


And lastly, a fun one… Who is your favorite pro club and why?!
Kellan has always liked Tottenham (sorry Paul!), and Aidan of course loves WHU because the culture of that club is forever part of him. Thank you GIS!



If you’d like your family to be in the next GIS Family Spotlight, please email joseph@globalimagesports.com.

 

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Player Spotlight: Nik Ford

Posted by Team, 30th April 2018

Some of our favorite stories here at GIS are when players progress through the levels of our programming. We love hearing about when players don’t receive an invitation to National Camp at their ID Camp, but train hard and are selected at the next ID Camp; Or when players don’t qualify for the Elite Player Trip, but use the Experienced Player Trip to grow their game and make the Elite Player Trip the following year. Adversity is just part of the journey and we embrace that. It’s not easy for players to hear that they’re not as good as they may have thought, but we hope that this expanded perspective helps motivate them to train harder and grow as players.


One such player who has made tremendous progress is Nik Ford. Nik lives in Nashville, TN and plays for GIS partner club, Eagle Express SC. At Eagle Express he plays with the 05 Boys in Division 1 and also plays for the varsity team at Mount Juliet Middle School. Nik first came into GIS programming at a 2016 Eagle Express ID Camp. There, he caught the eye of the Academy coach in attendance and was invited to the 2016 Wolves National Camp that July. Based on his performance at the National Camp, Nik qualified for the Experienced Player Trip. Obviously, he had hoped to make the Academy Prospect or Elite Player Trip, but he didn’t let that deter him. Instead, he took full advantage of the opportunity and used the lessons learned to grow his game. At the 2017 Wolves National Camp, that growth was on full display and Nik jumped 2 levels to make the Academy Prospect Trip! An incredible achievement.


 

We caught up with Nik’s dad, Chris Ford, to learn more about Nik, his experience with GIS, and how he was able to make the leap to Academy Prospect.


You’ve been on a couple trips to England now, what was the experience like and how did the Experienced Player trip differ from the Academy Prospect trip?

“Experienced Player” Trip 2017 - Great introduction to English soccer; the “life” an academy player might lead; and the Wolves’ coaching philosophies. The Stadium tours and the trip to London were a great international experience for any kid to learn a bit more about the world, while also getting some solid training at the Wolves’ Academy.
“Academy Prospect” Trip 2018 - After a good showing on the “Experienced Player” Trip to England in 2017, and at the National Camp in Georgia that summer, Nik was privileged to be invited to participate in the “Academy” Tier One Prospect trip to Wolverhampton in March 2018. Unlike the “Experienced Player” Trip, where there were about 25 very good players attending from North America, the “Academy” Trip was a small group of 6 excellent players from multiple countries (USA, Canada, and Australia). This trip was much more focused on training and assessment. During their time with the Wolves, they got to train with Wolves’ Academy players their own age, as though they were Academy players themselves. They got to experience the high level of training and play, as well as the advanced skills, tactics, and techniques the Wolves’ players have achieved, as they pursue their dream of becoming professional soccer players.

 

 

How has Nik benefited from the various GIS Events he’s attended?

At the beginning (Summer 2016), Nik had an opportunity to see how he compared to other local kids his age range, in an “assessment” environment, through the Regional ID camp. Then when invited to the national camp in Georgia, he was able to see how he stacked up against very good players from around the country. This was a great confidence-builder, especially when he was subsequently invited to the “Experienced Player” Trip at Wolverhampton in March 2017.


Making the jump from Experienced Player to Academy Prospect in just 1 year is really impressive. What did Nik pick up during the Experienced Player trip that helped prepare him to make the leap?

The coaching and drills were tougher and more disciplined than what he was used to. Although fun is always important when playing a game, these sessions at National Camp, and in England, were about serious soccer. Going to the first National Camp, and then to the first England trip, helped him mature as a player; mentally, technically, and tactically, not because he learned a bunch of new skills, but because he learned a different way of thinking when on the field. This has helped all the other aspects of his game.

 

How has the English Style/System benefited your son and does it differ from US Club Soccer?

The English system has given Nik a much broader and more mature understanding of the game on a world level. He has been able to see the level of focus, commitment, and strategy the Academy players have for their future goals. It’s their way of life!

 


 

How does the coaching level differ from Nik’s other experiences in soccer?

Having an opportunity to train at the National Camp and in England with the Wolves’ coaching staff, gave Nik a chance to experience training that is focused on more advanced players, and what helps them understand how to prepare for the game at the next levels.


In what ways has GIS impacted Nik’s development as a soccer player?

GIS has helped Nik better understand the game, and what it takes to succeed at a national and international level, rather than just what it takes to be good at the local level. Through this experience, Nik has gained a broader perspective and understanding of the game, on and off the pitch. This has made him better prepared to grow, develop, and play. Overall, we have been very pleased with our GIS and Wolves experiences. It has opened Nik’s eyes to soccer on a world scale, and given him international travel experiences he would not have had otherwise, and that we would encourage anyone with a passionate soccer player to pursue.

 

 

Special thanks to Nik and Chris for chatting with us!

If you want to attend a Wolves ID Camp this summer and have a chance at making the National Camp like Nik, click HERE


Lastly, if you think your son/daughter has a cool story that should be featured please email joseph@globalimagesports.com

 

 

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Global Image Sports - GIS - Blog | Official: GIS and Malaga CF Announce New Residential Academy
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Official: GIS and Malaga CF Announce New Residential Academy

Posted by Team, 27th April 2018

In 2016, Global Image Sports formed a partnership with Málaga CF to help spread the methodologies and techniques of one of the most successful academies in Spain. Since that time, GIS has brought Málaga Coaches to 8 different youth clubs in North America and have sent over 30 players back to Málaga for extended training.


 

Now we are proud to announce the opening of the new 2018 Málaga CF Residential Academy! This will be an opportunity for girls and boys ages 13-16 to fully experience life and soccer the Málaga way for months at a time.


Through this program, qualifying players will train 3-9 months at the MCF Academy in Málaga, Spain. This includes 6 training sessions per week, 5 fitness/technical sessions per week, 2 matches each month, room and board at MCF Academy, Spanish lessons, tickets to all Málaga CF home games and much more.

 

 

The MCF Academy continues to be one of the best academies in the world. The Academy boasts over 500 boys, 120 girls, 20 nationalities, 350+ national and international titles, and 40+ players representing their country on the international level. The highest level of competition for academies in Spain is the Copa de Campeones. The only way to qualify is by winning your respective league. The MCF Academy team, Málaguista Juvenile have qualified for 5 straight years, winning the title in 2016, losing to Real Madrid in the 2017 final, and have now qualified once again for the 2018 version of the competition. In addition, two Malaga teams will be taking part in the Copa del Rey for the first time in MCF Academy history!


The Málaga CF Women’s team have also had a fantastic campaign. While they are currently competing in the Second Division, they won the 2018 Segunda División Femenina Group IV title, and are now in the playoff to earn promotion to the first division! Up to 10 players currently in MCF female team are regularly called-up by the Andalucían Federation.


With all of this success, it was a no-brainer for Global Image Sports to create an opportunity for some of the best girls and boys in N. America to take advantage. The goals are simple:1. To further develop North American players utilizing the proven MCF Academy methodologies. 2. Provide a legitimate pathway that will hopefully lead to one of our players joining Málaga CF.

 

 

Special thanks to Málaga CF and International Academy Director Marcelo Romero for working with GIS to create such a high quality and amazing opportunity.


To apply for the program, first pre-register here: Click HERE 
From there, one of our partnership managers will contact you to speak with you further about the program.


For direct questions, please contact Joe Davis at joseph@globalimagesports.com

 

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Global Image Sports - GIS - Blog | GLOBAL IMAGE SPORTS ANNOUNCES PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH WATFORD FC
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GLOBAL IMAGE SPORTS ANNOUNCES PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH WATFORD FC

Posted by Team, 26th April 2018

An exciting new partnership with Global Image Sports Inc (GIS) will see Premier League club Watford FC (Watford) explore overseas markets through a range of grassroots initiatives.


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An initial three-year relationship will enable Watford and GIS to develop programmes and events in North America and parts of Asia. 


The partnership will deviate from the conventional approach to youth soccer and instead focus upon establishing a grassroots presence that connects young players and their families to Watford. This unique approach will build interest in the club and increase its fanbase outside England.


Linked to this is a commitment to player and coach education that will embed youth soccer teams with Watford’s knowledge and connect them to their peers at the Hornets’ Academy in England. Ideally, this will pave the way for young players to have a genuine pathway into Watford’s youth setup.

 


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Watford FC Commercial Director, Spencer Field said: “We are excited to be signing this partnership agreement today. The Club has enormous potential on the international scene but, as ever, we want to approach it a little differently.”


“In signing this agreement, we know that Chris McGuane (Academy Director) and his team will be able to create a fantastic environment for young footballers in the US and Asia. We also recognize this as a brilliant opportunity to grow our brand and International appeal. GIS have shared this vision throughout and this is why we have chosen them to be our partner”.


GIS Chief Executive Officer, James Abrahart said, “From the moment we met with Watford we knew this was a Club whose vision we wanted to be a part of. Being in such close proximity to London and having some of the best coaching available to young players makes this a Club with fantastic potential. All of us at GIS are very much looking forward to working alongside Spencer and Chris to grow this project. What we liked most was their desire to do things differently, focus on quality and put down a blueprint that we think has enormous potential in helping our young soccer players globally.”

 

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If you’d like to learn more about becoming a youth partner with Watford FC,
please contact us at info@globalimagesports.com | 770.545.8146

 

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BACK TO THE EPL! WOLVERHAMPTON ARE PROMOTED!

Posted by Team, 24th April 2018

The Wolverhampton Wanderers have done it! Champions of the English Championship (2nd division) and promotion back to the English Premier League (EPL)!


It’s been a long-awaited return to the EPL for Wolves. After being relegated in 2012 from the EPL, the Wolves were relegated again down to League One (3rd Division) for the 2013-14 season. Luckily, the club managed to jump back into the English Championship the following year and are now headed back to the most popular league in the world, the English Premier League.


Global Image Sports have been partnered with Wolverhampton since 2011 and we couldn’t be happier for all involved at the club.


 

Promotion and relegation is a foreign concept for most Americans, so we thought it would be helpful to try and explain just how important this is for Wolves.


The most obvious benefit comes in the form of revenue. Shares of broadcast deals, facility fees, merit payments based on performance, shares of commercial deals, and other commercial gains bring in massive amounts of income. On average, promoted clubs look to gain nearly 300 million dollars! This is life-changing money for a club that is just a few years removed from the English Third Division.


To put it in an American context, the Durham Bulls from Durham, NC won the Triple-A Minor League Baseball Championship last year, while the San Francisco Giants finished last in the MLB. Imagine the fanfare and drama of those two baseball teams switching leagues! That’s what happens every year around the world of soccer, and this year Wolverhampton is on the winning end.



Under the leadership of head coach Nuno Esparto Santo and star-man Ruben Neves, Wolverhampton is finally back and all signs are pointing to an extended stay in the top flight. With the financial backing of Fosun and the massive gains from promotion, it’s likely the club will be able to keep their top players and strengthen the squad. In fact, many pundits believe that Wolverhampton would have fared well in the EPL this past season. With these expectations, the goal for next year won’t be to simply avoid relegation, but to push for a Top 10 finish!


Congratulations to Wolverhampton Wanderers FC!



 

If you’d like to attend an event this summer with Wolverhampton staff, we’ll be hosting Elite Player Camps around the country this summer! Go to gis.configio.com and find an event near you!

 

 

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Global Image Sports - GIS - Blog | Global Image Sports announces Professional Partnership with Club Atlético Huracán
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Global Image Sports announces Professional Partnership with Club Atlético Huracán

Posted by Team, 18th April 2018

April 18th, 2018 – Club Atlético Huracán of the Super Liga Argentina De Futbol have agreed to a joint venture partnership with sports management company, Global Image Sports, in order to launch a North American Academy project.


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The ethos behind the partnership is to enable players from North America to benefit from South American coaching philosophies and provide the opportunity for aspiring young soccer players to be able to travel to Argentina and experience the iconic footballing culture and landmarks of Buenos Aires.


With so much South American influence being prevalent in the MLS at the moment and Argentina being a two-time world cup winning nation, it will allow the creation of player identification programs, new coaching styles and travel opportunities that are very different to the current European models, but that is grounded in South American flair and skill development.

 


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Huracán was established in 1908 and have won 13 top flight domestic titles as well as recently being crowned champions of the 2014 Supercopa Argentina.


CA Huracán Chairman, Fernando Moroni said, “We hope to find in this new alliance with GIS a means to share with North American soccer players over 100 years of experience of producing professional players, as well as our unique passion and feeling for the game of football.”


Aldo Marinelli, GIS Partnerships Executive said, “We are delighted to be partnering with our first South American professional club and look forward to the unique opportunities it will bring. The Huracán model offers something different compared to our European professional clubs and is based on flair, expression and built on the principles of producing players with individual quality”

 


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For more information – please email Aldo Marinelli via aldo@globalimagesports.com

 

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Global Image Sports - GIS - Blog | West Ham United Football Club & Global Image Sports Inc. Sign Exclusive Partnership Agreement
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West Ham United Football Club & Global Image Sports Inc. Sign Exclusive Partnership Agreement

Posted by Team, 17th April 2018

April 17th, 2018 – West Ham United have agreed to extend their long-term partnership with Global Image Sports Inc (GIS) which will see the continued promotion and development of the Club’s overseas programme in North America.


The Club and GIS will be looking to grow their brands and activity in the region, with GIS overseeing a large network of youth soccer clubs who form part of the Club’s North American Academy.


Having worked together for several years, the partnership has seen the extensive development of the North American Academy. There are now over 35 West Ham North American Academy youth soccer partners, comprising of tens of thousands of young players.

This news not only reaffirms the credibility of the programme, but cements what is a long-standing, strong partnership and recognizes the desire of both parties to create the best offering to the US youth soccer market in terms of coaching quality and player development.



West Ham United Academy Director Terry Westley commented: “The partnership with GIS enables us to incorporate our methodology directly into established youth soccer clubs in North America. We can provide a level of quality coaching and sports science that isn’t currently always available to these clubs, enabling us to work with players who understand our style of play and can benefit our presence and reputation worldwide. 

“I recently had the chance to deliver a series of coaching education seminars to a group from North America and I was impressed with how much they wanted to learn and take back to their players. We expect very high standards at this Academy and the fact these Clubs take our values seriously is a testament to the high quality of this partnership and our intention to look at players from all over the world.”


GIS’ Co-Founder Jacqui Abrahart said: “As someone who has been a lifelong West Ham United fan and can still remember watching games as a young girl with my dad, we are delighted to be announcing this enhanced partnership as we see it being an important next stage in taking the Club from strength to strength inside the North American market. 

“Terry and his team have done a fantastic job and we share the Club’s vision in wanting to make them one of the strongest and most reputable names in US Youth Soccer. We have seen in the past the success the West Ham United Academy has had and with England winning World Cups at multiple age groups recently, the level of coaching we can provide through this partnership truly is going to help these kids who love the game of soccer.”


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Global Image Sports - GIS - Blog | A GIS Journey to the Pros: The Daniel Johnson Story
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A GIS Journey to the Pros: The Daniel Johnson Story

Posted by Team, 9th April 2018

Every year GIS has thousands of players that participate in our ID camps, tours, and national programs. Most of these players share a common dream of playing in Europe one day. Helping players achieve that dream has always been the ultimate goal of the experiences and opportunities we provide our partners. With that said, it is a challenging road with hundreds of variables that can make or break a career. One such player that has gone through the ups and downs of the journey to play European soccer is Daniel Johnson (DJ).


DJ hails from Duluth, GA and attended Greater Atlanta Christian School (GAC). In middle school, DJ attended GIS’s West Ham United National Camps, so when he heard that GAC would be taking a tour to visit West Ham in London, he could hardly wait!


“I remember thinking that it was just going to be a cool week of training and a great experience,” said DJ. “It turned out to be way more.”


On Day 1, DJ was playing in a match and caught the eye of Paul Heffer (West Ham’s International Academy Director) and Tony Carr (Former Academy Director). Throughout the next week, Paul and Tony continued to scout DJ and at the end of the week they invited him to come back for a proper trial.


“They said, ‘It would be great to get you over here on a more full-time basis. We think you could eventually be a pro for West Ham’. But it’s tough as a twelve-year-old to fully register the kind of opportunity I had. All I saw was an opportunity to play soccer every day, which was the dream.”


Once his parents were convinced of the idea (no easy task), DJ returned to West Ham on trial and received an invitation to train with the Academy full-time. Life as he knew it was about to completely change. His day-to-day was now training and competing to keep his spot at the Academy.




“It’s weird because you’re a kid and want to have fun, but you’re also competing with your teammates to be the next professional for West Ham. There’s pressure coming from everywhere, Tony, back home, the coaches. The status is cool, but the work is hard. Every day wasn’t amazing. There were tons of ups and downs, but you had to keep fighting.”

 

 

DJ would go on to play at the Academy from 2009-12. The end game was simple, either earn a professional contract with West Ham or get sent home. Many kids came and went, but in 2012 DJ received the call from West Ham he’d dreamt of.




“I had worked up until that age to where it matters and incredibly West Ham called me and said ‘congratulations, you’re going to be with us for the next several years’ and offered me a professional contract.”


I wish the rest of this feature was about DJ flourishing with West Ham, making the first-team, and playing with the US National Team. However, life rarely takes us on the perfect trajectory. A few weeks later, DJ received word that UEFA denied his FIFA appeal for the work visa needed to become a professional soccer player in England.


“I call it my greatest heartbreak. I went through the hardest four years of my life at the Academy, and for someone at a desk who doesn’t know me and doesn’t know what I sacrificed to simply stamp a ‘no’ is extremely heartbreaking.”


In the span of two months, DJ had gone from earning his first professional contract with a Premier League Club to considering never playing soccer again. Defeated doesn’t even begin to express how low he felt. Moving on was no small task, but a conversation with his youth club director, Tony Annan (now the Academy Director at Atlanta United), got him back on track.


“I credit Tony Annan with keeping me from quitting. He essentially told me, ‘there’s no one path that is set and no template for turning pro’. I realized that if I just focused on the door that closed, I would miss other doors that are opening for me.”


With this new perspective, DJ set out on a more familiar path for Americans, college. He first attended the University of Maryland before transferring to the University of Louisville. But he took with him the habits and mindset he developed at West Ham.


“The number one thing that Paul [Heffer] preached was having awareness and knowing what you’re going to do before you get the ball. Checking my shoulder, head on a swivel, and getting a picture of the field was drilled into me. There’s not a training session where I haven’t used that.”


After a stellar college career, DJ was invited to the MLS Combine and was drafted No. 11 overall by the Chicago Fire in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. He would go on to appear for the Fire eight times his rookie season. It wasn’t the path he originally envisioned to become a pro, but Tony Annan’s words rung true.

 


Despite finally getting to live out his dream of being a professional soccer player, the sting still remains from his “greatest heartbreak”. DJ’s hope is that the next generation of kids and their parents can learn from his journey and avoid similar issues.


“People don’t realize that I was one of, if not the first, young American to go early through an academy, get a professional contract, and then run into issues that we weren’t aware of. I was sort of the guinea pig. So it’s important to look into the legal side of things before sending a kid over to chase a dream. Parents need to understand the FIFA Child Protection Act, look into countries that offer citizenship after two years, and figure out if their kid can receive another passport based on the lineage. The legal side is just as important as the soccer side.”


Currently, DJ is focused on his sophomore season with the Fire. He had a good pre-season, but picked up a slight knock and is working his way back into the lineup again. He’s come back from worse circumstances, so there’s no doubt he’ll be back in the fold soon.

Long-term, DJ is working towards being a regular contributor in MLS and getting back into the US National Team conversation. Learning from the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger at the Fire has been a major advantage in the journey. He would also be remiss if he didn’t have aspirations of returning to Europe one day.


“It would be great to get back to Europe and get that experience fully of being a professional there because I had to leave not on my own terms. Getting back over there and experiencing life as a pro in Europe would be incredible and something that I want to do for sure.”


And all of us here at GIS have no doubt you will.


DJ’s story is a relatable one for most; ups and downs, accomplishments and adversity. But every trial and tribulation on his path has led him to where he is today and the lessons learned will aid him as he continues the journey of being a professional athlete.



You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” -Maya Angelou

 

For more information on GIS Tours and Events contact us at info@globalimagesports.com.

 

 

 

 

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The West Ham United Coaching Diploma Course Recap

Posted by Team, 20th March 2018

One of the pillars of the Global Image Sports partnership program is coaching education. We realize that these are the men and women that are going to have the greatest impact on players here in North America, so we do our best to provide opportunities and resources for these coaches to grow in their knowledge of the game. One way we do this is providing coaching diploma courses through our partnerships with our various professional clubs such as West Ham United, Wolverhampton, Chievo Verona, Stoke City, and more. The goal is to expose these coaches to the practices, techniques, and philosophies that are used to develop tomorrows professionals.


GIS recently hosted the “West Ham United Academy 2018 Coaching Diploma” from February 8th-14th at their London Academy facilities. Eleven coaches from GIS youth partner clubs attended. The course was led by Paul Heffer, West Ham’s International Academy Coaching Director and Terry Westley, West Ham’s Academy Manager. The coaches were given full access to the West Ham Academy training philosophy through on-field practical training sessions, classroom sports-science discussions and observation of various academy age games and training sessions. Additionally, the group attended a first-team game at the Olympic Stadium in which West Ham beat Watford 2-0.



We believe these diploma courses are some of the best things we provide through our partnership and the coaches agreed:



Noe Vargas, Cal Glen Soccer Club: “It is excellent to see the actual training grounds. We also got invited to a pep talk before the game with Terry, it was amazing to be in, previous to the Tottenham U23 game.”


Ivan R. Gonzalez, SG1 Soccer Club: ”My experience at the West Ham Academy Coaching Course was phenomenal! Being able to be in a pro-active environment with experienced coaches like Paul Heffer and Terry Westley provided a terrific atmosphere that was able to be engaging and stimulate learning. All of the West Ham staff were hospitable and willing to be a part of the learning process. Especially West Ham Coaches, Juyel Hussain and Lits Zaman, would even go above and beyond and physically demonstrate some practice sessions with the group. As a young coach, I wanted to learn and experience as much as I could in order to improve in my craft. I can definitely say without a doubt that I learned a great deal from Paul Heffer and this coaching course. I have to thank Global Image Sports, as well as, my club team from Houston, Texas, Sports Group 1, that provided me with this wonderful opportunity.”

Ivan


Otto Berti, Gitchi-Gummi Soccer Club: “It was a great experience…learned a few good things and it was great watching the U23 practices and games.”


Pradip Humagai, Keystone Athletic Soccer Club: “The West Ham Diploma is the best coaching course I’ve attended.”


Brandon Stemwedel, Gitchi-Gummi Soccer Club: “From the moment we landed to the moment we left, I felt we couldn’t have been treated any better. Paul Heffer made sure to talk to us about what and why the coaches were doing things when watching the sessions and how to build upon certain drills he showed us. All the coaches would stay in the dining area of the hotel and chat about what we learned each day or what is happening that can benefit our clubs and give advice or perspective on like areas.”


Steve Gough, Cal Glen Soccer Club: “The course was amazing. The biggest benefit is gaining detailed insights into the world-class West Ham Youth Academy and seeing how professional players are developed through privileged observation at academy training sessions, detailed interaction with the coaches, observation at games and most importantly learning from the practical sessions lead by trainers who have personally coached and mentored the likes of Lampard, Ferdinand, Cole, Carrick, and Johnson. I have already implemented numerous drills and routines from the course into my U18 program and the lads love it and are already gaining a good understanding of the ‘play in the future’ philosophy and approach.”


If you’re interested in attending one of our fall diploma course trips email info@globalimagesports.com

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USL Club San Antonio FC adds former West Ham United Elite Player Ethan Bryant

Posted by Team, 5th March 2018

Sixteen-year-old Ethan Bryant has been added to USL club San Antonio FC’s roster as a USL Academy Player. This is an opportunity for Ethan to train with SAFC on a full-time basis and avoid any issues with his college eligibility.

 
In 2012, Ethan attended Global Image Sports’ West Ham United National Camp, and again in 2013. After his performance in the 2013 camp, he was invited on an exclusive Elite Trip back to London where he trained at the West Ham Academy.

 
“These events opened my eyes to what the next level was,” said Ethan. “I was surrounded by talented players that forced me to bring my game up a notch.”


 


Global Image Sports prides itself on producing authentic and challenging experiences through our partnerships with clubs such as West Ham United. Our primary goal is to make a lasting impression on players that motivate, teach, and give a renewed perspective on their abilities. A primary way we do that is through our National Camps and Elite Trips back to our partner clubs in Europe.
 

Ethan, in regards to his Elite Trip, “If I had to say what the most impactful aspect of the GIS West Ham experience, it would be being able to train with one of the best staffs in the world. To be able to play with that talented group of players, with world-class coaching, [it] was a great experience for me.”


One of the most beneficial aspects of the West Ham Elite Trip is the opportunity to be coached by some of the same coaches that developed the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand, and others. Exposing players to that level of coaching does wonders for their game upon returning home.

 
All of us here at Global Image Sports are thrilled to see how far Ethan has come and the opportunity he has in front of him. There is nothing that excites us more than our programming playing a part in players achieving their dreams. “My future aspiration is to play at the highest level I can.” said Ethan, “If my full potential allows me to play in the states, that’s great; if it allows me to play overseas, that’s awesome too. I just want to be playing at the highest level I can.”
 

Who knows, maybe one day we’ll see him back in a West Ham United kit!


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Global Image Sports Inc. and West Ham United F.C. Complete Updated Agreement

Posted by Team, 26th February 2018

Press Release and Company Statement
Monday 26th February, 2018.

Global Image Sports Inc. is delighted to announce the successful completion of a new, updated agreement with West Ham United Football Club; one that will see GIS become the Club’s exclusive International Academy partner in North America. The new partnership will allow our partner clubs the chance to access player and coaching development curriculum, visit West Ham United FC in London as well as host coaching staff from the Club at various points throughout the year to support all levels of the soccer pyramid – either through the provision of elite European coaching instruction or by supporting the coaching structure to benefit players with their own future ambitions in the game.

A more detailed and fully comprehensive press release will follow shortly.

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The GIS Family Spotlight: The Keesic Family

Posted by Team, 23rd February 2018

In this new GIS Blog Series, we will be talking with families to get a closer insight into how they have benefited from GIS related programming from a soccer, experiential, and family perspective. We are nothing without our all-star families and hopefully, these blogs will show our immense appreciation for the trust they put in us.


First up is the Keesic family!


1. Tell us a little bit about your family and your involvement with soccer.
We live in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada and our kids attend a local soccer academy, the Thunder Bay Chill. 
We love soccer and watch soccer regularly on TV.  We follow many different pro leagues and certain tournaments such as the World Cup.  We have even built a soccer field in our backyard and had special nets created for our field. In the Spring, Summer, and Fall months, we play together pretty much daily. Soccer is a lifestyle for our family.

 

2. How many kids do you have and at what ages did they start attending GIS related events?
We have 4 kids. Our oldest daughter lives and goes to college in Oakville, Ontario. Our 3 kids, that live at home, all play soccer. Ethan(15) started attending GIS events at age 10, Hannah(12) started at age 9 and Andrew(10) started at age 7. So we have been involved with GIS for the past 6 years. 


3. What events have you attended?
Ethan:
-4 West Ham ID Camps
-5 West Ham National Camps
-1 West Ham Elite Camp
-ChievoVerona Residential Academy 
Upcoming:
-West Ham Elite Camp/2018
-ChievoVerona Residential Academy/2018
-West Ham United National Camp/2018
 
Hannah:
-3 West Ham ID Camps
-4 West Ham National Camps
-1 West Ham Elite Camp
 
Andrew:
-2 West Ham ID Camps
-3 West Ham National Camps
-2 West Ham Elite Trips
Upcoming:
-West Ham Elite Trip/2018
-West Ham National Camp/2018

 

4. How have your kids benefited from events GIS has put on?
Our kids have benefitted significantly from GIS events over the past few years. Although we have a great local soccer club, the Thunder Bay Chill, we have been very thankful for the supplemental opportunities for player development and additional opportunities available through GIS. In addition to the soccer-related development, we have also enjoyed the opportunities to travel, visit other countries and, via the Elite Player Trip, to experience five premier league matches – there are no words to describe the atmosphere of being at a live game!  Also, our children have met a number of professional soccer players during various GIS events…you never know who may show up!


5. What has been the most valuable thing your kids have gained from these events?
The most valuable aspect re our children following their participation in GIS-related soccer events has been the dramatic, consistent and long-lasting improvement of various soccer related skills, techniques, tactics, etc., we have observed.  We could mention many other aspects, but, given our focus on soccer, we have selected this factor. 
 

6. In what ways has GIS impacted their development as soccer players?
The GIS experiences our children have participated in consistently reinforce aspects of the game that top players utilize such as checking your shoulder, knowing your next play and making the best decision based on the information that you receive/interpret from the game you are playing in.  The high quality of coaching and the high standards of performance expected of the players by the coaches has also significantly accelerated their development by not only focusing on the specific mechanics and mastery of certain techniques and finally focusing on increasing the speed of execution.  The sessions are very well thought out and incrementally build on a specific skill set, while being age and developmentally appropriate.   
 
Our children (and we) have greatly enjoyed the positivity of the coaches which, in turn, has resulted in our children enjoying training, even though they are always working very hard.  Also, the positive reinforcement has contributed to the development of playing self-confidence as the coaches challenge them and encourage them to try new skills without fear of making mistakes.  Additionally, having coaches who have reached very high levels of playing or have participated in the development of professional players is another aspect of the GIS experience that our children have appreciated/respected and have specifically noted this as an aspect that ‘matters’ to them.
 
 

7. What has your experience been like on our Elite Trips?
The Elite trips are incredible and we love every bit of it; the sightseeing, the various tours, attending a live professional game and the range of activities are all very enjoyable.  With regards to the soccer-related aspects of the Elite trip, we would rate all as world class: the coaching, quality of player participants, training sessions and facilities. The trip is organized in a professional manner and the kids and all travelers are well taken care of. The best thing we can say about it is that we can’t wait to go back the next time! 
 
 
8. What was Ethan’s experience like at the ChievoVerona Residential Academy?
Ethan really loved his time at the ChievoVerona Residential Academy. We have seen significant improvement in him as a soccer player; in particular, air ball mastery (skills related to trapping, controlling, passing, volleying and shooting the ball while in the air) and his touch. 
It took him a few weeks to adjust to the different culture, the food and being far from home but he enjoyed it overall so much that he can’t wait to go back in March. The boys trained about 6 times per week and their training included field sessions along with strength and conditioning workouts. They got to travel a bit on weekends and attended all the home games of ChievoVerona. Several times per week he along with the other participants took Italian language lessons with the aim of the boys becoming able to be ‘conversationally’ fluent.
We think it is such a privilege for Ethan to be able to go live overseas and experience life as a professional soccer player. This would never be possible without GIS.
 


9. Outside of soccer development, how else have GIS programs impacted your kids?
One of the amazing ways our kids have been impacted by GIS has been meeting people from all over the world and creating lasting friendships. It has expanded our/their world since they have traveled to different countries, eaten different foods and observed different customs. We’ve been on the London Eye,  seen Buckingham Palace, gone under London Bridge and shopped in Verona, Italy to name a few key memories.
In our experience, GIS always had such incredible staff. They are knowledgeable, very welcoming and friendly; remembering our kids each time we come back. The staff has set a great example in terms of how our children/people should act when in the company of others, being thoughtful and considerate.


10. And lastly, a fun one… Who is your favorite pro club?! 
Although we enjoy all good soccer and many different teams our two
favorite clubs are:
Premier League: West Ham
La Liga: Real Madrid

If you’d like your family to be in the next GIS Family Spotlight, please email joseph@globalimagesports.com.

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GIS and FC Porto Renew Partnership Agreement

Posted by Team, 4th January 2018

January 1st, 2017 – FC Porto of the Portuguese Primeira League have today renewed their Agreement with sports management company, Global Image Sports for a further three years. The renewed deal will see FC Porto working with GIS in North America, Asia and Oceania to develop the brand, player development programs and coaching education amongst all partners and affiliates in the territories. The deal was also announced on the FC Porto website.


After a successful first 2 years of the project that focused on brand growth, marketing and successful delivery of camp and tour programs, the next stage will be about building on the foundations and enhancing the reach of the Club. Partnerships created under the Agreement will result in clubs, coaches and players having access to the FC Porto Dragon Force curriculum, a system that is famous in Portugal for producing more professional players and getting them through the Academy than any other club in the division. Visitors to the club not only get to take in the amazing city of Oporto on the Atlantic coast but spend time training alongside their Dragon Force counterparts and visit the world-famous museum that houses the two Champions League trophies (amongst countless more) the team have won.


Dragon Force Executive Director, Ricardo Ramos said, “We are delighted to continue our strong relationship with Global Image Sports for another 3 years. We have seen success in our programs over the last few years and by providing our footballing expertise and Dragon Force program alongside GIS, we are very excited about the direction and growth we can achieve together. I look forward to welcoming our international players to the club soon.”


James Abrahart, Global Image Sports, Chief Executive Officer said, “We are proud to continue and build upon our relationship with FC Porto by signing this renewal. The fact that Portugal are the current holders of the European Championship and the current FIFA World Player of the Year is Portuguese is further proof that this country has a fantastic pedigree when it comes to providing the highest-level coaching and expertise to young soccer players. We are excited to continue to bring this to our partners and give them access to the best options on the market.”


If you are interested in hosting an FC Porto camp, travelling to Portugal to take part in a customized tour or would like to discuss creating a partnership with FC Porto to access the Dragon Force curriculum, please contact Aldo Marinelli, Partnership Executive at GIS via aldo@globalimagesports.com


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Global Image Sports & Sports Recruiting USA Bring College Services to North American Club Partners

Posted by Team, 8th November 2017

November 7, 2017 - Global Image Sports (GIS) and Sports Recruiting USA (SRUSA), in coordination with their partnership formed in 2016, have added a college focused component to the current services and programs offered to GIS’s club partners.


SRUSA prides itself on providing elite college recruiting services to athletes and youth partners looking to bring greater opportunities to their older players. SRUSA have over 10,000 college coaches in their network and help 1,200+ athletes every year get noticed. Through their services, over 10 million dollars worth of scholarships have been earned.


Services Include:
★ Personal College Recruitment Director
★ Highlight Videos provided by SR Analysis
★ Online Profile
★ College Showcases
★ College ID Camps
★ And more…


Darran Walter, Operations Director of GIS: “Having worked with youth clubs all over the US, we know that many clubs are struggling to provide college recruiting services to their older players. As a result, many end up switching clubs. These SRUSA services will allow our club partners to bring more value to their older players and retain the individuals that they’ve spent years developing.”


Chris Cousins, Head of Operations for SRUSA: “We are all really excited about helping the GIS clubs around the US give even more realistic pathways to their players. We’ve seen for years many clubs all over the world who spend time developing these players, have no real pathways for them. With what GIS already provide and our services, the GIS clubs really will be the clubs to be at to move onto the next level, whatever that level is.”


1st Exclusive Opportunity for GIS Partner Clubs


SRUSA will be hosting the Third Annual SRUSA College Showcase in Naples, FL December 9-10, 2017. This tournament provides players the opportunity to not only be scouted by the college coaches in attendance, but also SRUSA staff who will be scouting for the hundreds of other colleges in their network that are not able to attend in person.


★ GIS partner clubs outside of Florida are able to attend for $250 per team.
★ GIS partner clubs within Florida are able to send two teams for the amount of $250.
★ GIS partner clubs therefore save up to $870! (Normal price: $995/ team)


For more information please go to the SRUSA College Showcase website at https://www.srusashowcase.com/. If you would like to register please email info@sportsrecruitingusa.com.


2nd Exclusive Opportunity for GIS Partner Clubs


GIS and SRUSA will be hosting the 2nd Annual GIS Winter Series in Atlanta, GA, December 15-17, 2017. For this event, NCAA coaches will be conducting 10+ hours of training sessions to showcase each player’s skill-set to the college coaches in attendance.


For more information please click here: GIS Winter Series


Stay tuned for more events in 2018!

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GIS Announces Formal Partnership Arrangement with Xplore

Posted by Team, 18th July 2017

Xplore The World (Xplore) and Global Image Sports LLC (GIS) have today signed a formal partnership arrangement in order to help each other grow in various aligning markets across the globe.


Ian Lewis, CEO from Xplore commented, “we have been talking to GIS and the team for a few months now and it has become apparent that we all have a similar vision. We have over 20 years of continued growth and experience and now have a team of over 75 people in various countries. We continue to see Europe, Asia and the US as great markets for our services, and the formal partnership with GIS will help both organisations grow.”


James Abrahart, CEO of GIS said, “Xplore are a perfect partner for us. We will be able to invest time, money, and energy to continue growing this partnership and provide opportunities as a result of working with each other. We want to share these opportunities to build a team that can provide global services in sports and education and we have been very impressed with Xplore’s team and their values & commitment. They have a great history of integrity and delivering excellent services and experiences so we hope to continue to improve our collaboration in the coming months and years.”


Xplore is a leading independent provider of educational travel packages and study abroad programs for the youth / student market. Based in Suffolk (UK) and founded by Ian Lewis (CEO) in 2002 the business has continued to grow and develop over the years and now also has offices / operations in Ireland, Germany, France, USA and China. Key products and programs include; short-term junior language courses, academic year placements and bespoke group travel. Throughout all Xplore is dedicated in providing the very best experience and welfare for its students whilst maintaining excellent levels of service and support to its partners across all sectors.


Global Image Sports are an industry leading sports management and marketing agency who work with over 15 professional European sports clubs and facilitate their commercial and technical strategies in international markets. Based in North America, Europe, South-East Asia and Oceania, GIS has been in operation for over a decade. Key programs include player identification, coaching development, residential long-term academy placements and commercial and marketing strategies for professional clubs overseas. At all levels of its operation, GIS ensures the strictest standards of player welfare, due diligence and quality in everything it does and strives to maintain its role as the market leader through progressive programming, dynamic offerings and world-class provision of coaching education.


For more information, please contact ben.sinclair@xploretheworld.com or info@globalimagesports.com

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GIS Announces Partnership with London Football Coaches Association

Posted by Team, 30th June 2017

Global Image Sports Announces Partnership with the London Football Coaches Association


June 30th, 2017 - The London Football Coaches Association (LFCA) is pleased to partner with industry-leading sports management company, Global Image Sports (GIS) who will become a strategic partner and sponsor of the LFCA.


The partnership will see GIS working closely with LFCA members to help provide opportunities to coach domestically, internationally or even by allowing North American Coaches to attend and tap into the wealth of knowledge of the London based organisation, who have nearly 100 coaches in their ranks. GIS will also provide sponsorship in return for LFCA support in expanding the wealth of coaching material and services.


LFCA Vice Chairman, Ken Goldman noted that: “We’re grateful to GIS for helping us build this corroboration and look forward to offering our wealth of coaching knowledge and opportunities to other aspiring coaches. As the oldest coaching association in England (having been established by then England Manager Sir Walter Winterbottom in 1963) we have an incredible amount of history and passion for the game of football and look forward to being able to allow access to this partnership to our members.”


GIS Chief Executive Officer, James Abrahart said: “We have always built and grown GIS on the cornerstone of its coaching and its quality amongst our professional partners. Every year I am amazed by the sheer number of players and clubs in North America who talk about the coaching we offer being the best they have experienced. Partnering with the London Football Coaches Association enables us to support a fantastic institution but also to continue to offer more coaching knowledge, expertise and international opportunities for our partners.”


Former West Ham United Academy Director, Tony Carr, is The Chairman of the LFCA and has a long history with GIS, having been involved in the inception & development of the West Ham United International Academy and its growth/development. Part of the association will see GIS working with Carr to develop a coaching education syllabus for development of young coaches.


Anyone interested in learning more about the partnership should visit www.globalimagesports.com or email info@globalimagesports.com for more information.



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Global Image Sports Announces Professional Partnership with Udinese Calcio

Posted by Marketing, 5th May 2017

Udinese Calcio Launches North American Academy with GIS


May 5th, 2017Udinese Calcio of the Italian Serie A have agreed a partnership with sports management company, Global Image Sports in order to launch their North American Soccer Academy. GIS was assisted by Radius Sports Marketing in securing the Partnership with Udinese Calcio.


Phase one of the project will see the Udinese Calcio Academy partner with a select number of youth soccer clubs across the United States and Canada over the next 12 months. Each partner club’s coaches and players will have the opportunity to work with the Academy coaches from the club in both North America and Italy, offering an insight into the player development program of one of the leading Italian football academies. Partner clubs will be given access to a tremendous array of coaching material, coaching support, player and family support and become part of the club’s international network with resources, tours and quality coaching of players available at every turn.


Udinese are the second oldest club in Italy and one of the founding members of Serie A, being founded in 1896. They have a strong history in the top flight of Italian football and have made appearances in the Champions League, Europa League and won the Coppa Italia.


Massimiliano Ferrigno, Udinese Calcio, International Program Director said
, “We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Global Image Sports and the creation of our North American Football Academy. We are confident that our partner club program that has become such an incredible success in Italy will thrive in the North American arena and offer players, parents and clubs opportunities to learn, develop and become part of the Udinese family.”


Darran Walter, Global Image Sports, Operations & Professional Club Liaison Officer
said, “We are pleased to be partnering with another fantastic Italian club and see this as another step on our journey to provide the best coaching and opportunities to young players in North America. The Udinese project is a fascinating one and the resources and care they take with their players and partners is second to none. We look forward to helping them grow in the region and expand their reach.”


Part of the agreement will see the Udinese Calcio North American Academy host a series of Elite Player ID Events and National Residential events in late 2017 and all through 2018 with its partner clubs. For more information on how to become a North American partner club of Udinese and access their coaching and player resources, please contact Reis Williams at reis@globalimagesports.com or Aldo Marinelli at aldo@globalimagesports.com.



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Player Development - The Residential Academy

Posted by Marketing, 2nd May 2017

GIS’ business consultant and former D1 College Player, Stewart Abrahart recently visited the GIS European Residential Academy program in Verona, Italy. Here are some of his insights into the experiences of that time there, looking after our Elite players.


Waking up to a fresh espresso or a Paluani Chocolate Croissant are sensations that became so familiar while in Verona Italy. My journey starts back when I was a lot younger, filled with youthfulness and opportunity.


I too, was once an aspiring young football player. Back in the days when ODP, Disney All-Stars and Region League were all ‘higher standard’ football programs that I was a part of.


But seeing the experience these boys have at Chievo Verona takes me back to the days when football was played without a care in the world, with nothing but aspiration and dreams. Back when simple things such as the fresh smell of grass, or the touch of a round-shaped ball, were taken for granted. Back when opportunities, such as the Chievo Verona Residential Camp, didn’t exist – the epitome of a true elite experience.


Spending 10 days here has brought me back to my playing days, but has also given me an appreciation for the opportunity these boys have. Truly, this is a worldwide Residential Academy, with boys coming from Australia, Canada, Hawaii, California, and the Northeast US. GIS is offering a remarkably unique experience for all aspiring kids.



I’m actually not “too” old (just 24 years young)! But when it comes to football and regressing to the memories of the past, I’m all too old! Seeing these boys with so much time ahead of them makes me wish I could jump into their shoes and run out there with them for their latest training session.


Only a year ago I was playing Division 1 soccer at UAB, yet it seems a lifetime has passed since those days. Maybe because I miss the sport, maybe because I miss the feeling of going out to practice with friends or maybe because I miss getting pumped up for a big match! Whatever it is, whatever that feeling was that gave me such a buzz, I miss it.


The ‘Chievo Verona Experience’ really opens the doors to techniques that have been honed for years, techniques that have been cultivated for decades. One might not notice this ‘Italian way’ unless you’ve had the unique experience of playing in different countries and having been able to learn and study their methods.


When I was 17 I was offered a 1-year contract at Sheffield Wednesday, after doing a 2-week trial. At the time I was already fully committed to UAB, a highly regarded Division 1 program in Alabama. It was one of the toughest decisions of my life, which culminated with me deciding to play in college; the good news is there is no correct way to do it, and the Chievo Residential Program gives kids the opportunity to choose between the college game and the professional one, or at least prepares you for both.


As well as giving the boys an opportunity to learn a new language, live in a different country and gain valuable life experience, it also allows them to continue their studies. The boys wake up, go to practice, eat loads of pasta, get to see the city, and talk Italian to their peers, just to name a few of the benefits. If I only had a program that offered half of those when I was the same age, (14-17), I would have jumped at the opportunity!



Unfortunately for me, my career slowed due to injuries in college, and I didn’t get the opportunity to chase my professional dream. But coming to Italy really showed me the difference in techniques between the English, Germans, Italians, and all the other superpowers us “football-heads” have become so accustomed to.


It wasn’t until I was on the pitch with an Italian when I realized the natural way their foot caresses the ball with every touch, almost as if every touch is telling the ball, “it’s okay, I’ll take care of you.” I was amazed by the assuredness on the ball, as well as their ability to turn and change directions so naturally. They have an incredible ability to make every touch a deceptive one – giving the opponent a sense of dizziness when trying to follow their next move (I experienced this first hand).


One weekend the boys got the Primavera (Chievo’s U23s), to play with us in a ‘pick-up’ match. Another exciting opportunity the Chievo Residential Academy provides is that you are living alongside some of the next generation of professionals, some being as young as 16. But boy, was I in for a surprise! These kids were so incredibly deceptive. Now I know why it’s so hard to guard players like Messi. Deceptiveness can be taught, and it has been cultivated right here in Chievo. Every single player at this Academy must have this ability. It is taught, developed and then practiced until it becomes flawless.


Without digressing anymore, the experience was as much an eye-opener for myself as it has been for these boys. Gaining an insiders perspective to a Serie A club, that has been producing players for years, is an invaluable one.


Whatever your goal, whether it is playing professional football, playing in college, or gaining valuable life experience, all of this can be accomplished here at Chievo Verona.


Coming from one recently retired athlete to the many young players out there pursuing their dreams, do whatever it takes to get you closer to your goal. Hindsight is a great thing, and being able to provide it for others is even better. Pursue your dreams, work hard in school, enjoy yourself, and everything else will fall into place.


From one retired athlete to the next professional one.


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Global Image Sports & ChievoVerona Cement Partnership Agreement

Posted by Marketing, 16th March 2017

Global Image Sports and AC ChievoVerona have today re-launched their partnership agreement and cemented a long-term vision to promote the club on the international scene. The agreement will see the club working with GIS until at least 2020 and expanding its range of international programs, soccer support services and player development plans.



The newly reinvigorated approach will begin next week – with Chievo academy coaching staff visiting Singapore for 9 days to host a Chievo masterclass camp, deliver coaching education seminars to over 20 local aspiring coaches as well as host an elite player ID trial. There will also be several special visits to local international soccer schools and their players, to deliver and present the Chievo method and invite players and their families back to the club in the Fall, managed via GIS. Meanwhile, the North American Elite Trip group are currently completing the second of what are six planned tours to the club before the summer travel period starts. Clubs from Australia, Asia and the UK will visit in the second half of the year.


The ChievoVerona International Academy, powered by GIS in the territory of North America now stands at over 35 clubs, 25,000 players and saw over 200 people visit the city of Verona and the Academy in 2016. With long term ambitions to continue to develop these offerings now strengthened by the new agreement, Chievo partner clubs can look forward to additional coaching support, camps that are run by staff exclusively employed at the Academy and the opportunity for all players to continue to travel to Verona and be part of the Academy setup, under the GIS Tiered System of Player Development, which provides coaching and resources based on ability and the fulfilment of player potential.



The GIS European Residential Academy, which is run at ChievoVerona and the purpose built Bottagisio Sports Center, will also continue to expand under the partnership, with 16 places available in September 2017. This elite level program is open to players from 14-18, who meet the ability and entry criteria of the club but which provides a full immersion in the Chievo academy up to three times a week, as well as matches and a dedicated program of technical, physical, psychological and social training. The growth of this program which enables players to develop and understand the requirements of the professional game or to expand their future College resume is a keystone of GIS’ own development and is open to the very best players who are hand-picked by the club.


GIS CEO James Abrahart said regarding the announcement – “We could not be more thrilled to be announcing this today. Having visited the club several times in the last few years, we have developed a real affinity with the people, the culture but most importantly the soccer. Players, parents and coaches who come here are going to get an immersion and a level of knowledge and development that is almost impossible to find anywhere else. Every player & coach we have sent to Chievo has always come home saying the same thing – how much they had learned and improved.


ChievoVerona International Development Officer Davide Caliaro said – “We have worked closely with GIS over the last few years and they have always had a strong vision for the growth of the club. As a strongly established Serie A team with an Academy that has recently won several championships at different age groups, we understand the importance of growing internationally. Our aim is to provide the best training and quality in everything we do, to ensure the well-being of the player at all times and to look to develop our International Academy to one day welcome a player from the GIS territories into our first team.”


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Above and Beyond in 2017

Posted by Marketing, 13th January 2017

With 2016 behind us and 2017 now well underway, the team at GIS never take their foot off the gas and have been working hard throughout the winter to bring you even more opportunities over the next 12 months. As the team currently finds themselves in LA at the National Soccer Coaches Convention, we thought this was the opportune moment to show you what’s on the cards for us and our clubs, players and families in 2017…


PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

GIS have established relationships with 15 professional sports clubs in Europe across different countries, leagues and cities. Simply put – why partner with 1 when you can have access to all?! Partner clubs and their board will have the option to enter into rolling agreements with GIS this year to have access to everything; which will open up a wealth of resources to coaches and players and open doors to hundreds of new opportunities in terms of support, international travel and technical programs aimed at nurturing development. The GIS Rewards Scheme for all partner clubs being rolled out in 2017 will also see us investing more in club/coaching education and development – either via resources, coaching placements, diplomas or workshops available to all partners under the auspices of multiple pro partner clubs. This will include a bespoke teamwear service via Macron in Italy, who are now established with several Premier League clubs with their incredible technical performance range, fast turnaround and stylish design.



CAMPS & NATIONAL CAMPS

The 2017 camp schedule is in full swing and you can locate camps to sign up for by state or locale by following this link.  With an army of coaches from our professional partners ready to travel across the Atlantic to bring their experience and methods to you, make sure you get signed up early on to take advantage of offers that will come your way soon!


The National Camp dates for Georgia and Arizona are now out, with invites to follow from the regional camps this summer. Stay tuned!


GA

July 23rd to 26th (West Ham United – TBC)
July 27th to 30th (Wolves)
July 27th to 30th (Genoa)
August 2nd to 5th (Stoke City)
August 2nd to 5th (GIS International Series – Multiple Pro Clubs)


AZ

July 28th to 31st (West Ham United – TBC)
August 1st to 4th (Chievo Verona)


PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

2017 will see huge strides forward in terms of player development by putting players onto a pathway under the auspices of our staff, coaches and pro clubs. Camp invitees and National Camp attendants will be given the ability to progress and learn through positive reinforcement. Understanding that players mature differently in terms of their mental, physical and emotional skills through their younger and teenage years is the core concept behind this idea; with all players being grouped under the GIS Tiered System of Player Development. Whether it be Academy Prospect, Academy Elite Player or Academy Development Group - the system ensures the optimum level of training will get to you and offers you resources and experiences that will stimulate your growth as football players but enable you to understand the techniques and lessons needed to aim higher and achieve your ambitions.



PLAYER RESOURCES

The best coaching in the industry and exposure to phenomenal opportunities aren’t necessarily all the pieces of the jigsaw so GIS will be investing time and energy into giving our players the methods to use their soccer as a springboard for their lives. The hugely successful GIS Winter Series event in 2016 featuring the Meulensteen Method and US Technical Championship will expand and run again in 2017, with more offerings and curriculum made available from this incredible program. The brainchild of former Manchester United Assistant Manager, Rene Meulensteen; the USTC program is about confidence, skill development and learning through trial and error, putting the love of the game first to build confident, ambitious players.



Likewise – for the older players in our family, GIS will be progressing plans to develop our College ID camp offerings and our relationships with the colleges in the USA. Bigger events are planned for 2017 with our partners across the continent – again focusing on the quality and ability to use our services and partnerships to our players to propel them to new heights in their education and personal development through their innate ability in the game of soccer.


If that wasn’t enough – we’ve also invested and set up a fantastic program at Chievo Verona in Northern Italy – the GIS European Residential Academy which commenced in September 2016 and has doubled in size as of January. With 18 places available in September 2017 – the program gives players the chance to stay on site at a professional academy for 8 months of the year, with full exposure and access to the academy staff and training. The chance to live abroad, study abroad and get full video analysis, feedback and support with pursuing a college scholarship is also provided. Two players who have been on the program since September have already had approaches from several colleges, based on the recommendations and support offered through this program via GIS relationships.


THE ‘GLOBAL’ GAME

We’re not just limited to North America anymore – with fully established operations in Oceania, South East Asia and all over Europe all growing this year. Our first South American professional partner club will be signed soon (stay tuned!) so it won’t be long before we are hosting the first GIS World Series event to see who our best players & teams are from all corners of the globe!


THE e-FACTOR

Let’s be honest - we all live, breathe and sleep soccer every single day, but sometimes it doesn’t get better than a game of FIFA with your teammates. GIS are teaming up with Gfinity Gaming in 2017 to bring you the chance to sign up to an online portal and take part in exclusive games and competitions to win prizes and get more involved in the ever growing world of eSports. Stay tuned!


MOMS & DADS

You didn’t think we’d forget you did you? To the parents – for your amazing support and the incredible job you do with these kids in our programs, we’ll always keep you appraised of all offers, news and support services as they happen in 2017. If any of you out there are keen soccer enthusiasts yourself – why not look into our adult tours being offered in 2017? We have the chance for you to travel to Italy or England, play some matches with veterans teams and also see a wealth of live games from the Premier League, Champions League or Serie A! Take a look here – it might turn out to be a great way of staying active or putting on the cleats after all these years and rolling back the magic!


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Global Image Sports Announces 2017 Select & All-Star Tours!

Posted by Marketing, 10th January 2017

January 10th, 2017 – Global Image Sports are delighted to announce our range of Select and All-Star trips for the coming year. Due to the success and great feedback we have had in the past from players and parents, it is a great feeling for us to continue to be able to offer this great opportunity to our GIS members. This will be the third year the program has been in operation.


The GIS Select and All-Star trips were created to offer new opportunities to our GIS members to travel abroad to our professional partner football clubs and experience the high level training at their facilities, visit new cities, play friendly games against opposition teams and overall experience the unique environment within a professional football club. The aim of the trip is to create travel teams of 22 players from all 300+ of our youth partners and for these talented youngsters to spend a week at some of these phenomenal training facilities.



GIS SELECT:
The GIS select trips are open to all our GIS members that have previously attended one of our GIS events, this year we will have 6 different trips spread across boys and girls groups. The Select Argentina trip players will have the opportunity to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina and spend a week at our partner CA Húracan. The Select Spain trip players will have the opportunity to travel to Barcelona, Spain and spend a week at our partner RCD Espanyol. The Select UK trip players will have the opportunity to travel to Glasgow, Scotland and Sheffield, England and spend a week at our partner clubs, Glasgow Rangers FC and Sheffield Wednesday FC. The Select Italy trip players will have the opportunity to travel to Verona and Genoa in Italy and spend a week at our partners AC ChievoVerona and Genoa CFC.


GIS ALL-STAR:
The GIS All-Star trip is open for only players that have previously attended either one of our professional clubs national camp or one of our professional clubs Elite Academy Trips. This year we have only one All-Star trip that will be going to Wolverhampton and Stoke-on-Trent in England and they will be visiting our partners Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City FC.


Why should I attend this trip?
This trips offer an amazing opportunity for our GIS members to showcase their talent in front of the academy coaches of these professional clubs. The players will get unique behind-the-scenes access to train at the academy facilities of these professional clubs, access to VIP tour of their stadiums and facilities, opportunity to watch a live Serie A, La Liga or English Premier League game, visit major cities in Europe, as well as being able to play friendly games against academy or local teams.


How do I register for one of these trips?


In the links below, you can also find additional information regarding the trip including: sample itinerary, cost, what is included, trip FAQs and other information.


For GIS Select Argentina (00-01 B) click here
For GIS Select Spain (02-03 B) click here
For GIS Select UK (04-05 B) click here
For GIS Select UK (06-07 B) click here
For GIS Select Italy (00-02 G) click here
For GIS Select Italy (03-05 G) click here
For GIS All-Star (00-03 B) please email Aldo Marinelli at aldo@globalimagesports.com


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Global Image Sports Partners with the Bristol Inner City Academy

Posted by Marketing, 15th December 2016

December 15th, 2016 - The Bristol Inner City Football Academy (BICA) have agreed a partnership with sports management company, Global Image Sports (GIS) and have become the inaugural GIS youth partner club in the United Kingdom.


With nearly 300 talented young footballers in their network, phase one of this partnership will see the BICA host a GIS-led event in 2017, with professional European partner clubs in attendance, notably A.C. Chievo Verona from Serie A. Academy staff from the club will visit Bristol in the early summer of 2017 to deliver a series of coaching workshops, technical advice and identify players for a return trip to Italy to compete against the academy squads.


Future plans for the partnership include opening up places on the GIS European Residential Academy for the stand-out players in the program as well as giving the BICA access to additional GIS professional partners, which ranges from sports science and technology advice, to outsourced marketing or attendance at GIS tournaments overseas.


Founded in 2011, the BICA was created in the wake of the establishment of the Elite Player Performance Plan in the UK and has a technical and professional syllabus designed to attract the best players and give them a true sense of development both on and off the field.




GIS, having been established in South-East Asia, Oceania and North America for nearly 12 years is now looking to help and support clubs from Europe through free partnerships and by providing additional opportunities in the form of coaching, tours, technology, marketing, sponsorship or education options to US colleges and universities.


BICA Director, Patrick Williams, commented “I am beyond excited to be announcing this partnership with Global Image Sports. As someone who has built a program from scratch that is focused around the welfare and long-term aspirations of young players, it is great to see like-minded organisations out there with the energy and commitment to help us and provide platforms to new ventures.”


GIS Professional Club Liaison Officer, Darran Walter, said “We are so happy to be welcoming Patrick and his players from the Academy into our network of youth partners. They have an outstanding setup and infrastructure which we are proud to be able to help them grow. As GIS now begins to expand its operation into Europe, we see the BICA as the flag-bearer of this next phase of growth.”


Details of the first BICA event will be released in the New Year and will be available to all players in the south west region, with discounted rates for the BICA players themselves.



For more information, please visit www.globalimagesports.com or www.bicadc.co.uk

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2016 Father Christmas Cup

Posted by Marketing, 13th December 2016

On Saturday December 17th at Silverbacks Park, Atlanta – the greater sporting community of Georgia will come together to take part in the Father Christmas Cup, a soccer tournament that is now entering its 13th year of running. It has hitherto been firmly established as an annual soccer fundraiser that helps to showcase the power of sport in bringing together communities in times of great need.


The core purpose of the event is to provide comfort and financial support to a family who will be experiencing their first Christmas without a loved one. The chosen beneficiaries of this year’s event are Major Greg Barney, Frank Hugh Chillemi, Edmundo (Mundo) Campbell and U.S. Marshal Deputy Commander, Patrick Thomas Carothers.


The 2016 event will run from approximately 8.30am until 5.30pm and will feature youth and adult matches, raffles, an online auction (you can participate even if you don’t attend the tournament) and a moment of silence for the honourees. The top auction prize this year has been donated by GIS and its partner, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and includes 2 x free economy class tickets to England with Premier League match tickets included (terms, conditions and exceptions apply). Atlanta United F.C. will once again be heavily involved in the event as the lead sponsor on the day. GIS have also contributed a series of signed jerseys from our professional partners in Europe, along with other leading European soccer clubs, as part of the auction.



With over 55 teams expected to attend this year, player numbers above 750, as well as the expansion of the tournament to include a ladies competition, the Father Christmas Cup continues to be a cornerstone of community cohesion and togetherness, at a time of year when it is needed most. The addition of more sponsors, participants and awareness surrounding the competition only serves to reinforce the notion upon which it was founded – the power of hope, peace, civility and regard for one’s fellow man.


Global Image Sports is proud to be an active sponsor to the event and will be sending out a team on Saturday to take part in the competition and lend our support on the day. The success of the event is only made possible through the engagement and generosity of the wider Atlanta Soccer Community.


As a final bit of food for thought – the core founding principle of the Father Christmas Cup comes from a story left on the fields of Flanders during World War I. On Christmas Day in 1914, German and Allied forces stopped shelling each other and instead met in no-man’s land to partake in a game of football. The image of casting aside one’s pre-conceived ideals to instead show compassion, good nature and non-prejudice is a potent message that underpins the substantive ethos of what the Father Christmas Cup aims to get to the heart of, in speaking to the beneficiary families.


Global Image Sports would like to wish everyone involved on Saturday the very best in the running of the day and also to send a message of support to the families involved in the event. Soccer as a source of community spirit is a powerful force indeed at this time of year.


Follow all at the Father Christmas Cup action on the day via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



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Global Image Sports Announces Partnership with Georgia Soccer

Posted by Marketing, 7th December 2016

Global Image Sports (GIS) Announces Partnership with Georgia Soccer as an Official Soccer Tour Provider.


November 18th 2016 - Georgia Soccer is pleased to partner with industry-leading sports management company, Global Image Sports (GIS) who will become an official tour provider for its members.


The partnership will see GIS working closely with Georgia Soccer members and their teams to provide both youth and adult soccer tours that deliver unique access and experiences to the extensive network of GIS professional partner clubs across the globe. GIS will also offer members additional opportunities around coaching and player development in the state.


Georgia Soccer Executive Director Greg Griffith noted that: “We are really excited about becoming partners with GIS. Being able to offer these tours to both our youth and adult members will be a unique opportunity for all who love the game. GIS offers great access to some of the best known professional clubs in the world and will provide tour participants state of the art training opportunities along with a wonderful cultural experience. We also look forward to working with GIS and its extensive professional club network to host more events in Georgia”


GIS Chief Executive Officer, James Abrahart said: “We are truly excited about this partnership with Georgia Soccer and the opportunity to offer their members wonderful life long memories through our sports tour experiences. Additionally we look forward to building on this partnership and developing some unique programs aimed at players and coaching development.”


He went on to explain, “GIS is a sports management company unlike any other. Our established relationships with a variety of professional clubs afford us access to world class training and a personable, welcoming feel to every tour we organise. Our network of contacts and years of experience means we can find the best training and teams for your group to play against as well as arranging a truly unforgettable cultural experience.”


GEORGIA SOCCER and GIS will work together to deliver the following benefits and programs to their members.


1. As Official Soccer Tour partner GIS will offer industry leading tours to Europe. GIS provides unique experiences for youth and adult teams, individual players, coaches and fans through their network of professional European clubs. GA soccer members will receive discounted rates for GIS tour offerings.
2. Coaching education seminars- GIS & GA soccer will be offering unique coach education clinics for GA soccer members in the summer of 2017.
3. International coaching trips- unparalleled behind the scenes coaching education at top European professional academies.
4. Unique reward opportunities for GA soccer players, and coaches- ie prizes/recognition.
5. Development pathways for players and coaches.


Over the next several months more information about the partnership and programs will be forthcoming. In the meantime for 2017 youth trips GEORGIA SOCCER members should contact aldo@globalimagesports.com for information.  For 2017 adult soccer tours and to register members can visit www.globalimagesports.com/services/travel-tours/adult or email nickb@globalimagesports.com for more information.

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Global Image Sports Announces Partnership With The USASA

Posted by Marketing, 17th November 2016

Global Image Sports (GIS) Announces Partnership with the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as a Tour Provider


November 17th 2016
- The United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) is pleased to partner with industry-leading sports management company, Global Image Sports (GIS) who will become an official tour provider for its members.


The partnership will see GIS working closely with USASA members and their teams to offer tours that deliver unique access and experiences to the extensive network of GIS professional partner clubs across the globe.


USASA Executive Director Duncan Riddle noted that: “We are really motivated about becoming partners with GIS. Being able to offer these tours to our thousands of members will be a unique opportunity for all who love the game, especially since it is not every day you come across a partner who can offer unparalleled behind the scenes access. We also look forward to using GIS and its extensive network to host more events in the domestic US.”


GIS Chief Executive Officer, James Abrahart said: “We are truly excited about this partnership with the USASA and the opportunity to offer their members wonderful life long memories through our sports tour experiences.”


He went on to explain, “GIS is a sports management company unlike any other. Our established relationships with a variety of professional clubs afford us behind the scenes access and a personable, welcoming feel to every tour we organize. Our network of contacts and years of experience means we can find the best teams for your group to play against as well as selecting and customizing a tour to your needs when it comes to sampling local sport and arranging a truly unforgettable cultural experience.”


As a globally established company in operation for nearly 10 years, GIS are able to offer tours all over Europe, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada and the United States. The professional clubs they work with have over 1600 years of shared history between them and GIS is trusted with these iconic brands. These clubs play in the English Premier League, English Championship, Portuguese Premier Division, La Liga and the Dutch Eredivisie so a full range of options are available.


The 2017 adult tour calendar includes a Scotland tour in late August to visit host partner club Rangers FC in Glasgow. This tour includes playing soccer games against local opposition as well as 2 rounds of golf on famous Scottish courses. Sightseeing and exploring in both Glasgow and Edinburgh will make this a truly memorable experience.


USASA members can see all the 2017 tour details and register at www.globalimagesports.com/services/travel-tours/adult or email nickb@globalimagesports.com for more information.


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Chievo Verona 2017 Coaching Education Trip

Posted by Marketing, 20th October 2016

ChievoVerona Coaching Education Trip


Dates: February 3rd – February 10th 2017
Location: Bottagisio Sports Centre, Verona, Italy
Capacity: 9 Coaches


GIS’ professional partner, A.C. ChievoVerona will be hosting their second annual coaching education week in February of 2017, following the huge success of the inaugural event earlier on this year. The main goal of the program is to give exclusive access for GIS affiliated coaches to the ChievoVerona facilities, training programs and methods/philosophies that govern the football club’s academy infrastructure.


For the week long duration of the course, all coaches in attendance will have unlimited and open access to all training sessions and will be offered the opportunity to interact with the players, coaching staff as well as senior Academy personnel into what the reasoning behind the method is all about. There will also be classroom sessions that explain and present Chievo’s setup when it comes to scouting, player recruitment, strength & conditioning, nutrition and also the finer details about how the academy judges development and its views on integrating players into its Primavera squad (second team) and eventually first team. There will also be exclusive closed doors access to a first team training session at the Veronello sports complex near Lake Garda.



Away from the education, coaches will have the opportunity to explore the amazing city of Verona, attend a live Serie A game as well as have access to all academy fixtures for observation and assessment. GIS will also be arranging for the group to spend a day at Inter Milan and as part of their academy setup! The group are looked after by Davide Caliaro – the head of International Development for ChievoVerona and the head coach of the U13 squad at the academy.


The 2016 coaching trip featured 6 staff from the Southern Soccer Academy (who operate in Georgia, Florida and Alabama) and have nearly 12,000 players in their network. They had lectures from Marco Fioretto (Academy Director), Cristian Cantarelli (Chief Scout) and Lorenzo D’Anna (Head Coach – Second Team). You can read more about this trip here.



A video interview with Simon Davey, Director of SSA, about the week can also be viewed here.


Davey said “The facilities are first class and for us [SSA] who are trying to build a program, the access you get is superb. I cannot thank the staff enough, it helps us develop our own programmes and take a level of education back to America that is hugely beneficial when implementing our ‘pay to play’ model.”


If this sounds like something you would be interested in attending or would like more information – please email Aldo Marinelli at aldo@globalimagesports.com or get registered by clicking below. Spaces are limited so sign up fast!


SIGN UP FOR CHIEVO COACHING EDUCATION TRIP


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GIS Player Profile: Merritt Morine

Posted by Marketing, 19th October 2016

Player Profile

Merritt Jaxx Morine
Born July 14th, 2002
Current Club:  Lakehead Express (Thunder Bay, ON)
Interests: Soccer, Cheerleading and Basketball
Ambitions: Play for Team Canada and become a Sports Trainer
Number of ID Camps Attended: 4
Number of National Camps Attended: 5
Number of Elite Trips Invites: 3


Merritt Morine is an example of a stand-out GIS player. Shy and nervous at first glance but with a determination and love for the game of soccer that impacts all around her. Frequently invited to the National Camps and Elite Trip programs – this talented young soccer player has made Italy her second home after travelling across 4 states, 2 provinces and 9 cities to get there.


Hi Merritt – can you tell us a bit about your soccer background and where your love of the sport comes from?
I started playing when I was 5 years old! From the age of 9 I was playing rec level soccer and competitive games. This was what we call a fundamentals league but my Dad played up to state level so I was always around a soccer ball from a very young age. In the area we live in, there are two serious clubs – Thunder Bay Chill and Lakehead Express and I have been lucky enough to play for both since the age of 9. My current coaches Rob Pasqualino and Savario Lento put me in alongside the boys as I always feel I need more of the competitive training!


When did GIS first appear on the scene?
We first found out after speaking to a local girl who had attended a GIS camp with West Ham United so I thought I’d try it myself. Three years later and I’ve managed to go to the camp each year – earning 3 elite trip invites and 5 national camp invites along the way.


What are the main differences between the training that you notice?
Chievo is a lot more technical – a lot of work on ball control, dealing with balls in the air, bounces, volleys, throws and receiving the football. West Ham is more about the ball being on the ground and understanding tactics. Doing both as a player helps me double up and cover both areas in a shorter time span! I love the bicycle kick shooting practice with Chievo and also the foot skill program with West Ham.




And you enjoy doing both?

Yes! I think you have to because you can take the best bits from both and use them to help yourself as a player. A lot of players in the local area have been hearing about the training I’ve been doing, the trips I’ve been on and the impact it’s had on me so they are now going to GIS camps to try out themselves. We don’t have anything like this in our city so to have access to this level of soccer training and these kinds of opportunities is really special.


You mentioned the trips you’ve been on – where did you end up going?
The first time I attended a ChievoVerona National Camp, I got invited back to Italy! I absolutely loved it – we were lucky enough to see AC Milan v Chievo in Serie A and training alongside the Italians was very special – but they were extremely good! It made me see the level they were able to reach and playing alongside their team was a tremendous honour. It was also tough to get used to the speed with which they play but it was a brilliant experience and it made me realise what I have to do to improve.



How do you think you’ve improved as a player over the last few years then?
2 years ago I was not a confident player at all – now I am the engine room of the team. I have better footwork, I’m faster and I can identify the gaps in the opposition much quicker. I’ve also got a stronger shot and I understand better where the ball should be going before I receive it.


While at the Chievo National Camp this past August in Arizona, my mom was sitting with a Californian coach who ended up inviting me to play in a tournament in Stanford! So straight after the National Camp we flew to San Francisco, trained with them for a week and finished runner up in the Stanford Classic! They’ve invited me back for another tournament with more to come in 2017 – this wouldn’t have been possible I don’t think 2 years ago so it’s nice for me to know I’m always improving and getting better.


I’ve also been invited to train and work alongside teams from Oakville, Ontario, Canada, Riverside, California and Minneapolis!


That’s fantastic! Well done! How was the rest of the National Camp?

It’s really hot all day! You have to be very careful but also very clever with what you do. It’s not humid like the National Camps in Georgia, which I prefer, but it does cool down at night a little bit. It’s an amazing camp and it goes to show how good the coaches are if you can improve and feel that improvement in just 4 days of really good and focused coaching. I am so grateful to GIS and know I would not be the player I am today without them.



And what are your targets for the future Merritt?
I’d like to trial for the provincial team and hopefully the state team. The ultimate goal would be Team Canada! With GIS – I’d like to do a trip to England, which may be possible as I got selected from the West Ham National Camp this year! Playing football in England is the ultimate dream and I can imagine playing alongside Katie Bottom, who coached me at the National Camp this year and who was an amazing coach and player.



What would you say the best things are about the GIS partnership?
I like the variety – we get access to different kinds of training so we always learn something new. I think as well it has made me a more confident person and player by forcing me to adapt and really get out of my comfort zone. I was talking to a lot of girls at the Chievo camp in Arizona this year and they ALL want to come to Italy now! I think the best thing is the coaching though – I’ve been so lucky to have been trained by some of the best coaches from around the world. My Mom and I worked out we have done about 120 hours of training with GIS programs. Oh, and meeting a lot of friends on Snapchat and Instagram and keeping in touch with them as a result of GIS camps is also a nice bonus – we choose to go to the camps so we can all see each other again!


Merritt was talking to Darran Walter, Operations & Pro Club Liaison Officer for GIS Europe.

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GIS Winter Series Events

Posted by Marketing, 27th September 2016

This December, Global Image Sports (in collaboration with Lakepoint Sports), will be launching an inaugural WINTER SERIES event in Georgia. This will mark the first time GIS have rolled out a dedicated winter based program to help allow our partners and players greater access to the high quality, outstanding training and professional level delivery we are known for.



The event will take place between the 19th and 21st December at the Lakepoint Community Sporting Facility. This amazing, multi-million dollar development is a complex unlike any other with more than 1,300 acres of space and a facility that boasts hotels, restaurants, retail, bowling, zip-lines, waterparks and much more besides! Lakepoint is one of the premier sports resorts in the United States and the GIS event will take place on their brand new turf soccer fields as well as the immense indoor arena that can put some aircraft hangars to shame!



The WINTER SERIES event is broken up into two distinct programs for different ages (both boys and girls can compete in either).


COLLEGE ID CAMP


For players born from 01/01/1999 to 12/31/2002, the college ID camp is a perfect program for high school age players to showcase their abilities in front of some of the most recognised college coaches and Universities in the US. All players will get the chance to work with the different coaches over the course of the 3 days and there will be a written evaluation at the end of the camp. There will be college coaches from NCAA Division 1 and 2 schools present at this event and it will feature classroom sessions and a full set of kit as part of the program.



US TECHNICAL CHAMPIONSHIP


For players born from 01/01/2002 to 12/31/2009, the USTC is a unique opportunity to further develop and motivate young aspiring and talented players by opening their eyes to the powers of skill, confidence and creativity. The GIS event is the brainchild of former Manchester United first team coach, Rene Meulensteen. Technical Championships have taken place all over the world – in Belgium, the Netherlands, South Africa and now for the second year, in the USA and Canada. For more information about the USTC, please click here.


What Should I Do?


Pick your event and we will see you on the 19th December! Whether you are interested in getting in front of some leading college coaches or unlocking the potential of skill based training, either event will help you on your path to improve as a soccer player. Each event features kit, lunches, classroom sessions, over 10 hours of coaching and a series of prizes or opportunities for further access to our European professional soccer partners. As an added bonus, the star performers over the weekend will earn a special invitation to compete in a professional academy tournament in Europe the following year and enter as part of a GIS team. Only the best will earn this special privilege so now is the time to start practicing!


TO REGISTER - CLICK HERE


FOR ANY QUESTIONS - PLEASE EMAIL ALDO@GLOBALIMAGESPORTS.COM


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Global Image Sports - GIS - Blog | GIS & ChievoVerona Launch European Residential Academy
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GIS & ChievoVerona Launch European Residential Academy

Posted by Marketing, 19th September 2016

Global Image Sports, in collaboration with professional partner, A.C. ChievoVerona have officially unveiled their European Residential Academy at the club’s Bottagisio Sports Centre in Verona, Italy.


The ambitious and exciting project will see these first 7 young players stay at the club’s academy facility and receive dedicated around-the-clock training both on and off the field. The $4.8 million purpose-built ‘Bottagisio’ can house up to 50 players and contains offices, classrooms, a restaurant, gym, multi-purpose functional training suite, laundry room as well as 4 next-generation turf fields for delivery of the football program.


The players form part of the International Academy squad and have a detailed and thoroughly designed 12-week program (per semester) that has been put together by ChievoVerona and their technical staff, who have worked with GIS for nearly 3 years and delivered over 200 camps in North America.  In addition to having access to 2 coaches, a goalkeeper coach and a strength & conditioning coach – there are medical and injury prevention training and rehab facilities available as needed. Each week, players will have to earn the chance to train alongside their peers in the ChievoVerona academy teams who make up the full-time youth component that comes into effect in Italy from the age of 15 onwards. There are also matches arranged each weekend with the local Italian partner clubs who work alongside Chievo which offers the opportunity to put their training and technical development into action! The semesters run from September to December and then again from January to May.



However, it is the hidden benefits that provide the greatest breadth and depth to this program. All players can be enrolled in Mater Academy in the city of Verona and can complete a series of online modules and academic programs that are monitored and updated online and made visible to the club, GIS and family. A dedicated GIS member of staff remains on site with the group 24/7 to ensure that their schedule is on track and they follow both the technical and academic programs laid on by the football club and educational body. Some can opt out of the Academy and continue to study their courses from back home online as well.


Each player is given Italian lessons as part of their stay and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant and cultural history of the city of Verona. Being just 10 minutes away from this metropolis that has stood here for nearly 2,500 years offers a new sense of perspective; the chance to try new cuisine, experience a European lifestyle and develop a series of skills off the field that will serve everyone later in life. Verona lies 90 minutes from both Milan and Venice with Bologna, Florence, Siena and Torino within striking distance. GIS and Mater Academy will be offering city visits to these locations as well as stadium tours of iconic Serie A clubs. Every single ChievoVerona home game in Serie A will be attended by the group as they look to cheer on the ‘gialloblu’ (yellow and blues)!



Matt Spiro, one of the academy players, said on arrival “I’m looking forward to starting the soccer and getting out on the field but also seeing Verona, learning Italian and trying to show Mom and Dad the best places to eat in the city when they come back in a few months! It’s an amazing facility and we have everything we need to hopefully be successful, I’ve enjoyed meeting my new teammates and hope we play well together.”


Mike Kelleher, COO of Global Image Sports commented, “We are thrilled to see our Residential Program with ChievoVerona underway and know that these first 7 players will enjoy themselves in such a fantastic location and facility. The program has been designed from a holistic point of view to enable the player to develop his football and technical expertise but also thrive away from it, in terms of academics, culture, history, food, language and personal growth. We feel very strongly about developing this program and look forward to adding more players to the group in January.”


If you are interested in enrolling in the Residential Academy Program and would like to find out more – please email ERA@globalimagesports.com, all completed entries for Semester 2 need to be submitted by October 31st.


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Global Image Sports - GIS - Blog | Málaga CF & GIS Launch North American Academy
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Málaga CF & GIS Launch North American Academy

Posted by Marketing, 16th September 2016

September 16th, 2016Málaga CF of the Spanish La Liga have agreed a partnership with sports management company, Global Image Sports in order to launch their North American Soccer Academy.


Phase one of the project will see The Málaga CF Youth Academy partner with a select number of youth soccer clubs across the United States and Canada. Each partner club’s coaches and players will have the opportunity to work with the Academy coaches from Málaga in both North America and Spain, offering an insight into the player development program of one of the leading Spanish football Academies.


Málaga CF are one of the oldest clubs in La Liga, having been formed in 1904. The Andalusian club is known for having one of the best academy structures in Spain and are currently managed by Juande Ramos. Their recent successful history in reaching major European quarter finals in both the Europa League and the Champions League means that their future North American partners can look forward to working alongside a footballing infrastructure with a very high pedigree on the world scene.


Academy Director, Manel Casanova said, “We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Global Image Sports and the creation of our North American Football Academy. We have always wanted to develop an International Program to further enhance the reach of Málaga CF and are very excited about working with players in North America and bringing them our vision of the club and its footballing legacy.”


James Abrahart, Global Image Sports, Chief Executive Officer said, “We are delighted to be partnering with yet another leading European football club as we continue to expand our offerings and reach into North America. The desire for more La Liga clubs in the region is something we have always wanted to promote and this gives us the chance to offer more world class sporting opportunities for our partners.”


Part of the agreement will see the Málaga CF North American Academy host a series of Elite Player ID Events with its partner clubs during 2016/17, culminating with The Academy Elite Player Experience in Spain in 2017. For more information on how to become a North American partner club of Málaga CF, please contact Aldo Marinelli at aldo@globalimagesports.com.

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Global Image Sports - GIS - Blog | FC Porto - The Dragon Force Arrives in South East Asia
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FC Porto - The Dragon Force Arrives in South East Asia

Posted by Marketing, 26th August 2016

GIS professional partner FC Porto spent two weeks in South East Asia earlier this month on a visit that saw them take in the magnificent sights of Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. The fabled ‘Dragon Force’ coaching method used by the academy staff was in action across three nations as academy coaches Antonio José da Silva Gouveia, Hugo André da Sá Periera Machado and Fábio da Cruz Santos got to work and experienced first-hand just how much the game of soccer is growing in this vibrant part of the world.


The journey began in Singapore, with the first camp hosted by the SCC Soccer Academy at a venue located right in the middle of the downtown city-state. 50 lucky players got the opportunity to train, play matches, learn and develop their skills under the watchful eye of the Porto staff. Dragon Force coaching is famous for its high press, high tempo possession based game which also focuses on the elements of counter-attacking and quick decision making in the heat of the moment. Not stopping there however, Antonio, Hugo and Fábio then delivered a coaching education session to 30 young coaches from around Singapore to help them on their way in their flourishing early careers!



Following the conclusion of the Singapore trip, the focus shifted to Thailand and Malaysia, with the coaching staff splitting up to continue their respective journeys. Antonio had the privilege of heading to Thailand and working with local GIS partner, Phuket Soccer Schools, who are run by Martin Hill (a former experienced level coach who spent many years in North America). Here, the FC Porto coach got the opportunity to deliver a 4 day Dragon Force camp to a group of 21 young talents assembled at our selected top quality venue HeadStart International School. In addition, the coaches utterly thrilled the hearts of 20 underprivileged locals at a half-day community philanthropic event. The owner and principal of the school, Jazon Edouard supported the event from inception and included a coaching education session for a group of local coaches who support the youth clubs and schools in the area. A truly fantastic and special camp to be a part of for all involved.



Meanwhile, Hugo and Fabio met up with GIS partner, 1MCC, who we featured earlier in the year in our global series article. The 1MCC team hosted an event that saw over 100 players work with the Dragon Force team throughout the week. The coaching staff were able to up the ante and work the players very hard but ensure that a great deal of learning and development took place.



1MCC were formed 5 years ago by Dato’ Chan Tien Ghee and Dato’ Vivienne Leong (CEO) , who now run a community project and league that encompasses over 280 teams over 3 different age groups. The group work at all levels in terms of development, academy and player progression and GIS assist with the provision of access to the level of coaching the players require, especially in the form of the FC Porto Dragon Force and the teachings of a Champions League winning club, a system put in place by Jose Mourinho during his tenure!


The growth of the sport of soccer in South East Asia continues to accelerate and the reception given to FC Porto after their journey has been nothing short of astounding. With the club securing a Champions League spot again for the 2016/17 season after beating Roma on Wednesday night, we hope that one day, some of these players taught in the Dragon Force method may hopefully grace the hallowed turf of the Estadio do Dragao.


GIS would like to say a big thank you to its team in South East Asia and all who helped to make these camps a fantastic success! More to come in the future!


If you are interested in hosting a FC Porto camp event through a free partnership with Global Image Sports – please contact us here.


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Global Image Sports - GIS - Blog | Global Image Sports Enters into Partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways and Delta
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Global Image Sports Enters into Partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways and Delta

Posted by Marketing, 5th July 2016

Sports management company, Global Image Sports (GIS), have entered into a partnership agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA) and Delta, in a move that will see VAA and Delta become the Official Airline Partners of GIS for the foreseeable future.


The partnership will see GIS working directly with Virgin Atlantic and Delta to offer preferred rates of air travel to players, parents and coaching staff travelling within the United Kingdom and North America. The airlines will be actively involved in enabling GIS to carry out its industry leading camp and coaching education programs across the world. One of the great benefits of the partnership is the opportunity for the 400+ partner clubs of GIS to be able to access these great rates and experience quality VAA and Delta service at the same time.


GIS Chief Executive Officer, James Abrahart said, “We are always on the look-out for value added services for our partners and in Virgin Atlantic Airways and Delta, we have world class airlines who are able to extend their services to the thousands of families that we work directly with.”


“After a hugely successful recent period for GIS which has seen us fly nearly 8 million air miles in 2 months in order to expand our various programs, we are excited about being able to enhance this part of our business and further develop the experience for our customers.”


James Rowan from Virgin Atlantic said “we’re really looking forward to working with GIS – in a short period of time they have become established as a market leader in offering first class sporting experiences to young players around the world.”


“Thanks to our ever expanding routes and flight networks, we can offer direct flights to large numbers of major US cities, some of which include Atlanta, Orlando, San Francisco and Boston. A partnership with GIS will help us connect more people to these locations and become actively engaged in further sporting endeavors.”


Global Image Sports is a sports management company that provides opportunities and experiences via the formation of strategic partnerships in the sports industry. It prides itself on a professional approach to its business activities and strives to be the market leader in its field while offering its customers unrivalled service and satisfaction. For more information go to www.globalimagesports.com or email info@globalimagesports.com


For over 30 years, Virgin Atlantic has been the long haul airline for people who want flying to be a thrill. Every year, it flies over six million of those people to top destinations around the world.


When they step onboard, your customers experience a unique spirit and sense of adventure brought to them through friendly, intuitive service. Along with plenty of innovative touches that make their journey feel really special. So whether they’re travelling for work or pleasure, with Virgin Atlantic the journey’s a springboard to grab life and ‘let it fly.’


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Global Image Sports - GIS - Blog | Portland Timbers & Portland Thorns FC Renew Partnership with Global Image Sports
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Portland Timbers & Portland Thorns FC Renew Partnership with Global Image Sports

Posted by Marketing, 6th June 2016

Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC renew partnership with Global Image Sports.


June 06, 2016 – MLS Champions Portland Timbers and NWSL team Portland Thorns FC have renewed their partnership with Sports Management Company, Global Image Sports (GIS).


This revised agreement will see the Timbers and Thorns FC working with GIS on a number of projects both in the USA and overseas, including Player ID camps, youth club partnerships and residential camp opportunities.


Mike Kelleher, Chief Operating Officer of Global Image Sports said, “We are delighted to announce our continuation of this partnership with the MLS Champions as well as with the Portland Thorns. We see a great opportunity to continue to grow the game here in the USA with one of the major success stories in recent years in professional soccer.”


Mike Smith, Youth Sporting Director of the Portland Timbers said, “We place great value on our partnership with GIS and the unique opportunity it has provided us with to develop and grow our brand in new markets – both domestically and overseas. We are excited for the coming months and years and look forward to working with more players and coaches with GIS.”


Global Image Sports is a sports management company that provides opportunities and experiences via the formation of strategic partnerships in the sports industry. It prides itself on a professional approach to its business activities and strives to be the market leader in its field while offering its customers unrivalled service and satisfaction. For more information go to www.globalimagesports.com


The Portland Timbers are the reigning Champions of Major League Soccer, defeating Columbus Crew 2-1 in the 2015 MLS Cup.  They are located in Portland, Oregon where the original Timbers team first played in the North American Soccer League in 1975.  Portland Thorns FC play in the National Women’s Soccer League, winning the NWSL Championship during their inaugural 2013 season. For more information go to http://www.timbers.com


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Wolverhampton Wanderers FC renews partnership with Global Image Sports

Posted by Marketing, 3rd June 2016

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (Wolves) of the English Championship have renewed their partnership with US based Sports Management Company, Global Image Sports (GIS). 


This new agreement will see a continuation of the Wolves North American Academy under the direction of GIS and in close consultation with Wolves Academy Manager, Gareth Prosser and the Club’s coaching staff. The partnership is now in it’s fifth year and provides the Wolves Academy with a presence with 55 partner clubs in 22 US States.


James Abrahart, Chief Executive Officer of Global Image Sports said, “We are delighted to announce the continuation of our partnership with Wolverhampton Wanderers and their Category 1 Academy, with whom we have a first class relationship.  We look forward to hosting many more events and experiences on their behalf.”


Wolves Chief Executive Officer, Jez Moxey said, “We have worked with GIS for a number of years now and have established a mutually beneficial relationship which we value.  The commitment GIS give to our Academy, our Club and our Brand especially in North America has been excellent. They have assisted with the growth of the Wolves identity and values and we look forward to that continuing well into the future.”

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Stoke City FC Partner with Orlando City SC

Posted by Marketing, 10th May 2016

On May 6th 2016, GIS Professional Partner, Stoke City FC announced an innovative partnership agreement with Orlando City SC from the MLS. The benefits of increased collaboration between Premier League sides and international sporting partners have become increasingly important as the game becomes both a truly globalised juggernaut and commercial industry.


The official press release from the clubs focuses on the partnership being about “collaboration opportunities with multi-faceted affiliations that are designed to enhance the supporter experience and create competition for both sides.” From a sporting perspective – this will give rise to player exchange opportunities, access to scouting networks, recruitment benefits and finally, new marketing campaigns for both clubs. Stoke City fans can also utilise the club’s partnership with Global Image Sports (GIS) for fan-based travel options or support should the two sides meet in the future.


The link between Stoke City and Orlando City stems back to the inaugural roots of the Florida Club. Phil Rawlins, founder and President of Orlando is a former owner and Director of the Premier League side whilst Orlando coach Adrian Heath played 95 times for Stoke between 1979 and 1982. A wealth of current Lions’ players and staff have previous playing or coaching affiliations with The Potters.



The Stoke City FC International Academy, run in conjunction with GIS continues to grow and prosper and has succeeded in expanding immensely over the last 18 months. With over 25 partner clubs comprising thousands of players of all ages – this summer’s regional ID camps (all over North America) and National Camps (by invitation only - Georgia and Arizona) will feature the Academy staff from Clayton Wood and see them going all across the continent to help work with future talent and give the youngsters a feel for what life is like as a Stoke City academy player. Between June and August, there will be 25 regional camp events and then 2 x National Camp (4-day long) residential events; giving the coaches access to a host of potentially talented players from the respective partner clubs.



Stoke’s reach in North America now encompasses California, New York, Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Virginia, Rhode Island, Texas and also Calgary in Canada. With the MLS recently turning 20 years old and with more youngsters now playing the game in North America than ever before – the International Academy has produced thousands of Stoke City fans and dedicated clubs who operate as partners of the Potters. New investment by the MLS into youth development and commercial opportunities means that having a vast number of partner clubs greatly benefits the brand and reach of Stoke City FC.



GIS, for its work with Stoke City, has helped to further provide links for released academy players by using its expertise in the North American market to provide educational opportunities for young prospects interested in continuing to play football in the US College system. GIS will also be expanding its reach into UK Schools to help the club’s community scheme and support its work in the local region with regards to coaching and increasing the club’s catchment area. School Sports Tours to Orlando and support for future overseas club travel are also all additional services provided by GIS via this partnership.


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GIS Announces Partnership with RCD Espanyol

Posted by Marketing, 9th May 2016

RCD Espanyol Launches North American Academy


May 9th, 2016 – RCD Espanyol of the Spanish La Liga have agreed a partnership with sports management company, Global Image Sports to launch their North American Soccer Academy.


Phase one of the project will see The RCD Espanyol Youth Academy partner with a select number of youth soccer clubs across the United States and Canada. Each partner club’s coaches and players will have the opportunity to work with the Academy coaches of RCD Espanyol in both North America and Spain, offering an insight into the player development program of one of the leading Spanish football Academies.


As a four-time winner of the Copa del Rey and with a successful history in European and women’s football, the club has an outstanding reputation and heritage. Based in the city of Barcelona, RCD Espanyol were a founding member of La Liga and play their fixtures at Cornellà de Llobregat, a 40,500 UEFA Category 4 Stadium, towards the south-west of the city.


Sporting Director, Eloy Pérez García said, “We are excited to announce this partnership with Global Image Sports and the creation of our North American Football Academy. We have a rich history, culture and vision of the future at RCD Espanyol; one we look forward to sharing with our future international youth partners and coaches.”


James Abrahart, Global Image Sports, Chief Executive Officer said, “We are delighted to be able to work alongside this great professional football club and help connect them with future youth soccer partners in North America. Their Academy, facilities and coaching methods are of a world-class standard and we are very excited to be representing a La Liga club on an international scale and provide access to these resources.”


Part of the agreement will see The RCD Espanyol North American Academy host a series of Elite Player ID Events with its partner clubs during 2016, culminating with the RCD Espanyol Elite Player Experience in the city of Barcelona, Spain in 2017. For more information on how to become a North American partner club of RCD Espanyol, please contact Reis Williams at reis@globalimagesports.com





Global Image Sports is a sports management company that provides opportunities and experiences via the formation of strategic partnerships in the sports industry. It prides itself on a professional approach to its business activities and strives to be the market leader in its field while offering its customers unrivalled service and satisfaction. For more information go to www.globalimagesports.com

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Global Image Sports - GIS - Blog | 2016 European Tours
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2016 European Tours

Posted by Marketing, 3rd May 2016

The last 90 days have been a particularly busy time for Global Image Sports as the European sports calendar gears toward its business end of the season. Our players and families have been involved in a mixture of Elite Experiences, Club Tours and Coaching Education Diplomas across our 14 professional partner clubs.


In Numbers


• 26 Trips/Tours/Elite Experiences
• 1,056 players, parents, coaches and family members
• 14 Professional Partner Clubs
• 5 European Countries
• Over 8 Million Air Miles
• Over 2,500 Photos and Videos
• Over 500 Hours of Training, Scrimmages, Drills and Games


What You Said About The Experience


“Fantastic time!!  We have had a blast all week! Thanks to the chaperones and driver for being such great in-market hosts. Thanks GIS for putting together the most amazing football week; and thanks to you all for your wonderful company - and to the young super footballers who have given us many hours of enjoyment through their efforts! Last but not least huge appreciation to the amazing coaches: utterly superb!”


“Now that I’m finally catching up to life again, I just wanted to extend my thanks for everything you and everyone at GIS did to organize our recent trip to England. This was a perfect way to experience England for the first time and I met some amazing people that helped make the trip that much more enjoyable. You did an excellent job and we look forward to travelling with you more in the future.”


“We would like to thank GIS and the players and staff at FC Utrecht Academy for a wonderful experience in The Netherlands.  We had an incredible time while gaining an appreciation for European football and the expectations of becoming an Academy player at a professional football club.  My son made friendships with the players and coaches and I know he wouldn’t hesitate to visit the Academy again.  He is still talking about the trip and we would love the opportunity for him to repeat the experience in the future.”


“We have just landed back in the US. I want to thank everyone at GIS for an amazing experience for the boys. It was a pleasure meeting all of you. Thank you very much for everything you did during the tour. It was by the far the best soccer experience of my life from the training sessions to the London tour to the late afternoon shopping trips.” #GIS


“Thanks GIS for a nice tour/trip which just wrapped up … the chaperones were great, coaching/facilities top shelf, people at the hotels/facilities very kind, all-around good experience!”


What Does The Future Hold?


In a word…more! As we move into the summer in North America and the winter in Oceania – our regional ID camps and National Camps will now take centre-stage and the chance to earn a place on a 2017 Elite Experience becomes available. With new partner clubs arriving on the scene this year – the chance to experience world-class coaching in world-class facilities in some of the most popular cities and countries in Europe is possible. Above all – our dedication to coaching education, player development and opportunities in sport via our professional partners remain at the forefront. Below are some of our favourite images from the recent tours!






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FC Porto - North American Camps 2016

Posted by Marketing, 19th April 2016

Monday August 1st – Friday August 5thChill SBC – Lonsing, MI


Monday July 25th – Friday July 29thGreater Atlanta Christian School – Norcross, GA


This summer, Global Image Sports will be teaming up with our professional partner, FC Porto in order to deliver a series of industry leading ‘Dragon Force’ camps in selected regions of North America. The camps will be run by the coaching staff from the FC Porto Academy and will feature the world famous coaching curriculum of this iconic club; that has for so long been an international powerhouse on the global football scene.


Why F.C. Porto?


FC Porto are two-times Champions League winners and have played the most games in the competition behind Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid. They have won the Portuguese Premier Division 27 times, the Portuguese Cup 16 times as well as 2 UEFA Cups, 2 Intercontinental Cups and a European Super Cup. The club has a global fan-base and is held amongst the esteemed of the football elite in European club soccer. Such a presence and history is reflected in the culture, values and tradition of the club in its infrastructure, academy and coaching methods – something that they are now bringing to North America in partnership with GIS.


The current squad includes such players as Iker Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Rúben Neves, Danilo Pereira, Silvestre Varela and Vincent Aboubakar. The squad comprises a large contingent of international players who have performed at the very highest level of the game.


Players who impress on the selected camps will have the opportunity to visit the famous academy, stadium and city in 2017 and learn just what it takes to be considered an FC Porto player at the highest level.



The Camps


Information about the camps can be found below – (please click on the individual location to view more detailed information). Each camp will provide 15 hours of coaching with players receiving FC Porto International Academy Kit, a soccer ball and an evaluation.


Monday August 1st – Friday August 5thChill SBC – Lonsing, MI


Monday July 25th – Friday July 29thGreater Atlanta Christian School – Norcross, GA



The Dragon Force


The Dragon Force curriculum of coaching is unique to FC Porto and is designed around what it takes to make a champion. It follows the principles of maintaining excellence throughout the periods of a young player’s career. They enable the development of the player’s technical and tactical skills so that they are able to identify and create solutions to game-realistic scenarios.


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ADO Den Haag Launches North America Academy

Posted by Marketing, 31st March 2016

March 31, 2016 – ADO Den Haag of the Dutch Eredivisie has agreed a partnership with sports management company, Global Image Sports to launch its North American Soccer Academy.

Phase one of the project will see ADO Den Haag’s Academy partner with a select number of youth soccer clubs across the United States and Canada. Each partner club’s coaches and players will have the opportunity to work with the Academy coaches of ADO Den Haag in both North America and the Netherlands, offering an insight into the player development program of one of the top Dutch football Academies.

Academy Manager, Paul van Lith said, “We are excited to announce this partnership with Global Image Sports who have been highly recommended to us. In recent years we have developed a number of relationships in several parts of the world. It is important for us to look also across the Dutch borders for talented soccer players.”

James Abrahart, Global Image Sports, Chief Executive Officer said, “We are looking forward to working with Paul and his coaches at another great professional football club, that looks to offer outstanding behind the scenes access to players, parents and coaches.”

Part of the agreement will see ADO Den Haag’s North American Academy hosting a series of Elite Player ID Events with its partner clubs during 2016, culminating with the ADO Den Haag’s Elite Player Experience in the Netherlands in 2017. For more information on how to become a North American partner club of ADO Den Haag, please contact Reis Williams at reis@globalimagesports.com.


Global Image Sports is a sports management company that provides opportunities and experiences via the formation of strategic partnerships in the sports industry. It prides itself on a professional approach to its business activities and strives to be the market leader in its field while offering its customers unrivalled service and satisfaction. For more information go to www.globalimagesports.com

 

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Global Image Sports Opens European Residential Academy

Posted by Marketing, 23rd March 2016

Global Image Sports are very pleased to announce the launch of a European Residential Academy through our partnership and collaboration with A.C. ChievoVerona in Italy. One of the questions that is frequently asked of our services centres around the possibility of getting access to more training in an elite environment for a sustained period of time. The launch of this project is the first step on a journey towards realising these ambitions and providing fantastic opportunities for our youth partners and their players and families.


The European Residential Academy (ERA) will be for High School aged boys (14-18 year old) and is based on-site at the brand new Bottagisio Sports Facility in Verona. This $10 million project has led to the creation of an outstanding soccer training facility – complete with accommodation, 4 x soccer fields, a strength & conditioning centre, restaurant, classrooms and changing facilities for the Chievo academy playing and coaching staff. The GIS players who will be involved in this programme will have the chance to stay on-site and experience a like-for-like training schedule in synchronisation with the Academy – everything from diet, training sessions, tactical understanding and socio-cultural education. Integration with the Academy players will also be tantamount to the development experience and the chance to take part in friendly games at the weekend will provide the opportunity for the young players to assess their own progress. The group are looked after by a GIS chaperone at all times and also get the chance to visit some famous and historic Italian cities!



From an educational perspective – the periods of stay in Verona enable the players to complete online education and learning so that they can maintain their study with their courses back in North America. Italian language courses are also provided as well as the chance to engage in recreational trips or visits around Italy help to enrich the experience for all involved. This enables students to keep up to date with their credits and have direct 1-to-1 access to an English tutor in North America who can ensure their study programmes are on schedule and built in around the soccer training. The Education is all facilitated by Matter Academy.


The ChievoVerona training methodology has produced a large number of professional players in the top tiers of the Italian soccer system. Chievo’s values work on developing the individual and creating the ability to identify situations, solve problems and make decisions in key moments. This is done through a strong emphasis on technical development but also tactical understanding and physical growth. This has allowed Chievo to remain very competitive amongst other Italian professional teams, despite not necessarily having the immediate resources available. The Bottagisio Facility, high production of player statistics, the much lauded and praised training system and coaching philosophy are a perfect cocktail which provides the young player with a great footballing education but also personal development with long-term benefits.


For more information on the programme follow this link - http://www.globalimagesports.com/services/residential-academies


To enquire about the possibility of attending – please email ERA@globalimagesports.com


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GIS National Camps 2016

Posted by Marketing, 16th February 2016

Global Image Sports are pleased to announce the dates for their biggest ever year of industry leading National Camps in 2016! Any player who receives an invitation to the National Camp event can expect to gain world class coaching from the key Academy coaches from our numerous professional partner clubs. The coaching staff will help to provide feedback and guidance over a 4-day residential period and players will be looked after at all times by GIS chaperones. Attendance at the camp is strictly by invitation only with each player receiving two full sets of training kit, ball, bag and water bottle - the environment replicates that of the professional Academy in Europe.


GIS camps have become standard bearers in the industry and are organised and run by an experienced team of professional sports staff and coaches. They have been running for over 8 years now all over the world and deliver a level of coaching and player experience that is unrivalled, thanks to the work of both GIS and our professional partners.


The dates of the camps and their venues are as follows (if you want to see the official video from 2015 then please click HERE)


EASTERN REGION (Darlington School, Rome, GA)


•      July 15th – July 18th – FC Utrecht
•      July 18th – July 21st – Glasgow Rangers F.C.
•      July 22nd – July 25th – Stoke City F.C.
•      July 25th – July 28th – Wolves
•      July 29th – August 1st – West Ham United (Girls/Younger Boys)
•      August 2nd – August 5th – West Ham United (Older Boys)


WESTERN REGION (Casa Grande, Arizona)


•      July 26th – July 29th – Charlton Athletic
•      July 26th – July 29th – Genoa C.F.C.
•      July 30th - August 2nd - Wolves
•      August 3rd – August 6th – ChievoVerona
•      August 4th – August 7th – Stoke City F.C.
•      August 7th – August 10th – West Ham United


NORTH EAST REGION (Slippery Rock University, Pittsburgh)


•      August 8th - August 11th - ChievoVerona


F.C. PORTO (Elite Player North American ID Camps)


•      August 1st - August 5th - Chill SBC, Lonsing, MI
•      July 25th - July 29th – Greater Atlanta Christian School, Norcross, GA


For information on our regional camps or to find a list of venues hosting ID camps by club or location – please click HERE.


GIS camps have become standard bearers in the industry and are organised and run by an experienced team of professional sports staff and coaches. They have been running for over 8 years now all over the world and deliver a level of coaching and player experience that is unrivalled, thanks to the work of both GIS and our professional partners.



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The GIS Tiered Player Development System

Posted by Marketing, 23rd August 2016

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West Ham United to Tour the USA

Posted by Marketing, 12th May 2016

West Ham United FC will take part in an 11-day tour of the United States this July as part of their pre-season preparations and ahead of their move into the new Olympic Stadium. The tour will provide their North American fan base a chance to watch the first team players live.


The tour will see the club play matches against the Seattle Sounders on July 5th and then NASL side Carolina Rail Hawks on July 12th. With the stadium relocation heralding in a new era of progressive development and growth as the Hammers aim to join the European elite, the US tour is a perfect way for fans all over the region to show their support and love for the claret and blue.


The game with the Seattle Sounders will take place at CenturyLink field at one of the most iconic MLS arenas in the United States – offering the chance for up to 50,000 fans to get a slice of the action. Previous West Ham legends such as Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Harry Redknapp have played or coached at the Sounders.


As the Hammers partner in the region of North America, Global Image Sports has well established connections with the club. The annual National Camp series is about to get into full swing and the chance for our partner clubs to work with the West Ham academy coaches this summer is also a fantastic opportunity available to young players throughout North America. Lists of camps and their regions can be found here in order to register and get signed up.


GIS followers can also stay tuned for any offers, deals or promotions related to the tour that will follow in due course. This year’s National Camp series is expected to feature Ian Bishop and Jack Collison as part of the coaching team (former professional players who amassed over 400 games between them) and they are also expected to work alongside former Directors of the Academy Paul Heffer and Tony Carr MBE (who are widely praised with bringing through the golden generation of talent over the last 20 years at the Academy). The Hammers said farewell to the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday night after beating Manchester United 3-2 in their final game under the floodlights.


For a list of all camps for registration – please click here.



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Mark Noble’s Testimonial - A GIS Interview with Ian Bishop

Posted by Marketing, 28th March 2016

Later on today, legends of old along with some of the current crop of players at West Ham United will come together to pay tribute to Mark Noble in his testimonial at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park. Familiar faces will return to pay homage to the magic of the old ground one more time in what will, most likely, be the final testimonial game to be played at this iconic East London stadium before the move to the Olympic Stadium at the end of the season. The proceeds of the event will be donated to Help for Heroes, the Dylan Tombides Foundation and Richard House Children’s Hospice.


Amongst the returning names to appear in front of a sell-out crowd of 35,000 will be Rio Ferdinand and Paolo di Canio – who will feature in a West Ham All-Stars team against the first team squad. Also making a return to the Boleyn Ground will be Jack Collison (recently partnered with GIS and who played over 100 games for the Hammers) and Ian Bishop (former captain of West Ham United who played over 250 games). Both Jack and Ian will feature at the GIS series of National Camps in 2016 and many of our players and families will recognise them from recent trips or previous camps (some will have even briefly played against them in a training session!)



We caught up with Ian Bishop before the game to ask him about playing in Noble’s testimonial.


Hi Ian, how does it feel ahead of making one final appearance at the Boleyn Ground?
It’ll be fantastic –a great occasion for everyone, especially for Mark. I’ll be buzzing at the game but looking at the list of players I’m going to be playing alongside…I think I’ll be happy if I can get through 10 minutes without spraying footballs all over the place and making any mistakes! There are some players there today who I didn’t get to play with and a lot of big names so it will be very exciting. I think I’ll be sticking to 10 yard passes to start off with!


What are some of your fond memories from the Boleyn Ground from your time as a player and captain?
I always used to enjoy the night games. The atmosphere under the floodlights was electric and I always used to look forward to those games the most. One of my favourite memories was beating Everton in an FA Cup replay at the Boleyn Ground in front of the fans. I’d been let go by Everton prior to this a few seasons before so to captain the team in front of the supporters and win the game at night was a special memory.


You must be looking forward to playing alongside former team-mates today then?
Of course! It will be good to see Slav (Slaven Bilic – now the current manager of the first team) who I played alongside with before and also Julian Dicks who is now part of the coaching team. I wasn’t expecting to play against the first team though so I’ve had to work on my fitness ahead of the game!



Jack Collison will also be there today who has recently partnered with us at GIS – do you remember him from your time at the club?
I remember Jack as a younger player – he was always a very good young player and model for the other kids. He typified what it meant to be a West Ham player and was always going to be successful so I’ll look forward to playing alongside him (hopefully!) today.


If we look ahead into 2016 – we’ll be seeing you at this year’s National Camp series for GIS as part of the West Ham Coaching Staff?
Definitely – that’s one of the best times of the year for me. I’m really excited for that – not only because we get to work alongside the best coaches in the business and are around the football people who typify West Ham but also because we get to work with the players and help them to develop and show them the things we were taught back in the day. I’m sure it will be another excellent week for all involved. I believe Jack Collison will be out there this year so it’ll be great to have his experience adding to the players.


Lastly – what are your thoughts on the man at the centre of the testimonial today – Mark Noble? Will you be sticking around after the game to see everyone?
Mark is a superb midfield player who has just been getting better year-on-year. He is always consistent and for me, that’s his greatest asset – that he always consistently performs at a great level. When you can do that – it is the sign of a special player and nothing beats a testimonial at the Boleyn Ground. I’ll definitely be sticking around after the game – it’ll be a great occasion. The testimonial itself is a dying breed in the modern game so to be able to do this in front of the West Ham faithful will be a memory worth having!



Mark Noble here pictured with our recently visited West Ham United U1816 Elite Trip and with Paul Heffer, his former coach and Assistant Academy Director

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Global Image Sports Partners With Sports Recruiting USA

Posted by Marketing, 1st March 2016

Global Image Sports Enters Partnership with Sports Recruiting USA


March 1st 2016 – Sports management company, Global Image Sports today announced a partnership with Sports Recruiting USA.


The strategic partnership will see Sports Recruiting USA offer their services directly to Global Image Sports and its College Recruitment Programs – utilizing their partners both in Europe and around the world in order to assist young athletes to achieve sports scholarships, initially in the USA.


Part of the programme will also involve Sports Recruitment USA providing services to GIS youth partner clubs that will directly assist with the college recruitment process.


GIS Chief Executive Officer, James Abrahart said, “We are always searching for like-minded organizations to continue and support the growth of GIS and in Sports Recruiting USA we are convinced we have a first class partner.”


Sports Recruiting USA, Head of Operations, Chris Cousins said, “We are really looking forward to working with GIS – they are recognized as a forward thinking organization that provide outstanding development opportunities & experiences for soccer players and coaches at all levels of the game. We believe our services and expertise will compliment GIS by increasing their already outstanding level of delivery and enable them to offer new opportunities to future sports stars.”



Global Image Sports is a sports management company that provides opportunities and experiences via the formation of strategic partnerships in the sports industry. It prides itself on a professional approach to its business activities and strives to be the market leader in its field while offering its customers unrivalled service and satisfaction. For more information go to www.globalimagesports.com or email info@globalimagesports.com.


Sports Recruiting USA has been helping place student athletes in colleges and universities in the USA since 2010 and have been featured in many news outlets such as Sky News, BBC Sport, FC Business & the Independent over the past few years. They act as the middlemen between talented sports men and women and US colleges/universities. Using their expertise and contacts to help promote, guide and then place clients at a range of US colleges. For more information go to www.sportsrecruitingusa.com or email info@sportsrecruitingusa.com

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Global Image Sports Partners with Jack Collison

Posted by Marketing, 28th February 2016

February 2016 – Sports Management Company, Global Image Sports, today announced a partnership with both Jack Collison and his Soccer School.


Jack Collison is a former professional player and made over 100 appearances for West Ham United, coming through the ranks of the famous Academy of Football under the guise of Tony Carr and Paul Heffer. He also played 17 times for his country and scored 13 goals across his career at the elite level.



His recent retirement from the game has seen him develop the Jack Collison Soccer School and continue his coaching education to UEFA A Licence Level. He will be joining GIS as an ambassador and will be lining up alongside the rest of the West Ham North American Academy Coaches at this summer’s National Camps in Rome, Georgia and Casa Grande, Arizona.


On the partnership – Collison stated: “I am very excited to be joining the team at Global Image Sports as they continue their great work with the West Ham United North American Academy. This summer’s National Camps are a great opportunity for young players and a chance for us to achieve great things in the region. I also look forward to developing our coaching and passing on my knowledge as a former professional.”


James Abrahart, Chief Executive Officer of GIS said of the partnership: “We are delighted to partner with Jack and his Soccer School. His knowledge of the game as a professional and his dedicated approach to his coaching will benefit the North American Academy and we look forward to working with him at our camps and also with his Soccer School programs in the future.”



Global Image Sports is a sports management company that provides opportunities and experiences via the formation of strategic partnerships in the sports industry. It prides itself on a professional approach to its business activities and strives to be the market leader in its field while offering its customers unrivalled service and satisfaction. For more information go to www.globalimagesports.com or email info@globalimagesports.com


The Jack Collison Soccer School aims to provide professional coaching at grassroots level. The main aim is to improve the game, give players an insight into how to make it to the very top and most importantly, enjoy playing the beautiful game of football. The School looks to create a fun environment and caters for all abilities, with the aim to send each and every player home with improvements as an individual, some inspiration and a huge smile. For more information go to www.jackcollisonsoccerschool.com or email contact@jackcollisonsoccerschool.com.

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Southern Soccer Academy - Coaching Education Trip

Posted by Marketing, 25th February 2016

***VIDEO*** To watch the video version of this interview - please click here.


Global Image Sports (GIS) have long been proud advocates of the benefits of Coaching Education and our partnerships with professional European football clubs only serve to advance this crucial aspect of the modern game. All soccer playing nations from the CONCACAF to UEFA will widely cite the huge positives a well-informed, rounded coaching programme can produce when it comes to player welfare, development, education and ultimately, their character on the journey to becoming an adult.


Recently – GIS helped the Southern Soccer Academy (SSA), a club of over 8,000 players (who predominantly work in Georgia, Alabama and Florida), send their key staff to our partner – A.C. ChievoVerona. The Director of Coaching for SSA is Simon Davey – a former player and later manager for several professional clubs in England. Most notable of these was his stint at Barnsley which saw them reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup in the 2007/08 season. Indeed – Simon once played alongside David Beckham in the early stages of his career!


The SSA coaches were given complete behind the scenes access to the ChievoVerona academy facilities and coaching staff. The International Development Officer at Chievo, Davide Caliaro, was instrumental in securing lectures from the Academy Director (Marco Fioretto), Chief Scout (Cristian Cantarelli) and also the head of the Primavera (second team), Lorenzo D’Anna. These key figures within Chievo were able to talk directly to the group and present their ideas of coaching philosophy, the importance of technical development, sports science and technology as well as the ways in which they bring players to the club and create an environment to nurture player expression but also education and individual quality. D’Anna himself played several years in Serie A, notably at Fiorentina and part of his lecture involved a discussion on the transition from academy player to adult and what can be done at the youth level to prepare for these demands.



In addition to the lectures and open access to the key academy personnel – the coaching staff from SSA were invited out onto the pitches at the Bottagisio Sports Centre (a brand new $10 million development undertaken by the club to house the academy players). They spent 4 hours a day here observing and asking questions of the Chievo coaches and taking in the environment and what it offers in terms of dedicated academy training and application. Bottagisio also houses the second team players and offers residential facilities as well as an authentic Italian trattoria which makes outstanding coffee and local Veronese food!


Towards the end of the week and the culmination of the training observations and lectures – GIS Chief Operating Officer Mike Kelleher joined the group as they attended a behind closed doors first team training session and got the opportunity to undertake a Q and A with the First Team Coach – Rolando Maran. The last day saw the group attend live games between Chievo and Juventus and then took their seats in the San Siro for the Internazionale vs AC Milan derby! They also managed to get some sights of Verona in one day and explore the cultural heritage of this wonderful Italian city.


For Davey – the benefits of the programme provided by GIS were tantamount: “The facilities are first class; and for us (SSA) who are trying to build a programme, the access you get is superb. I cannot thank the staff enough - it helps us develop our own programmes and take a level of education back to America that is hugely beneficial in implementing within our ‘pay to play’ model.”



Several of the SSA staff who attended the course will also perform administrative functions within the management of the club back in America so Chievo were able to tailor individual aspects of the trip to discuss these particular roles and how the model differs between America and Italy, helping to guide any future plans within these discussions.


Above all however, it was the access and information about the playing styles and the fact that the coaches could walk right up to a training session and ask questions that set the trip apart. Chievo’s methods have produced large numbers of professional players over the years and seeing what makes this kind of success possible will only be of benefit in adapting to the American model. Davey added: “They have a certain way of doing things here and will not compromise on those aspects…for us to see how they develop the player, remain consistent in those methods and then provide a solid base for him to thrive…this is the real benefit to doing this. The access is unrivalled and working with GIS enables us to bring this knowledge back to our clubs in America.”


GIS have seen first-hand the benefits of these coaching education programmes and the positive impacts such a trip can have on the development of the game in North America, South East Asia, Mexico and Oceania. From simple things to coaching session design, individual drills or specific progressions to the bigger picture work such as player welfare, education and environment/facilities – the tangibles from a trip like this can be directly applied to your own club in whatever way suits the model. Above all though – it is the player who is the hidden beneficiary of this kind of experience. Better informed coaches can result in a better understanding and a more personable, holistic level of coaching that creates a more rounded footballer with a greater breadth of skills and character. For more information on coaching education – please click here.


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