7 Elite Academy players have been praised for their conduct and professionalism during the Presidents Cup in California.
7EA's Under-15 Boys and Under-13 Girls took on teams from across the Western United States at the competition, which was held at Silverlakes Sports Complex in Norco.
And although a tough schedule meant both teams missed out on a place in the latter stages last week, their conduct during games and training sessions was a highlight of the competition.
Wayne Scholes, Chief Executive at 7 Elite Academy, accompanied the players to California and was delighted with their attitude throughout.
He said: “It was great week for our players and staff, who behaved impeccably from the very moment we all left Utah to our return a few days ago.
“The main benefit for our players was the opportunity to build relationships with their team-mates and enjoy the experience of playing in new cultures and against different teams.
“Every single player embraced the chance to represent 7 Elite Academy to the very best of their ability and tournament organisers were very impressed.
“To even reach the Presidents Cup was a fantastic achievement and I have nothing but pride in our players throughout the academy.”
One of 7 Elite Academy's key aims is to offer players the opportunity to take part in competitions across the United States and further afield.
7EA has recently opened a new training base in Tanzania, with a further location in the United Kingdom set for launch this month.
Scholes added: “We give every youngster a chance to play in different locations, experience new styles of soccer and overall, develop as good human beings.
“Playing in major tournaments is just one of those experiences we are looking to provide for all our players.
“This stands our players in good stead for the future, especially in terms of planning for college recruiting.
“Playing against varied competition is important for their development and player profiles.”