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SABA tryouts a 'unique' opportunity for players

By James Shaw, 05/06/21, 12:00AM MDT


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7 Elite Academy’s SABA program is offering elite players world-class opportunities to play in Europe and showcase their skills in front of leading college recruiters.

The program helps top student athletes from Utah shape their careers in professional soccer and education by working closely with college coaching staff in the United States and beyond.

Those opportunities include travel to the best youth tournaments in the UK, Sweden, France and Argentina, as well as training sessions with elite club academies in the best professional leagues.

Recruitment sessions will be held in May and June ahead of travel to tournaments worldwide.

Wayne Scholes, Chairman of 7 Elite Academy, said: “Our SABA program is designed to give youth athletes an opportunity to work with full-time professional coaches and college staff to make the most of their potential.

“We are looking for players who possess exceptional dedication and skill on the soccer field, while also having the determination to shape their education at the best colleges available.

“We have created a world-class program that equips young people with the tools that top-level college recruiters want to see, both as elite athletes and within an educational setting.

“Our professional coaching staff have close working links with Premier League clubs in the United Kingdom, Ligue One in France, La Liga in Spain and Primera Division in Argentina.”

7 Elite Academy SABA teams play in world-class tournaments such as the Gothia Cup in Sweden, the Paris World Games, the 7 Elite Tournament in Liverpool and the BA Cup in Argentina.

SABA players also receive specific college application advice and travel to at least ten College Showcases per year, including those in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, California and Dallas.

Jean-Claude Gay, Head Coach of 7 Elite Academy SABA 04 Boys, said: “We want to recruit young people who have a high level of skills and motivation, but also want to take join the best college programs.

“Our coaching methods mirror those at the best club academies in the world and give players a chance to expand their skillsets to far exceed those currently required at college level.

“That program includes intense preparation for the academic side of college recruitment. We know recruiters look for the best athletes, but they also want players with the determination to succeed in all aspects of college life.

“The players we already have in our SABA program are fully committed to our systems and we want other young people to benefit from the fantastic opportunities we are offering.”

7 Elite Academy SABA teams are trained by full-time USSF / UEFA A-Licensed coaches and USSF B, C and D licensed staff, including those who have previously worked with Liverpool FC Academy, Barcelona, Manchester City and Pau FC in France.

They also receive an extensive mentoring program from current professionals and former players, including ex-Liverpool and England defender Stephen Warnock and Fenerbahce striker Mbwana Samatta.

Anthony Godfrey, 7 Elite Academy President, said: “Our SABA program is an unbeatable opportunity for players to experience life as a professional player while also preparing for college recruitment.

“We believe that to produce the best athletes, you have to work with the finest staff. That is why our coaches are drawn from the world’s best professional leagues and academies.

“The support we give our staff in achieving UEFA A License status means they are fully committed to giving our players the best experience and opportunities to fulfil their potential.”

Age groups include:

2004B / 05B SABA

2003G SABA

2004G SABA

2006B SABA


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