7 Elite Academy is looking for new Pre-Academy players in Saint George and Salt Lake City, after almost 100 young people graduated from the program in the last year.
The sessions aim to introduce younger players to the game through a combination of quality coaching and games in a fun and supportive environment.
Over the last five years, the program has expanded to include coaching by UEFA, FA and USSF A-Licensed coaches, with a succession of youngsters graduating to 7 Elite Academy teams.
Players in the 2015 to 2018 age groups are eligible to join 7 Elite Pre-Academy, with additional sessions for 2013 and 2014 brackets in Salt Lake City. Sessions will also start in the Davis/Weber region this year.
Last season’s bumper graduating class created ten new teams across Utah - and academy bosses are looking to repeat that remarkable success over the next twelve months.
Matt Brown, 7 Elite Pre-Academy Manager, said: “It has been a truly impressive few years for our Pre-Academy program, especially last season when we had so many young people decide to join our teams.
“That is a result of a lot of hard work from the players, coaches and of course the parents. It has been a real team effort and I am proud of what we have all achieved.
“We all know soccer is a wonderful game that offers so many great benefits, which is why we want to introduce even more youngsters to our Pre-Academy program.
“Even if a young person decides soccer is not for them, they will have made countless memories and friendships from Pre-Academy.”
The 7 Elite Pre-Academy program is split into four cycles of seven one-hour weekly coaching sessions to co-incide with summer, fall, winter and spring.
Players in Salt Lake City are also invited to join the West Jordan Youth Soccer recreational scheme.
Stuart Dewey, 7 Elite Academy Head of Coaching in Southern Utah, said: “I am delighted that so many players have decided to stay with 7 Elite Academy after completing our Pre-Academy courses in Saint George.
“Our aim is to make sure we grow a lifelong love of soccer through quality coaching and support. There is a real passion for our game in this region and I want as many youngsters as possible to enjoy it.
“We have highly qualified coaches with experience of working with young people and bringing the very best out of them, both within soccer and away from the game.
“Pre-Academy is a key part of 7 Elite Academy’s Player Pathway that offers great opportunities throughout the age groups, including college applications and long-term support.”
Players who graduate to 7 Elite Academy can look forward to a package of benefits that include weekly training with international coaches, tournaments across the United States and a professional Adidas kit pack
Older players also receive support with college applications and foreign tours, with many having played for 7 Elite Academy in Europe and Africa over the last twelve months.
Anthony Godfrey, Global Technical Director at 7 Elite Academy, added: “It has been a brilliant year for our Pre-Academy program, as we continue to provide a complete development pathway for soccer players in Utah.
“To have almost 100 players graduate in a single year is a fantastic achievement and shows how our investment in player and coach development is paying off.
“The success of Pre-Academy in Utah is providing a template for similar programs at our academies in the UK and Africa. Our expansion program is geared towards replicating those achievements on a global scale.”