Everton’s International Soccer Schools Programme is to expand into Africa for the first time, with Blues coaches set to visit South Africa this April.
Launched in April 2021 as part of the Club’s revamped international strategy, the Soccer Schools initiative sees fully-qualified coaches deliver sessions from the same curriculum used by staff at the world-renowned Everton Academy.
The first camps to be hosted on the continent will take place in Cape Town, with the two-day courses open to boys and girls of all abilities aged six to 15.
As well as helping youngsters hone their skills, an emphasis is placed on teamwork and creating a fun and welcoming environment in which to learn.
The International Soccer Schools Programme is already well established in the USA, with thousands of children taking part in camps across 16 states last summer.
The US programme will expand in 2023, with plans in place to develop the Soccer Schools initiative in other parts of the world in the coming years.
Paddy Byrne, Everton’s International Technical Manager, said: “It’s a really exciting opportunity for us to take what we’ve successfully developed in the USA over the past two years and take it into Africa for the first time.
“The Soccer Schools are a fantastic way for us to grow the Everton brand around the world and do that by engaging kids in an authentic and memorable Everton experience - one that will teach them new skills, nurture their love of the game, and allow them to make new friends along the way.
“We’re committed to increasing the reach of our International Academy and this is just one of the great ways we’re doing that.”
Earlier this month, Everton announced Ghana’s Ridge City had become the first African and first women’s football club to join its International Academy Affiliate Programme (EIAAP).
A core part of Everton’s international development, the EIAAP seeks to expand the knowledge and expertise of the Club’s player development processes to affiliated clubs across the world through first-rate coaching and mentoring support.
Everton’s International Soccer School programme is to visit Dubai and Jakarta for the first time in another exciting expansion of the initiative.
The Blues recently announced coaches will be heading to Africa for the first time, with courses set to be held in Cape Town and South Africa later this year.
And as the Club’s international strategy, launched in April 2021, continues to evolve, a series of Soccer Schools have also been confirmed in the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.
The Dubai programme takes place between April 3-14 at the Greenfield International School, with the offering including a four-day camp for boys and girls aged between 8-16 and daily age-specific player development sessions for boys and girls from seven to 18.
That will be followed by a first visit to Jakarta between 26-30 June, with details to be confirmed.
All courses are delivered by fully-qualified coaches, using the same curriculum used by staff at the world-renowned Everton Academy. As well as helping youngsters hone their skills, an emphasis is placed on teamwork while creating a fun and welcoming environment in which to learn.
Everton’s International Soccer Schools Programme is already well established in North America, with thousands of children taking part in camps across 19 states within the US and Canada.
The programme will expand in the coming years, with plans in place to continue developing the Soccer Schools initiative in other parts of the world.
Paddy Byrne, Everton’s International Technical Manager, said: “On the back of us being able to announce our first Soccer Schools in Africa, we are delighted to now be heading to Dubai and Jakarta.
“The Soccer Schools allow us to grow the Everton brand around the world by engaging kids in an authentic and memorable Everton experience and giving them access to practises and drills that come straight from the curriculum used by Academy coaches at Finch Farm.
“That level of detail in the technical delivery of camps is something we believe sets Everton Soccer Schools apart and will not only see youngsters improve their game but fall in love with Everton, too.”
For more information on the Dubai Soccer School and player development sessions, or to book, click here.
Closer to home, Everton has teamed up with the Asmir Begovic Goalkeeping Academy to host a Goalkeeper Experience at Finch Farm for budding stoppers aged between six to 13.