Thursday, May 4, 2017

NEWS RELEASE: Spanish Soccer Giant Teams Up with Local School District



May 4, 2017

Spanish Soccer Giant Teams Up with Local School District
FC Barcelona and San Diego Unified join forces to bring free youth soccer opportunities to all

SAN DIEGO (May 4, 2017) - FC Barcelona has partnered with the San Diego Unified School District to bring the first ever "FCBEscola" Soccer Academy to San Diego. Serving as FC Barcelona's official FCBEscola headquarters on the West Coast, San Diego Unified will be the first school district in the United States to team up with the soccer giant, and the first to open a world class soccer academy in its home town.

The exclusive partnership between FC Barcelona and San Diego Unified will provide free one-of-a-kind monthly soccer youth development programs, as well as a tuition-based soccer academy. The free programs are reserved for the district's students only.

The FBCEscola programs will teach youth soccer players – both boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 16 – the methodology, style of play and values that have made FC Barcelona one of the top soccer clubs in the world. tuition-based academy will begin this fall, and will be open to all members of the San Diego community. Operating out of Bell Middle School, FCBEscola will also offer scholarships and discounted rates to those who qualify. In addition, students and community members enrolled in the FBCEscola programs will have the opportunity to be selected for an "FCB Experience" which includes a trip to Barcelona to practice and play at the FC Barcelona Ciutat Esportiva.

"San Diego Unified is proud to bring these unique and exciting opportunities to the San Diego Unified student population, and to the San Diego community at large," said Scott Giusti, director of physical education, health and athletics for the school district.

A press conference will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 8, at Bell Middle School in San Diego (620 Briarwood Road, 92139).


WHEN: Monday, May 8 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Bell Middle School, 620 Briarwood Rd, San Diego, CA 92139

SPEAKERS: Cindy Marten, Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District; Scott Giusti, Director, San Diego Unified Athletic Department; Marc Segarra, FCBEscola US Representative; Franc Carbó, Director FCBEscola

VISUALS: Student athletes playing soccer on the field with FC Barcelona/FCBEscola coaches and staff

Media Contact: Isabella McNeil, San Diego Unified School District, 619-341-2343<>