This past summer, FC Barcelona coaches evaluated more than 5,000 players from around the country at their Official FC Barcelona Soccer Camp locations. Hoover Soccer Club was delighted to be one of those camp locations, and many players from our club attended the camp in early June.
As a part of the evaluation process, several Hoover Soccer Club players were invited to join the Barcelona All-Star Squad, in Barcelona, Spain, from September 2nd-11th. Five of our competitive players have just recently returned from this trip of a lifetime: Ryan Byrd (Phantoms 05 Blue), Xander Kubas (Phantoms 05 Blue), Graham Houlditch (Phantoms 05 Blue), Judson Touchstone (Phantoms 07 Blue) and Finley Chandler (Lady Jr. Phantoms 09). This unique opportunity allowed them a full week of training with UEFA Pro coaches at the FC Barcelona facilities, competing in matches against some of the top local Barcelona soccer clubs, attending the FC Barcelona v. RCD Espanyol derby at Camp Nou, and seeing the many cultural sites Barcelona has to offer.
This amazing opportunity would not have been possible without the work and collaboration between Hoover Soccer Club, FC Barcelona, and ISL Futbol. Hoover Soccer Club aims to continue providing these types of opportunities for our club members, and congratulates to Ryan, Xander, Graham, Judson and Finley on their hard work to make those opportunities a reality.