Penn Legacy is excited to announce the first annual Penn Legacy/Generation Adidas International Team Trip to Real Madrid C.F. in Madrid, Spain in August 2017. Penn Legacy in conjunction with Adidas and its Generation Adidas program are planning to make this an annual trip for boys and girls players at our u15 and/or u14 age groups. This August, 19 boys and about 22 parents from a combination of our u15 and u14 boys' teams will be attending the trip as they spend 9 days in Madrid, training at the Real Madrid training facility with training sessions led by coaching staff from Real Madrid's famed Academy. In addition, Seamus Donnelly, Penn Legacy's Director of Coaching will be joining the group along with coaches David Simpson and Nicholas Ruhl from the u14 age group.
Seamus Donnelly notes, "this is such an exciting opportunity for these boys. They will get to immerse themselves in the Real Madrid experience and the Spanish culture. They will receive coaching from some of the top youth coaches in the world and also rub shoulders with the Madrid youth academy players every single day at The City of Football, as Madrid's Training Complex is called. They will play friendly matches against local opposition and even attend La Liga matches at the famed Santiago Bernabeu stadium. For sure we want to make this an annual trip where our kids grow and develop in our program and have this European trip to look forward to arriving at the u14 and u15 age group".
We have been planning to add an International trip for quite some time and have been working with Adidas towards implementing this opportunity as an additional program offering for our travel side of the Club.
The traveling players and their families will be spending the next several months conducting fundraising efforts to help assist in the cost of the trip as they have several fundraising events in the planning stages for this spring. These events will then be carried on next year by the age group that will be travelling in 2018. The plan is to make fundraising events that bring the Penn Legacy family closer together as well as raise money for the players going to Europe. Stay tuned for more on these events, future destinations for 2018 teams, and even more exciting news for Penn Legacy and Adidas.
We fully intend to send both girls and boys from designated age groups on European trips on an annual basis beginning in 2018. Together with Adidas we tried to do a girls and boys trip for 2017, but simply did not have enough commitments on the girls' side to proceed with a 2017 trip, but we hope to build on the momentum of the 2017 trip, plus our continued excellent partnership with Adidas and Generation Adidas International, and provide this incredible opportunity for both the girls and boys going forward. Details for the 2018 trip will be announced later this year.