WorldStrides, the nation’s largest and most trusted educational travel provider, is pleased to announce that Pennsylvania West Olympic Development Programs (PA West ODP) is partnering with the company to deliver international soccer tours for their players through their WorldStrides Excel programs division. This is an exclusive, three year arrangement for the Pennsylvania teams.
PA West ODP cultivates standout youth soccer players to represent Pennsylvania, North-East Region, and the United States at the highest levels of competition. The addition of international travel to the PA West ODP player development strategy provides opportunities to play against top professional academy teams around the world and engage in a higher level of competition. The trips also facilitate evaluation by scouts for international teams for players in advance of extended formal try-outs.
Dr. Terry Eguaoje, PA West ODP Technical Director of Coaching and Player Development, says, “I am excited about our partnership with Excel International Sports to provide international training and competitions to our ODP players. Their experience, global contacts, passion for the game, and ability to completely tailor our international programs is beyond impressive. We believe our players will not only improve on their skills on these trips but also gain lifelong cultural lessons. WorldStrides Excel has proven itself as a leader in this industry and we are looking forward to a great relationship going forward.”
Under terms of the agreement, 2017 U12 – U15 (players born 2002-2005) boys and girls teams will travel to London, England. All teams will travel to London and tours will include training, match play, stadium tours, cultural activities, and attendance at Premier League matches. Destinations for team travel in 2018 and 2019 teams will be determined at a later time.
“We are extremely proud to welcome PA West ODP to WorldStrides Excel programs and to become their exclusive international soccer tour provider. We have long admired what PA West does for the development of their players. Taking players and coaches abroad for international competition, including chances to learn new skills and tactics, is a natural extension of their desire to give them the best resources for top-quality performance,” said Eric McAleer, Vice President, WorldStrides Excel programs.