December 10, 2014 - Stoke City FC of the English Premiership has agreed a partnership with the Washington based soccer organization, FC Spokane.
FC Spokane coaches and players will have the opportunity to work with the Academy coaches of Stoke City in both North America and England, offering an insight into the player development program of one of the top English professional teams. The coaches are invited to come to England and study the Stoke City player development program.
Part of the agreement will see the Stoke City North American Academy hosting a series of Elite Player ID Events with FC Spokane during the 2014/2015 seasons. Stock City will send their Academy staff over to work with the players and coaches at these events. The best male and female players at these events will be invited to go to the Stoke City National Camp. From this camp the very best will be invited to travel to Stoke City and train with Academy.
FC Spokane is a youth soccer club serving the Spokane, Washington soccer community for both boys and girls ages 4 - 18. Their goal is to create an environment for all players regardless of their skill level or commitment. It is their belief that the players will not only develop the appropriate soccer techniques but also develops the necessary skills to be positive members of the community. In its third year of servicing the community they have 600 members across the Spokane county and are committed to ensuring a positive experience for all players and their families.
Jason Cooper states, "FC Spokane is honored to partner with Stoke City FC in helping us to develop youth soccer players in our community and to widen their soccer experiences through international exposure and techniques. We are excited to be the first club in Spokane to partner up with a renowned professional soccer club from England."