St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois is pleased to announce they have entered into a formal Master Educational Partnership with Feyenoord Rotterdam who were voted the top Dutch Academy in Holland for 5 consecutive years between 2010-2014. The Feyenoord Academy is recognized world wide as one of the top clubs for developing youth players into professionals and SLSG Illinois players and coaches will now have access to that knowledge and experience through a collaborative working partnership.
The Master Educational Partnership will provide benefits to all SLSG Illinois players in the form of a coaching education platform to include onsite coaching clinics in the United States, monthly online collaboration, coaching internships for SLSG coaches in Rotterdam and yearly site visits to monitor the SLSG Illinois player development structure. The first onsite visit is being held this week and included a 7 hour long classroom/field module for all SLSG Illinois coaches in addition to 12 field sessions that will take place over the course of the weekend for selected SLSG players.
According to SLSG Illinois Director of Coaching, Blake Decker, “As an organization, we are now provided a unique platform to educate our coaches under the direction of a youth academy that is recognized as one of the worlds best in the development of professional and international players. Furthermore, we are able to provide an outlet for our very top talent to expand their opportunities in a professional European club environment. This collaborative effort further strengthens our goal to build the best club in the country as our coaches and players now have access to opportunities and experiences which are very rare in the United States.”
The formalization of the Master Educational Partnership is the product of two years of interaction and negations which included St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois players and staff spending 18 days in the Netherlands at the Feyenoord Academy during trips in the spring of 2014 and 2015. It was there that SLSG Illinois staff first sat down with Feyenoord Manager of International Relations, Gido Vader, to discuss a possible relationship. According to Vader, “In the past two years we have gotten to know the people at SLSG Illinois and have experienced first-hand that they have both a true love for the game and a real desire to provide the players in their system with the best learning experience possible. Through the partnership with Feyenoord, Saint Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois will be able to tap into our knowledge and experience in the field of talent development. The partnership will help SLSG Illinois to improve their talent development methods and educate their coaching staff.”
In addition to coaching education and player clinics this week, Vader also came to St. Louis to present information to the Directors of the club as it relates to both the player development structure and business structure of Feyenoord. Similarly, SLSG used the opportunity to provide further detail to Feyenoord with information related to the soccer landscape in the United States and, more specifically, St. Louis as well as the structure of St. Louis Scott Gallagher in order to more effectively facilitate the start of the collaborative effort designed to help St. Louis Scott Gallagher more fully achieve its’ mission of building the best club in the country.
According to Decker, “This has been a long process for us and one which we approached with a great deal of rigor, discipline and thoroughness. We have been seeking out the right international partner for the better part of 5 years and have been working with Feyenoord informally for over two years now. Our priorities were to find a club who was committed to a long-term process, had a track record of development from within their own organization and who were willing to provide our club leadership, coaches and players with opportunities to further their own development. With Feyenoord, we found exactly that for which we were looking and are extremely excited for the opportunities this partnership will provide our staff, coaches and membership in the coming years.