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(Posted 11 a.m., July 7)
Louis-Riel lands FC Barcelona academy program
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

École secondaire publique Louis-Riel has been named as one of four locations in Canada to host an academy soccer program by the world famous FC Barcelona soccer club.

The east end school has hosted training camps in the past through the Spanish soccer club’s academy program FCBEscola, but this announcement means they will be the only school in Canada to host a year-round academy program for both boys and girls. The other academy programs in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver are hosted by soccer clubs in those three cities.

Louis-Riel athletic director and soccer coach Joé Fournier says the academy provides a further compliment to the school’s sports study program and will enable them to provided separate training for male and female students where the soccer program has been co-ed in the past.

Under the FCBEscola program, student athletes will be trained by FC Barcelona affiliated coaches using drills developed by the world renowned soccer club.

All aspects of the academy, including the technical development, coaching staff, training routines, and personal growth will be aligned with the FC Barcelona methodology. The players will train under the same vision, mission and focus as the club’s youth teams as the FC Barcelona philosophy will be implemented on all the features of the program.

According to the FCBEscola website, the program will empower students to “successfully overcome future sporting challenges while simultaneously instilling the personal values which are so representative of FC Barcelona such as tolerance, respect, solidarity, friendship, fair play, integration, effort and happiness.”

Admission to the program will be by tryout only. The first tryout will be held on Aug. 9 and the second on Sept. 7.

Under National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association rules, students in the academy will not be able to compete in the NCSSAA. It is not known whether the school will still field teams with non-academy players.

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