Starting from the 2017/2018 season, the football academy based at the Keravnos sporting center in Strovolos will be rebranded as ‘GPS South East Europe’ /’ Valencia CF Cyprus’, abandoning the ‘Arsenal Soccer School Cyprus’ identity in which it was known for the previous years.
A new international partnership, title, colours, and additional coaching staff are just some of the changes for the academy.
Following a decision by Arsenal FC to withdraw its football schools licenses around the world and to keep only a few schools in large markets such as in the United States and Australia, the Cypriot academy was forced to adopt a new identity.
The 300 children of the academy will put on the Spanish side’s outfit come September, but behind the scenes little shall change at least according to academy director Ambi Spyrou.
“It goes without saying that the changes are a lot this summer. But the main goals of our academy remain the same; our football culture, our coaching philosophy, our children-first mentality as well as the emphasis on fun and play, are all important parts of our academy and will remain in place, despite the numerous changes”.
Following the decision by Arsenal FC , Cyprus, along with their Greece-based partners started talks with Global Premier Soccer and Valencia CF to bring the Spanish team and the international franchise to the island.
The partnership was announced on July 20th at a Press Conference in Nicosia, for which high ranking officials attended.
Satsias, Okkarides and Giatrou
Changes with coaching staff are also an important aspect ahead of the new season. Three high level coaches, all of them former Cypriot international footballers, have joined the ranks of GPS SEE / Valencia CF Cyprus.
The legendary APOEL captain, who played for the club for nineteen seasons before retiring, Marinos Satsias, has taken the position of technical advisor.
“My goals and those of GPS SEE / Valencia CF Cyprus coincide! Valencia CF is a club known for the passion of its fans and footballers, so I can say that we have something in common, since I was a fully passionate footballer during my playing times!”, said Satsias.
Stelios Okkarides, a former APOEL player who went on to guide the Nicosia club youth teams to trophy successes, is the new technical director, while former AC Omonia footballer and long time Olympiakos Nicosia youth coach Andros Yiatrou has been given the head coach spot for the 2002, 2003 and 2004 teams.
Training and ages
The training at GPS SEE / Valencia CF Cyprus for the 2017/2018 season will start in September, with kids born between 2002 and 2013 invited to enroll. Training will take place between Monday and Friday, for both boys & girls.
All info on the training schedule and prices, are posted at the official page of the academy at facebook.com/gps.valencia.