Florida’s Schulz Academy unveils affiliation with English Premier League side Everton Football Club
- Schulz Academy joins the Everton International Academy Affiliate Programme
- The Boca Raton club will benefit from guidance and expertise from Everton’s world-renowned Youth Academy
- Players from Schulz Academy will have the opportunity for training visits to the Premier League side’s state-of-the-art facilities in Liverpool, England
- Players can register now to be considered for the Schulz Academy 2020/21 season
Schulz Academy, one of the oldest and most successful soccer clubs in Florida, has become one of the first in the US to sign up as an affiliate of English Premier League side Everton Football Club.
Players can now register to be considered for Schulz Academy teams for the 2020/21 season – and to benefit from being a part of the new relationship between Schulz Academy and Everton.
Being a part of the Everton International Academy Affiliate Programme (EIAAP) provides Schulz Academy coaching staff and players of all ages with the benefit of year-round assistance and guidance from coaches at the world-renowned Everton Youth Academy, which produced England’s all-time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.
Everton coaches will travel to Schulz Academy to assist in implementing the Everton Academy curriculum and Schulz Academy players and coaches will make annual visits to train at Everton’s state-of-the-art USM Finch Farm complex.
The EIAAP has structures in place to deliver its programme remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, via its digital platform which allows affiliates to access resources and maintain contact with Everton coaches.
The new affiliation also gives Schulz Academy access to sporting and business best practice to improve sustainability and aid growth – a level of support that sets the EIAAP apart from more traditional football camp models.
Schulz Academy was founded by former Austrian footballer and administrator Dr Josef Schulz and is based at a first-class training facility in Boca Raton, South Florida. Dr Schulz enjoyed significant success in the professional game and was general manager of the Rapid Vienna team which were beaten by Everton in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1985. Dr Schulz sadly passed away in 2013 but his legacy continues at the Schulz Academy, which he established in the mid-1990s.
The institution boasts a track record of developing talented young footballers and notable alumni include USMNT forward Jozy Altidore, who has seen action in the English Premier League, La Liga, Eredivisie and MLS.
Schulz Academy’s new status marks the next phase in its ambition and growth – developments which will now be underpinned and supported by Everton.
To take advantage of this new opportunity, players are being advised to register now to be considered for Schulz Academy teams for the 2020/21 season.
To register with Schulz Academy: www.evertonfc.com/schulzacademy
Roland Kollmann, Director of Coaching at Schulz Academy said: “We are looking forward to working hand-in-hand with Everton Football Club. This great partnership provides additional soccer opportunities for players in the US to develop and reach their goal with success.”
Jasmin Schmidt, President of Schulz Academy added: “We are very excited to begin this great partnership. Together we will continue our goal of making sure every player matters. Player development is the main focus, and club and team culture is a priority.”
Joel Waldron, Everton’s Academy Director, said: “Schulz Academy shares a passion with Everton for developing quality footballers and helping them grow as people. I’m confident this partnership can help Schulz Academy become even more successful in that goal. Working closely in collaboration with our Academy Programme, I’m excited to see the progress that will be made in the months and years ahead.”
Known by its passionate US fanbase as ‘America’s Team,’ Everton is one of the most followed Premier League clubs in the USA. As part of its international strategy, Everton has expanded its Official Supporters’ Club programme and now has more than 55 supporters’ clubs across the US – meaning there is at least one Everton supporters’ club in every city state in the US.
Everton has had a number of former US stars as part of their roster of the years, including Landon Donovan, Brian McBride, Joe Max-Moore and former USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard, a legend of the Club from 2007-2016 and Everton’s record Premier League appearance holder. Howard is now Everton’s official Everton in the USA ambassador.
The Everton International Academy Affiliate Programme (EIAAP) is available to grassroots teams, professional sides, youth academies, girls’ and women’s teams, as well as colleges and universities.
To find out more or enquire about joining the EIAAP, please click here.