TRISTAR Boys’ F.C. have announced an exciting new partnership with major USA football organisation, Global Premier Soccer (GPS) which will see local footballers travelling stateside every year for unique coaching and education opportunities.
The partnership agreement was the brainchild of GPS General Manager and former Tristar player, Joe Bradley and current chairman, Ryan Horner.
Both men are excited by the project which will create opportunities for young Derry players to experience the US lifestyle and, in addition, have the chance to secure a sports scholarship at one of the premier universities in the United States.
Global Premier Soccer have agreed to fund the travel, accommodation and coaching costs of a Tristar player to the USA every summer for six weeks where they will play in specially arranged tournaments. The coaches will also be responsible for offering university sports scholarships to suitable players.
GPS was created by local man, Bradley and has grown to become one of the most successful and influential soccer organisations in the United States.
Indeed, it is a huge organisation on the East Coast of the USA, with soccer clinics, camps and clubs and up to 60 coaches operating across Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, New Hampshire and New York.
This link between Tristar Boys’ FC and GPS highlights the tremendous impact that the late Tristar founder, Jon Clifford, had on all the players that passed through the club over the past 40 years.
Many former Tristar players are now linking up with the club again to ensure that Jon’s life work is maintained and the current members have the best opportunities for enjoyment and development as possible.
Tristar chairman, Ryan Horner, was delighted to secure the partnership with the GPS: “We are all excited by this partnership as it provides tremendous opportunities for the current group of Tristar players as GPS have agreed to fund the travel, accommodation and coaching costs of a Tristar player to the USA every summer.
“As part of this partnership, the player will play in showcase tournaments where the soccer coaches from the top US universities will be present,” he added.
“The coaches have the responsibility of offering university sports scholarships to suitable players. Clearly, this is a fantastic opportunity and all at Tristar would like to thank GPS for their generosity.”
GPS general manager, Joe Bradley, was also excited to finalise the agreement and highlighted the great work the club has done for local footballers over the years.
“It has always been our intention to develop a link with Tristar as it is one of the most famous and creative clubs on the island of Ireland, and through Jon Clifford, it has contributed massively to the personal and footballing development of generations of players.
“This partnership agreement has benefits for both organisations but more importantly it provides great opportunity for Tristar players today and in the future,” he concluded.