Discoveries Enters Partnership with UE Cornella of Barcelona
Discoveries Soccer Club is excited to announce this past April, 2012, it has secured a partnership with Barcelona club Unió Esportiva Cornellà, also referred to in Catalan as UE Cornellà or in Spanish as UD Cornellà. UE Cornellà is the third most successful youth development club in Catalonia behind FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol. They are also a feeder club and grass roots partner with FC Barcelona, RCD Espanyol and England’s Blackburn Rovers.
Over the past 5 years UE Cornellà has become the preferred player source for clubs throughout Spain, Europe and the world. In the past year professional clubs such as FC Barcelona, RCD Espanyol, Villarreal F.C., Zaragoza F.C., Atletico Madrid and Blackburn Rovers have sent scouts to identify and sign over 10 players from U.D. Cornella.
The partnership with UE Cornella involves Cornella collaborating with Discoveries Soccer Club on player recruitment, coaching certification, methodology and coaching curriculum sharing, and team trips to Barcelona. A Summer Camp agreement has also been reached where Cornella, through their direct collaboration agreement with FC Barcelona´s unique and personalized soccer program, will provide top level Spanish coaches and ex-professional players to employ the technical and tactical coaching techniques that Spanish soccer is renowned for.
UE Cornella, through their arrangement with FC Barcelona, will also conduct a Talent Identification Program to invite any stand-out players back to Barcelona for additional development.
DSC has partnered with one of the best youth development systems in the world, and additionally, our local technical staff will also be developed by the UE Cornella Technical Director, allowing us to maintain a proven coaching program on home turf.
DSC Executive Director Dave Carton on the agreement;
¨This is a very exciting venture for Discoveries Soccer Club. I believe the Board at DSC deserve a lot of credit for their open-mindedness and willingness to develop our staff and our club. This agreement will provide our players with a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop through different perspectives and under the methodology of the finest and most attractive football in the world. From our point of view, this agreement further demonstrates our commitment to producing the most complete footballers, not just in York County, but state and region wide. The future is bright for DSC!¨
See link to UE Cornella web site
Professional Players from UE Cornella
Jordi was playing for UE Cornella before signing a professional contract with Valencia CF 4 years ago
Ignasi signed with Arsenal from UE Cornella in 2008. He was the captain of Arsenal reserves prior to making his debut at the age of 18 for the first team.
Hugo is the most recent UE Cornella player to sign for Blackburn Rovers.
6 years ago Victor signed for RCD Espanyol from UE Cornella. Last season he played for SSC Napoli in Italy before recently signing for Valencia CF.