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Swansea City AFC and VC Fusion Team Up with Cal South Coaches Association to Present "Behind the Scenes at an EPL Club" Specialty Clinic Event
julio 12, 2012


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For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Elliott Spruell
espruell@calsouth.com
714.451.1553

Swansea City AFC and VC Fusion Team Up with Cal South Coaches Association to Present "Behind the Scenes at an EPL Club" Specialty Clinic Event

July 12, 2012 (Fullerton, CA) - The Cal South Coaches Association, in partnership with Swansea City Association Football Club of the Barclays® (English) Premier League and the Ventura County Fusion of the PDL, will host a specialty coaching education event at Oxnard College in Oxnard, California on July 27-28, 2012.

Titled "Behind the Scenes at an EPL Club," the two-day program will consist of several sessions targeted to give registered participants a unique chance to understand what it takes to coach, train and play in one of the most revered soccer leagues in the world. Field training sessions on both days will take place at Oxnard College, while classroom sessions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura.

The clinic will be held in conjunction with Swansea's international exhibition appearance against the Ventura County Fusion on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Oxnard College Stadium. The clinic event and exhibition game are part of Swansea's 12-day North American promotional tour, which will also include games against the Colorado Rapids (July 24) and the San Jose Earthquakes (July 31) of Major League Soccer.

Sessions during "Behind the Scenes at an EPL Club" will be taught by several members of the Swansea City AFC coaching staff, including their newly appointed manager Michael Laudrup, the former Danish football superstar, best known for his lengthy and prolific tenure with the Denmark National Team and for winning a combined five consecutive La Liga titles with Spanish clubs Barcelona (1990-1993) and Real Madrid (1994). Laudrup scored 37 goals in 104 international appearances for his national team, and served as team captain for 28 matches in 1994-1995. He retired as a player following his appearance in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. Laudrup was appointed manager of the club on June 15 as part of a two-year contract.

Swansea's coaching techniques are highly regarded amongst their peers in the English football world. "Any youth coach… should look at how they [Swansea] are playing," said Harry Redknapp, the former manager of the Tottenham Spurs. "We should be… encouraging kids to play that way and pass the ball, because it is a fantastic way to play. You have to work that hard against Swansea. They pass the ball really well and make it really difficult for you. They have done an amazing job there."

Members of the recently formed Cal South Coaches Association will get first crack at registering for this special event. The cost for the event will be $100 for Cal South Coaches Association members and $200 for non-members. Each registration will also include a shared one night stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura, CA on Friday, July 27th, 2012. Further event details and registration information can be found through this link: http://cysa.affinitysoccer.com/eventmanager/public/event.asp?calid=5577997.

Coaches who have yet to join the Cal South Coaches Association, but are interested in taking advantage of the lower event cost for members, should be aware that a membership to the Coaches Association only costs $50 a coach, and also gains them a year's membership into the National Soccer Coaches Association of America at the same time (itself an $85 value). To learn more about the Cal South Coaches Association, click here.

The current schedule for "Behind the Scenes at an EPL Club" is as follows:

"Behind the Scenes at an EPL Club"
Specialty Clinic | July 27-28, 2012
Note: Courses, presenters and times are all subject to change up to the time of the event
Time Clinic Presenter(s)
Friday, July 27th - Oxnard College
10:00 a.m. Opening discussion: Objectives of the training session Swansea City AFC coaching staff
10:30 a.m. - 01:00 p.m. Training session followed by Q&A with Michael Laudrup (Head Coach) Swansea City AFC coaching staff including Alan Curtis (First Team Coach) & Adrian Tucker (Goalkeeper Coach)
Friday, July 27th - Crowne Plaza, Ventura
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. "Sports Science and Fitness in the EPL" - Classroom session, followed by Q&A Swansea's Ryland Morgans (Head of Sports Science) and Oscar Garcia (Fitness and Conditioning Coach)
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. "Playing in the Premier League" - Classroom session, followed by Q&A Selected Swansea City AFC players
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Coaches mixer
Saturday, July 28th - Crowne Plaza, Ventura
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. "Scouting in the English Premier League" Graham Smith, Everton FC's Head Scout for North and Central America
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. "Influence of the Media and Statistical Match Analysis" - Classroom session Swansea City AFC's Jonathan Wilsher (Head of Media)
Saturday, July 28th - Oxnard College
3:30 p.m. Pre-game talk Ole Mikkelsen, VC Fusion
4:00 p.m. Pre-game talk Swansea City AFC coaching staff
5:00 p.m. Game: Swansea City AFC vs. Ventura County Fusion** **All coaches registered for this clinic automatically receive a complimentary ticket to this game. Additional tickets can be purchased byclicking here.
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Post-game press conference and Q&A Both teams

For more information about this event, contact Elliott Spruell, Cal South's Coaching Education Coordinator, at 714.451.1553 or espruell@calsouth.com.

About the Swansea City Association Football Club:

Founded in 1912, and based in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom, Swansea City is one of the most successful clubs in Welsh football history, and the only Welsh club to have played in the Premier League ever since its formation. The winner of 10 Welsh Cups, Swansea City finished in 11th place for the 2011-2012 Premier League season, which officially concluded on May 13, 2012. Among the club's noteworthy results were a 1-0 triumph over first-place Manchester City on March 11 and an exciting 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Arsenal on January 15.

About Cal South:

The California State Soccer Association - South (Cal South) is a 501c(3) California public benefit corporation and is the official youth and adult state soccer association of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer. Cal South represents over 240 Member Leagues and Clubs comprising our membership of more than 180,000 registered players, coaches, referees and league administrators. The organization, with a service area that extends from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, provides rewarding recreational and competitive opportunities for players of all ages, genders and skill levels. For more information about Cal South, visit www.calsouth.com.

About the Ventura County Fusion:

Based in Ventura, California, the Ventura County Fusion is a successful world-class, championship-caliber soccer franchise and participant in the Western Conference's Southwest Division of the Premier Development League (PDL), an official operation of United Soccer Leagues (USL). Now in its sixth year of operation, the team completed its 2011 undefeated season with a second-place finish in the Southwest Division and its third consecutive playoff berth. The Fusion's roster consists of members of the U.S.'s Under-20 National Team, players from well-respected NCAA Division I university programs, and highly-touted standouts from international squads throughout the world. In addition to PDL play, the Fusion competes in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and in various exhibitions against some of the world's best professional squads, including Burnley, Everton, West Bromwich Albion, and Manchester City of the Barclays® (English) Premier League, and Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, DC United, Los Angeles Galaxy, Portland Timbers, and Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer (MLS). The Fusion is one of the few PDL organizations to offer a broad range of soccer instructional programs, including camps, schools, free clinics, and a youth club academy, specifically designed for players of different experience levels. For more information on the Ventura County Fusion, please visit www.vcfusion.com or email info@vcfusion.com.

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