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Premier League Stars Coming To Disney Soccer Academy This Summer

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While several Premier League teams will be visiting the United States this summer on pre-season friendly tours, five footballers that are synonymous with the league will be coaching budding soccer stars this June in Florida.

Midwest Soccer Academy has teamed up with ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex at WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort and Virgin Holidays to bring you The Disney Soccer Academy Superstar Edition. The academy will feature former Manchester City and now Cardiff City legend Craig Bellamy, Blackburn captain Christopher Samba, Blackpool captain Charlie Adam, Blackburn’s Paul Robinson and West Ham United’s Benni McCarthy.

The four-day instructional camp, near Orlando, Florida, is open to children aged 6 to 18 years old. The Disney Soccer Academy features licensed coaches from around the world, and focuses on technical development as well as small-sided games. The coaching will be directed by Simon Davey, a former professional footballer in the United Kingdom who recently managed Barnsley and was a coach at Preston North End under current Everton manager David Moyes.

“We’ve spent considerable time and resources to sign top Premier League talent to come to Florida this summer to coach young children,” said Midwest Soccer Academy President Tony Shard. “We’re confident that each child will receive world-class coaching in an environment, thanks to our partners, which are one-of-a-kind.”

Shard was the organizer of the successful Paul Scholes Soccer Academy, which was held near Orlando in the summer of 2010.

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Simon Davey (l) and David Beckham (r)

Children who enroll in the Disney Soccer Academy Superstar Edition will receive daily on-field instruction on the world-class HESS® Sports Field at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex at WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort. The complex is set across 220 acres of superb sporting facilities and can comfortably fit 13 full-sized soccer pitches. The experience is also enhanced with state-of-the-art monitors to capture all of the highlights taking place throughout the complex.

Child registrants will also enjoy appearances by professional Premier League footballers, an event T-shirt, athlete gift and daily lunch.

Children can attend either the week one (June 20-23rd) or week two (June 27-30th) academy. To register or learn more about the Disney Soccer Academy Superstar Edition, visit the Midwest Soccer Academy website or e-mail

“Space is filling fast, so I would encourage parents who want to have their children coached by these Premier League soccer stars to register as soon as possible,” added Shard.

The five footballers attending the camp this summer represent Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City. Craig Bellamy is a Welsh international footballer who has spent his career at Newcastle United, Liverpool, Manchester City, West Ham United, Norwich, Coventry City, Celtic, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City. Christopher Samba has made 20 appearances for the Republic of Congo and has been at Blackburn Rovers since 2007. Paul Robinson has played at Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United. Plus he has represented England more than 40 times. Blackpool’s Charlie Adam has played for Rangers as well as several Scottish clubs on loan. Plus, Adam has nine caps for Scotland at the full-international level. Last but not least, Benni McCarthy has played for West Ham United, Blackburn Rovers, Porto, Ajax and other clubs. He has represented South Africa more than 75 times.

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5 Responses to Premier League Stars Coming To Disney Soccer Academy This Summer

  1. MNUfan1991 says:

    Just don’t run around the pitch without permission, or Craig Bellamy’s gonna b*tch slap ya!

  2. Charlie Adam — I can see. Same for Christopher Samba,Paul Robinson, and even Benni McCarthy. But Craig Bellamy coaching kids? They better keep the golf clubs far, far away…..

    • Dave C says:

      Actually I’m not surprised by Bellamy. I read an article on him somewhere recently – despite his many bad-boy incidents, he is actually heavily involved in charitable projects. He runs a soccer acadamy of some sort in Africa, it stresses acadamic achievement as well as footballing skills, he makes several personal visits a year to see the kids and make sure everything is operating smoothly, pours a lot of his own money into the operation, and personally interviews every coach who applies to work there. He obviously takes real personal responsibility for ensuring the project’s success, without the associated self-promotion that usually goes hand-in-hand with such charity projects (**cough cough Madonna/Oprah, cough cough**).

  3. Trickybrkn says:

    Benni McCarthy must have worked it out that whets paid in big macs…. I actually forgot was still with WHU…

    • Dave C says:

      Ha, that’s exactly what I was thinking. He and Charlie Adam probably both heard about all the great all-you-can-eat buffets in America.

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