Everton welcome FC Highland as club partners

FC Highland, a growing youth football academy in Florida, is joining forces with Everton Football Club in an exciting new partnership.

The Orlando-based club will be part of the Everton International Academy Affiliate Program (EIAAP), with the two clubs working together on program sharing, player development and coach education, among other things.

The link follows initial discussions in the summer of 2021, when Everton traveled to the United States for the Florida Cup and met with FC Highland officials to discuss shared club values ​​and a common vision.

The EIAAP initiative offers clubs at all levels of the game access to the best coaching insights from Everton’s renowned Academy to support the growth of each club – a level of support that sets it apart from more traditional models.

These include:

– Full access to the Everton Academy program

– Weekly support from a dedicated Everton Academy coach

– Holistic approach to player, manager and club development, offering technical support from USM Finch Farm and Business and marketing support from the Royal Liver Building.

Everton international technical manager Paddy Byrne will visit FC Highland later this year to help share the Everton Academy curriculum and teaching methods used at USM Finch Farm, while working working closely with the club to develop the skills of players and coaches.

In turn, this provides FC Highland with additional knowledge and resources to help the club achieve its goal of developing the stars of tomorrow in Florida and the United States of America.

FC Highland staff, who are already affiliated with the Florida Youth Soccer Association and US Club Soccer, will have the opportunity to tour Everton’s state-of-the-art USM Finch Farm complex – home to the men’s, women’s and teams of the Everton Academy – for education and training.

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Formed in 2020 and led by current and former professional and international players, FC Highland’s development program works with promising young players across Florida ages 5-18.

CEO and former New Zealand international Jeremy Christie, who represented his country at the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, leads the team, which includes former Jamaica international Giles Barnes, who had stints in England with Derby County and West Bromwich Albion, Orlando Pride’s Toni Pressley and fellow NWSL star Kristen Edmonds, who plays for Kansas City Current.

The Academy also boasts several high-profile club ambassadors, including Brazilian legend Marta and current MLS player Dom Dwyer.

Joining FC Highland marks the next step in its growth and ambition to produce the next generation of American stars.

CEO Jeremy Christie said: “I am extremely pleased that we are becoming an Everton International Academy Affiliate Partner.

“They are one of the most legendary clubs in English football history and the resources they use to develop players make their academy one of the best in the world and we look forward to learning from them. , so that we can provide the same development experience for our players.

“Having access to Everton’s training methods and programme, coupled with the coaches we have at our club – a number of them have played or are playing professionally – and having exclusive use of the best football facility from downtown Orlando to Trotters Park, is going to allow us to provide the best environment for young players to grow and reach their potential. We can’t wait to get started!

Everton International Technical Manager Paddy Byrne added: “We are delighted to welcome FC Highland as a partner club in the Everton International Academy Affiliate Programme.

“I am delighted to work alongside Jeremy and his coaching staff, many of whom have had long professional careers.

“By sharing our values ​​and coaching methods, we will further enhance our affiliate program and FC Highland, while strengthening Everton’s ties with Central Florida.

“I’m sure it will prove a successful partnership for both clubs in the future and we can’t wait to get started.”

Known to their passionate fans in the United States as “America’s Team”, Everton are one of the most followed Premier League clubs in the United States.

As part of its international strategy, Everton have expanded their official supporter club program and now have over 55 supporter clubs across the United States, meaning there is at least one Everton supporter club in every city-state in the United States.

Everton have had a number of former US stars in their roster for years, including Landon Donovan, Brian McBride, Joe Max-Moore and former USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard, a club legend from 2007 to 2016 and Everton’s Premier League record. appearance holder. Howard is now Everton’s official ambassador to the United States.

The Everton International Academy Affiliate Program (EIAAP) is available for grassroots teams, professional teams, youth academies, girls and women’s teams, as well as colleges and universities.

To learn more, please visit www.EvertonInternationalAcademy.com