Slammers FC Announces New Youth to Pro Pathway
Slammers FC Enter Partnership with Capelli Sport Owned Professional Club HB Køge
April 2, 2021
Slammers FC is proud to announce a new partnership with Capelli Sport-owned professional club, HB Køge. With a multi-year agreement in place, Slammers FC creates a unique, vertically integrated youth-to-pro professional pathway to Europe.
Slammers FC was founded in 1994 in Newport Beach, California with a vision and passion to create a youth soccer environment that fosters player personal growth and respect in a team environment. The Slammers FC culture embodies the principles of hard work, both on and off the field, to become the best person and player in all aspects of life.
HB Køge is Danish professional soccer club owned and operated by Capelli Sport, and plays their home games at Capelli Sport Stadium, 30 miles south of Copenhagen. HB Køge professional men’s team plays in the Danish 1st Division, while the HB Køge Women’s team plays in the top league of women’s professional soccer in Denmark, Kvindeligaen. Capelli Sport is uniquely suited to provide this opportunity and support to Slammers FC and will be actively involved in the new partnership.
Slammers FC will benefit from an open-door policy with HB Køge to include player opportunities, coaching education, curriculum sharing, and an overall collaboration in all aspects of player development. Starting in the summer of 2021, Slammers FC will rename its ECNL and ECNL-RL Southwest Conference teams to Slammers HB Køge to more align with its new Danish counterpart.
The specialized partnership will provide the club and its players with unique one-of-a-kind opportunities with HB Køge. Slammers FC players will visit the Danish facilities to train, play, and experience a professional environment as part of their development process, while creating cross-cultural experiences.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide this type of partnership to Slammers FC and its players,” said Capelli Sport President and CEO George Altirs. “We look forward to creating more opportunities for young players in America to experience European soccer and get exposure through Capelli Sport and its clubs,” Altirs continued.
Walid Khoury, Director of Coaching, Slammers HB Køge & Slammers FC, said, “It has always been a dream of mine to create a real professional pathway from club and college to the professional level. The opportunities this partnership creates for our players is beyond exciting and we would like to thank Capelli Sport for all of their support in this transition, and in the future.”
“Through our ownership of George Altirs and Capelli Sport, HB Køge is proud to enter into a partnership with Slammers FC. We look forward to working more closely together in many aspects, including player development and player pathways.” Said HB Køge CEO, Per Rud.
About Capelli Sport
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