The Villarreal Academy project is heading to Bolivia. Villarreal CF has reached an agreement to work with Juan Manuel Peña Soccer School, the academy run by former Yellows and Bolivia national team defender Juan Manuel Peña.
The agreement will see players at the academy in Santa Cruz de la Sierra train under the innovative Villarreal CF methodology to help them develop to their full potential.
Juan Manuel Peña spent three years with Villarreal CF, and was part of the team that reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in the 2005/06 season. The former defender was also captain of Bolivia national team, representing La Verde on 85 different occasions between 1991 and 2009.
“This agreement will help children in Bolivia to feel motivated and feel that there is an important club at a global level behind them. There are so many players in professional football who have come through the youth ranks at Villarreal CF, and that is so important. It is one of the best youth academies there is. I come to Vila-real every year, and I have tried to copy the methodology they have here, and we’ve now reached an agreement to work together,” he said.
The Yellow Submarine now has a number of international academies and affiliate schools around the world: in the USA, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and now Bolivia.
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