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EduKick Alumnus Duncan McCormick Signs with Sounders 2

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Duncan McCormick, from Seattle, Washington, spent the 2010/11 season at the EduKick Madrid Academy and is now one of the first two players chosen for the Sounders 2 inaugural season in the USL.

“It’s good to be a part of this program, especially in the first year,” said McCormick. “I see a ton of positive things coming along and it’s going to be a great stepping stone to get to the First Team. I wasn’t ready to make that jump from the Academy right away, but this allows me to do my business with S2 to hopefully make the move eventually.”

At the age of 19, McCormick has started all 29 games for the Academy U-18 side in the 2013-2014 US Soccer Development Academy season. He also scored a total of seven goals season and helped his team to the top with 1st place in the USSDA Western Conference.
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Duncan tweeted this image shortly after signing on.

“Signing the team’s first two players is a momentous occasion,” said S2 General Manager Andrew Opatkiewicz about Duncan and his new teammate Amadou Sanyang. “Duncan and Amadou represent some of the key building blocks of S2. Duncan is a young Academy product who’s a total team guy and has a lot of upside.”

McCormick, during his time at EduKick Madrid, had the opportunity to play for Spanish Third Division side Colemenar Viejo.

“My time spent with EduKick Madrid made me a much more well-rounded player and person on and off the field.” McCormick told EduKick. “I give much of the credit for my recent success to those who in Madrid who helped me develop my skills. Training at an elite level everyday in Madrid has prepared me for the future, and it couldn’t have been with a better group people.”

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Name: Duncan McCormick
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-11
Weight: 160
Born: November 1, 1995
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Citizenship: United States
Previous Experience: Sounders FC Academy (2012-13), EduKick Madrid Academy (2010-11), Colemenar Viejo (Spanish Second Division, 2011), Crossfire Premier (2009-2010)

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Summer/Fall 2015 Registration Opens for EduKick Madrid Soccer Training Camps

Excellence in soccer, academic and language training now available to new student-athletes.
The EduKick International Soccer Academy in Madrid, Spain, once again welcomes interest in their summer, fall and year-long programs. This year, they’ve opened their doors to even more students from around the globe.

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The Players

“Our current EduKick Spain family includes young players from around the globe who share a passion for football,” said Joey Bilotta, president of EduKick International. “Our player base is always so diverse, and we look forward to seeing what new countries will be represented this year.”
These young athletes range in age from 13-22 and come for more than just the great soccer training they get from the professional coaches at EduKick.
The international academy offers a learning environment where players not only work on developing their football talent under expert guidance, but also have the opportunity to complete their high school education, learn a new language and experience the culture in a city known for “Spanish football.”
One thing EduKick Madrid makes clear is that education is vital to the complete development of each student. The daily schedule is full of learning and activity.

The Schedule

The student-athletes start the day with football training. Four times a week players make the short walking distance to the training facilities to learn from Football Director, DR. Javier Mallo who puts the players through a strength and conditioning program. Afterward, Head Coach Javier Martin focuses on developing the essential technical and tactical skills required for top-level play.
“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital,” Nacho Mallo, EduKick Madrid director, says regarding the intense practice regimen.
Evenings allow time for the players to join local football teams for their training sessions, giving them the opportunity to train and compete among Spanish football players 2-3 times per week.
In addition, each player receives a personal strength and conditioning fitness plan that compliments the training sessions, along with access to a fully-equipped gym, indoor swimming pool and spa.
Weekends are reserved for games where they may have the opportunity to play in the Madrid Municipality League or the Madrid Federated league based upon eligibility.
Edukick Spain offers two main studying options. Particpants who wish to continue their High School academics can enter our affiliate Spanish private school Colegio Alameda. An intensive Spanish language course at the highly-rated International House Madrid language institute is also available to all students.

The Opportunities

Madrid offers a great range of opportunities for players to discover. Art museums like “El Prado” or “Reina Sofia” (home of Picasso´s “El Guernica”), Royal Palaces and wonderful gardens, shopping avenues, markets, busy squares and above all, lots of football.
Each player who joins the Edukick Spain Year Long Program receives a professional football attendance pack where they get to watch live professional football.
This season players have already seen a home league game of the current Spanish League winner and Champions League finalist At. Madrid at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.
Particpants have also visited Valdebebas, Real Madrid training facilities, a home league game of Real Madrid Castilla (coached by Zinedine Zidane), a home La Liga game of Rayo Vallecano against Sevilla and the great Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Real Madrid vs. At. Madrid.
“We’re proud that all of our student-players are able to get the feeling of professional football that Madrid represents so well,” EduKick’s president and CEO explains. “It’s part of what makes EduKick Madrid the football and academic experience of a lifetime.”
For more information contact EduKick International at 866.338.5425 or internationally at 001.905.469-5661.
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EduKick Madrid-More Training Fun!

These guys are having fun training to be the best soccer players they can be. And the coolest part is getting to work with people from around the world!
Learning a new language really helps take the experience to a new level as they work hard at their education both on and off the field.
Anytime you want more information, just fill out the form below. We’ll tell you all about how awesome living at an EduKick Academy can be.
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A Great Game Starts in the Gym!

Want to see some soccer players pushing themselves in physical training? At EduKick Madrid Football Academy, working out in the gym is as important to your game as footy skills.
Not only that, but we encourage you to improve your Spanish language skills and develop a strong academic foundation. To be great, this is all part of the game. Learn more here.
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How Good Are Your Football Skills?

How good are your football skills?
Think you can handle being on an EduKick Madrid team, playing Spanish football?
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Spanish Soccer Students Kick It Up

More Than Just Footy Skills

Did you know that EduKick has an Academy in Madrid, Spain? There, students from around the globe join in full-time soccer training from some of the best coaches in Spain.
Not only that, these high school students continue their education either online or by attending local schools. Language study is also a large part of the overall training at EduKick Academies. So our students are learning more than just footy skills.
We believe that a well-trained student can not only play soccer well, but be able to communicate on an international level with other players, coaches and others in their daily lives away from home.
Watch them play with skill in the video below, and see yourself playing with them.
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EduKick Madrid Announces New Courses

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EduKick Madrid recently announced plans to offer new goalkeeper and continue their new female footballer courses early this year.

Adding goalkeeper and female specific courses to EduKick Spain is an example of our commitment to being the best football academy in Spain.-EduKick President, Joey Bilotta

Since 2001, EduKick has provided International Football and Education Academy programs for academic year, half-year, semester, monthly and summer language immersion football camps in Spain, England, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, Mexico and the US.
Each venue includes opportunities for full-time educational options such as ESL, EFL, BTEC Sports Science, Foreign Language Study, IGCSE and A-Level, and USA 8-12 Online Distance Learning.
Goal keeper academy
Beginning in January 2015, EduKick Madrid, in association with LA LIGA Goalkeeper coach, Roberto Navajas of Real Sociedad, will open their Madrid-based academy to competitive goalkeepers who want to perfect their skills for their position. This new course features a dedicated coach in the morning training sessions.
Coach Navajas will personally overlook the goalkeeper training curriculum and communicate regularly with attending goalkeepers. Click here to learn more: GOALKEEPER COURSE
Female Soccer Academy
FEMALE SOCCER ACADEMY
September saw the opening of the Female Football Academy Course. This unique female soccer training course is available to international female football players from 13-23 years of age. The female student-players train in the morning alongside the boys, enabling them to test their skills against their male counterparts in the academy.
They also train 2-3 times weekly with the local Spanish Women’s Squad. EduKick Spain inserts all its academy players onto local Madrid area Spanish teams according their their age and level and is affiliated with the famous womens’ only football club, Madrid CFF.
Their first team is in first place in the 2nd Division of Spain`s women`s soccer, and is a favorite to be promoted to Spanish Super Liga – 1st Division of Women`s football in Spain.

EduKick President Joey Bilotta said “Adding goalkeeper and female specific courses to EduKick Spain is an example of our commitment to being the best football academy in Spain. Now both goalkeepers and female footballers can also attend our unique residential academy in Madrid to continue their education and train specific to their position and gender.”

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Another EduKick Alum Goes Pro

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Every season, it seems we discover more EduKick grads finding their way into professional soccer. Today, it’s Charlie Butte of Belmont, Massachusetts.
Charlie, age 22, is an American who trained at EduKick Madrid in the 2010/2011 academic year.
He returned to the USA to play for Iona College in New York. After several trials in Germany, he recently signed for Sportfreunde Siegen.

Congratulations, Charlie!

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Behind the Scenes at EduKick Madrid

Want to see what happens off the field at the premiere Spanish football academy in Madrid?
Get to know the guys in a very personal way as you travel with them throughout the day.

You may even get to see a few soccer tricks!

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