(L-R) Former Real Madrid player Raúl González Blanco, Director of IdeaSport Planning & Development Eduardo Frisicaro, Director of Disney Sports Planning and Development Jorge Senior, LaLiga President Javier Tebas, Vice President of Disney Sports Faron Kelley, and former Barcelona player Gianluca Zambrotta. (Todd Anderson, photographer)
Multi-year relationship with IdeaSport, LLC will establish a unique soccer training program for kids, coaches and officials at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – As the popularity of soccer continues to rise around the globe, Walt Disney World Resort is teaming with IdeaSport, LLC to host a soccer program for youth athletes at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida that will be sponsored by LaLiga, one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world.
Through this multi-year agreement, the program presented by LaLiga and Walt Disney World Resort will provide a holistic approach to soccer education with proven, year-round training and development for youth soccer athletes, developing them on and off the field, as well as training for coaches and officials.
“For the last 20 years, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has been a top venue for athletes of all ages and levels to pursue their sports dreams,” said Faron D. Kelley, vice president of Disney Sports. “As we continue to expand our growing portfolio of youth soccer events, we are excited to work with IdeaSport and LaLiga to provide this world-class development opportunity for youth soccer athletes.”
An open house will be hosted by LaLiga and Walt Disney World on June 1-4 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and training and development is scheduled to begin in late June. In addition, multiple events and exhibitions are expected to be brought to the complex each year, including a tournament, on-site events and summer camps with current and former LaLiga players and coaches, visits from LaLiga legends and ambassadors, and more events to be announced throughout the multi-year relationship.
“This represents the coming together of two strong brands where passion, drive and authenticity meet,” said Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga. “This unique opportunity will help aspiring youth soccer players to learn the LaLiga style of soccer from our world-class coaches, players and officials associated with our league.”
LaLiga is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world. It has produced Europe’s top-rated club more times (18) than any other league, and it reached 2.1 billion viewers worldwide in the 2015-2016 season, according to Nielsen ratings. During the first round of the 2016-17 season, that number grew by 37 percent.
For more information on this exciting new soccer program, visit www.idea-sports.com.
About ESPN Wide World of Sports
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in March, is the leading sports venue for amateur and professional sports in the world. The complex, located at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, hosts more than 100 entertainment and sports events a year and has accommodated more than 70 different sports and 3 million athletes from around the world. Designed to provide professional, amateur and youth athletes with an experience synonymous with the names Disney and ESPN, the 220-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including 16 baseball/softball fields, plus the 9,500-seat Champion Stadium, 18 multi-purpose outdoor fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, two field houses (and a third currently under construction) for basketball, volleyball, and other indoor sports, the New Balance Track & Field facility and cross country course, and a tennis court complex with 10 courts. Coming soon, the complex will be home to a brand-new facility specifically designed for cheerleading and dance competitions, currently under construction. ESPN Wide World of Sports also provides coaches and teams with a variety of unique sports solutions, such as special travel packages, fresh ready-made meal options, photography services, customized event merchandise, and post-game celebrations in the Disney Parks. For more information, visit www.disneysportsnews.com for news releases, photos and videos. Follow us on Twitter at @DisneySports and at Facebook at ESPNWWOS.