For 6 days in late July and early August, Global Sports Partners hosted the Bulova China Soccer Camp on the campus of the Beijing Institute of Technology. More than 100 camp participants, ages 8-14, enjoyed high level soccer instruction and fun games meant to teach the value of sports in an individual's life. Parents of all participants were invited to attend the camp's closing ceremony, and over 100 parents came to see their child honored at the end of camp.
Today kicked off the Bulova Beijing Soccer Camp, held at the Beijing Institute of Technology. More than 120 local youth are participating in a week of soccer training and fun, conducted by Brazilian Coach Lamartine Silva with assistance from many local coaches. The generous funding of the Bulova Foundation has made this camp possible, with on the ground coordination from GSP staff members in the US and China.
On 7 December, 2013, two GSP Brazilian Football Coaches participated in a grassroots football program in Do Son, Vietnam in cooperation with Football For All Vietnam (FFAV), a community development organization that has been providing opportunities for all walks of society, including those with HIV/Aids and other marginalized persons.
On Sunday, 10 November, Spanish football club Real Betis hosted world famous Barcelona FC in a La Liga match at Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville, Spain. Barca features Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, as well as Spanish stars Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, and Andres Iniesta, and newly signed Brazilian star Neymar.
Arriving early for each session, GSP Football and Basketball experts Gregg Schroeder, Adam Bush, and Ian Hughes devoted plenty of personal time to interact with the campers and enjoyed getting to know and understand a bit about the life circumstances of many of them. All of the youth were enthusiastic and very grateful that Global Sports Partners would bring coaches to their neighborhood to conduct such a camp. The camps were made possible through the cooperative partnership between GSP and Jeddah United Sports Club and their assistance in preparing for this event. Promoting fair play and good sportsmanship, the theme for the camps was, “Say ‘no’ to bad sportsmanship”.