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Olympiacos reigns in the US too!

Olympiacos reigns in the US too!

The staff of the Academy visited Los Angeles where Olympiacos operate a School of Football and joined events with city clubs, local bodies and fan clubs.

The visit of the Academy of Olympiacos in Los Angeles, USA between November 9-16 was highly successful. The staff of our Academy visited the city’s School of Football operated by Olympiacos and talked with local bodies, the Mayor, representatives of the church as well as local clubs and fan clubs.
Olympiacos prove that they reign not only in Greece, but also on an international level, and that they have great power in the US where they operate two Schools where hundreds of children learn the secrets of football.
The Director of the Network of Schools Mr Vasilis Nanos, the scout and veteran player of the club Mr Giorgos Amanatidis and the coach of the Academy Mr Fotis Papanagis, visited the “city of angels”. The Olympiacos delegation was warmly welcomed by the head of the California School Mr Kostas Frousiakis and his brothers Yorgos and Yannis, whereas the Chicago School was represented by Mrs Angela Kosmas!
The visit to the Town Hall!
During their stay in Los Angeles, the staff of the Academy and the staff from our School in California visited the Town Hall of Huntington Beach, the area where our School is situated. The Mayor of the city “hosting” one of the most famous beaches in the US, where surf is flourishing, is of Greek origins and his name is Jim Katapodis. The first citizen of the city enthusiastically welcomed the delegation of Olympiacos and after talking with them, promised to help the School! He also promised he would announce to the City Council the operation of the School in the city! As a gift, Jim Katapodis was presented with an Olympiacos shirt together with the books of the Academy and the first team, as well as printed material from the California School.
The Saint Sophia Cathedral

The schedule of Olympiacos of course included a visit to the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles. The people of Olympiacos were welcomed in the Cathedral by the Center Director John Kopatsis who let them know that the church supports more than 1,000 families! Mr Nanos informed them that Olympiacos is more than a football club; it’s a living and huge organisation who, through its Schools, stands by the church and our fellow people in need.

As a gift, John Kopatsis was presented with a shirt of our side and informed us that the visit would be posted in the church’s Sunday publication. The newspaper is mainly read by the 100,000 Greeks in California and this information about the church’s activities, allows everyone to come closer.

Visit to the Los Angeles Football Club offices

The Olympiacos representatives of course also met with representatives of football clubs, such as the Los Angeles Football Club. The representatives met with Tom Penn, one of the 24 owners, as well as Carl Schloessman Chief Operating Officer, Mr Rich Orosco Culture και Community and Mrs Nikki Mark Development and Strategic Initiatives.

The conversation revolved around the mode of operation of the Schools of Football, with the Americans expressing their wish to travel to Greece and visit the training center and also watch a match in “Georgios Karaiskakis” Stadium. The club will officially participate in the MLS in the 2017 season, intend to build a football museum, asked us to send something from our club and said that they will invite us to the opening of the museum.

The association!

The people of Olympiacos also visited the offices of the Association for Youth and Adult Soccer in Southern California. The football association in Southern California numbers 170,000 footballers, 34,000 coaches, referees and volunteers, and over 12,000 football clubs. There was a meeting with the President of the Association Derek Barraza, Mr Johnnie W. Garza, Jr. Chief Executive Officer, and Mr Steven Hoffman – Director of Coaching Education and Player Development. During the conversation, there was exchange of information regarding the mode of operation of Olympiacos and the Schools in the States, whereas the topic of an official collaboration between the Association and our School is under consideration. Additionally, the representative of the Chicago School, Mrs Kosmas, analyzed the plan of operation and the means of development. The President said that the selection of the area for an Olympiacos School is very apt given the demographics.

Visit to the LA Galaxy Club

During the visit, there was a meeting with the LA Galaxy representatives. The meeting was with the former player of the club Mr Pete Vagenas – Senior Director Youth Academy and Alumni Relations, the Director of Football Mr Jovan Kirovski, Mr Gordon Kljestan Director – Amateur Soccer and Fan Development and the Academy Director Mr William Bizzaro. During the meeting, there was a tour in all areas of the stadium, the offices, the locker room, the gym and the restaurants and inside the stadium. The facilities of the club host all United States National Teams and there is also a school for the children of the academy. There was an exchange of team memorabilia and the mode of operation was discussed!

A reception for the delegation of Olympiacos

The Olympiacos School has been scheduling this visit of the staff of the Academy for a long time and had of course arranged for a reception in their honour. The reception was held in a local golf club and all children of the Academy together with their parents were present, as well as many Greeks living in Los Angeles.

A video featuring Roberto sending his wishes was played during the event; Roberto donated his shirt and his gloves and Pulido donated his shirt. It is noteworthy that many children from Mexico train in the School and Pulido was the player that sparked their interest! Mr Amanatidis also donated a shirt from when he was playing for Olympiacos and the money collected during the event were donated to an organization for children with special needs using therapeutic horseback riding for their treatment.

The Chicago School was represented by Mrs Angela Kosmas who presented a plaque to Mr Frousiakis as a welcome to the family of Schools and promised that they will soon visit the School to play some friendly matches. Mr Frousiakis presented Olympiacos with a plaque and said that we all form a big and strong family! The three representatives of Olympiacos also talked during the event, whereas little Alton won a trip to Greece to attend together with his parents the match against Arsenal!

The school…

The pitches of the School belong to local schools so the representatives of Olympiacos talked to Michael Conroy Ed. D. Deputy Superintendent administrative services and Cindy Pulfer Administrative Assistant at Ocean View School District. Both officials received an Olympiacos shirt and printed material as a gift whereas the two sides promised to have a good collaboration.

Training and education!

During our visit, there were of course training sessions in the divisions of our School, talks to the children and their parents, official and friendly matches (a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the victims of the Paris attacks), and many gifts were given to the children. The delegation also visited other training facilities since the number of children is quite big and there is need for more pitches. The people of Olympiacos were perfectly satisfied with these visits and the School’s organisation, and congratulated Mr Frousiakis!



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