NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -- The Marcet Soccer Academy, based in Barcelona Spain is one of the premier training academies for young soccer stars with dreams of one day turning professional.
This week one of Marcet’s coaches made a stop in North Myrtle Beach to help grow the sport in the United States.
’Football especially in sports, has the power to teach,” said Guillermo Madeos, Marcet Soccer Coach.
Madeos traveled from Barcelona to spend a week with young soccer players in North Myrtle Beach, teaching them fundamentals along with a few professional tricks.
“Soccer you can play in the streets, you can play in the corner with a ball and you can become a good player by practicing,” said Manuel Baerga.
Manuel grew up in Puerto Rico and has seen soccer grow in popularity here in America.
Now a resident of Little River, he helped set up the camp for young players interested in the game.
“Kids these days are getting involved in the LEH so by the time they’re 15 or 16 they are already experts in the game,” said Baerga.
While 90% of young footballers won’t become professional, Marcet Soccer Academy looks to grow players as leaders both on and off the field.
“It’s really nice of them to come out here and it’s a really good Academy for us to play and try out more skills,” said Sulaiman Algozy.
Guillermo helped train nearly 50 kids this week and hopes to see some at the Marcet Soccer Academy in Barcelona, training to become professionals.
“At Marcet we open our doors to everybody,” said Guillermo.
As for growing the game on a local level.
A ball and a field is all you need to play the game, if you learn to kick the ball and do that every day, you will become the best,” said Baerga.
Manuel’s dream is to one day have a soccer training academy in the Myrtle Beach area and plans to bring back trainers from Marcet later this year.