Eleven Pacific Soccer Institute Players Head To Germany For Unique Opportunity
March 22, 2017
VICTORIA, BC - The Pacific Soccer Institute (PSI) is paving the way for the future of Canadian soccer. The program is currently in the midst of a trip to Germany, where 11 student-athletes are getting their first taste of professional soccer with a number of Bundesliga clubs.
Each of PSI’s 11 travelling student-athletes will participate in a one-week “apprenticeship” at one of five clubs: FC Augsburg, SV Wacker Burghausen, Rot-Weiss Erfurt, FC Nuernberg and FC Magdeburg. The clubs operate within the top four tiers of Germany’s soccer pyramid and provide a wealth of opportunities for PSI player assessment and growth within the one-week—and potentially extended—period of time.
“The trip abroad will provide PSI players an abundance of experiences and knowledge to take forth in their soccer careers,” Managing Director and Head Coach Thomas Niendorf commented. “These apprenticeship trips will allow these players an opportunity to understand first-hand the standards required by German academies, and also a view to compare themselves to the other players within the academies.”
Successful training stays could earn a player an extended look with their designated German club. An invitation for an extended look could then pave the way for significant opportunities down the road.
“We have been working with these German clubs for many months to organize this apprenticeship visit,” Niendorf added. “These trips are significant to our program as it strengthens our relationships with these clubs, and also provides our athletes the venue to test themselves at the highest level.”
PSI’s most recent trip abroad is just one aspect of the program’s overall model to developing rounded Canadian players for the professional level of soccer. In addition to the on-field curriculum, athletes are also enrolled in a blended learning program that allows them to continue their academics, while maintaining the required on-field training sessions that occur daily at Westhills Stadium and Goudy field in Langford.
Under the direction of Niendorf, PSI’s overall development model is built around four-stages, and features influence and standards established in the German Elite School curriculum, as well as the standards and protocols set in a number of European soccer environments. The initial two-years feature a U-18 residency program, made up of Grade 11 and 12 student-athletes. Year Three sees those student-athletes participating in apprenticeships with German U-19 Bundesliga programs or opportunities at a North American NCAA or USports institute. Year Four of the program sees students entering the professional mentorship aspect of PSI’s development model, where players then obtain a professional contract.
Ethan Monaghan/FC Augsburg
Elliott Cuthbert/Wacker Burghausen
Koby Greaves/ Wacker Burghausen
Noah Hrdlicka/Rot-Weiss Erfurt
Keenen Colley/Rot-Weiss Erfurt
Koen Schoffner/Rot-Weiss Erfurt
Nicolas Budisa/1.FC Nuernberg
Jonathan Walter/1.FC Nuernberg
Miguel Mendoza/1.FC Magdeburg
Oliver Saundry/1.FC Magdeburg
Alexander Irwin/1.FC Magdeburg
ABOUT PACIFIC SOCCER INSTITUTE
Founded by Thomas Niendorf and located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, the Pacific Soccer Institute’s athletic and academic programs provide student-athletes the opportunity to maximize their potential and professional opportunities in the game of soccer.