Academy Update: Welcoming local youth club managers to open training


Last weekend, Inter Miami CF held an open training session at DRV PNK Stadium. Fans gathered on the special Saturday afternoon to see the first team and their new additions up close. During fútbol fun, Inter Miami CF Academy presented by Baptist Health also hosted a number of local youth club managers, including a town hall at the XBTO Northwest Club.

A number of speakers spoke about the importance of the Academy within the community and how together they can share a fruitful and mutually beneficial relationship. Speakers included:

● Xavi Asensi – Commercial Director

● Chris Henderson – Director of Football and Sporting Director

● Craig Dalrymple – Director of the Academy

Prior to the training session, speakers discussed their roles within the Academy and how together the club plans to develop our local talent and create a winning culture.

For Asensi, who previously worked in his native Spain for FC Barcelona, ​​it was an opportunity to discuss the unique opportunities of working with local clubs given the structure of the sport in the United States. For Henderson, it was an opportunity to share his vision of what success looks like in the local market, emphasizing the importance of a holistic approach to development and recruitment, as well as maintaining strong relationships with local clubs, athletes and coaches. Dalrymple, meanwhile, understands the value of open communication between Inter Miami and local clubs, stressing the importance of an ongoing conversation to develop the game to its full potential in South Florida, whether it noted as the highest potential area of ​​the country.

Reflecting on the event, Dalrymple shared the idea behind the gathering of local club managers, expressing the importance of fostering a sense of community in South Florida.

“The concept was to continue to engage with community clubs. We wanted to give them opportunities to have another look out the window at what we do, in this case first team training. So for them to be around that, to hear and smell and see, that was important,” Dalrymple said.

“We listen to the community. We want to continue building relationships with them. The South Florida ecosystem is important to us.

Dalrymple also continued to stress the importance of moments like these, emphasizing the benefits for all parties.

“It’s important to us that we support each other, that they support us in terms of match attendance and support for their local MLS club. But we also support them in terms of awareness and opportunities not only to stay connected. , not just from a talent identification perspective, but also commercial, tickets, fundraising, whatever.

For additional coverage from our team, you can follow our Academy’s journey online by following our Twitter account @InterMiamiAcad or via Instagram @InterMiamiCF_Academy.


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