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Sheffield Wednesday North American Academy Club

October 5, 2012 - Richmond, VA: Chesterfield United is pleased to announce today that they have become an official partner of Sheffield Wednesday’s North American Academy. The partnership with Sheffield Wednesday North American Academy through Global Image Sports will createanother avenue and dimension in the clubs pyramid of player development for talented players at Chesterfield United.Sheffield Wednesday FC - situated in the north of England with over 145 years of history (formed in 1867) and therefore one of the oldest football club's in the world. Honors include 4 time League Champions (Premier League equivalent), three FA Cups and one League Cup.  In May 2012 promotion was secured to English Football's second tier in front of 38,000 fans! The Sheffield Wednesday Academy continues to produce players for its first team.

“Since stepping into my new role as Academy manager at SWFC I am very excited to hear about the relationship we have in place with Global Image Sports to help us develop strong relationships with partner clubs across North America.  I look forward to working closely with our partners to maximize the benefits for both parties as this is a project that SWFC and myself are determined to make a long term success". Commented Sheffield Wednesday’s Academy Manager Dean Ramsdale

Chesterfield United’s partnership with the Owls' academy will allow coaches and players the opportunity to work with the academy coaches of Sheffield Wednesday in both North America and the UK, offering an insight into the player development program of the Owls' youth set-up.

“We are very excited about beginning this partnership with such a prestigious and historic club like Sheffield Wednesday. A major factor in partnering with Sheffield Wednesday was the eagerness of their Academy Director to use these partnerships in the United States as grounds for identifying players for Sheffield Wednesday. This in my mind has set a new challenge for our players at the club to aim beyond college soccer and into the professional game at the highest level” commented Matt Lacey, CUFC’s Director of Player Development.

Another vital part of the partnership is that Sheffield Wednesday North American Academy will be hosting a series of Elite Player ID Events with its partner clubs during 2012-13, culminating in the SWFC National Camp where players will have the opportunity to showcase their abilities in front of the Sheffield Wednesday Academy staff.

"Being a PUMA Club, Sheffield Wednesday definitely appealed to us when we were looking for a partner.  They have similar goals with their youth, a great structure, and we hope to work closely with them in the future.  Being one of the first clubs to sign with them has granted us even more access, and Matt and I look forward to meeting with them when we take 6 of our players over to England in April." Commented Pat McStay, CUFC’s Technical Director.

More Information regarding the SWFC North American Academy will be released Monday.

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About Sheffield Wednesday FC : situated in the north of England with over 145 years of history (formed in 1867) and therefore one of the oldest football club's in the world. Honors include 4 time League Champions (Premier League equivalent), three FA Cups and one League Cup.  In May 2012 promotion was secured to English Football's second tier in front of 38,000 fans! The Sheffield Wednesday Academy continues to produce players for its first team. For more Information go to www.swfc.co.uk

About Chesterfield United FC: Chesterfield United is a youth soccer club that caters to around 2000 players in central Virginia. The club has 37 travel teams - 26 Boys teams and 11 Girls (450 players), plus 10 United Development Teams (70 players), and 60 recreation teams (800 per season). The club caters to players between the ages 4-18. Chesterfield United programs start at the beginner’s levels in the recreational program, progressing all the way United Development Program. At the highest level of play Chesterfield United’s Academy teams play in the prestigious Atlantic Soccer League, which provides some of the best competition on the east coast.

About Global Image Sports: Global Image Sports is a sports management company that provides opportunities and experiences via the formation of strategic partnerships in the sports industry. It prides itself on a professional approach to its business activities and strives to be the market leader in its field while offering its customers unrivalled service and satisfaction. For more information go to www.globalimagesports.com