I Barcelona Football Tryout
The Barcelona Football Tryout 1st edition was an event organized to explore young football talents from all over the world. It was held from May 29 to June 2, 2018 in Olot.
This first edition was very successful. 22 participants from 8 different countries attended to the Tryout: United States, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Kenya, Egypt, Gambia and Spain. The participants were accommodated at the Hotel La Perla, in the center of the city, and every day they went to the UE Olot training facilities (team from third Spanish Division), to carry out the respective sessions.
During the 5 days, clubs and football agents from the area went to observe the conditions and football skills of the players. Renowned coaches such as the former Real Madrid player, Espanyol, Logroñés, among others, Eduardo Vilchez or other young local coaches such as Jordi Arau, Ferran Joanmiquel or Joel Olivet, were in charge of planning and directing the daily training sessions. In addition, a company specializing in performing performance tests (Bewolfish), was present performing a session of functional neuromuscular assessments. On the last day, a friendly match was played against the EU Olot youth team.
Some of the participants in this first edition have had the opportunity to achieve the dream of their lives, and have now left their countries to play in Spanish teams. Others, who were already playing here, have been able to sign for teams of higher category.