WorldStrides Sports, the nation’s largest and most trusted provider of educational sports travel and experiences, announced it is partnering with Sporting Kansas City Youth Soccer to deliver international soccer tours throughout their organization.
Sporting KC Youth Soccer is committed to inspiring and uniting communities through the sport of soccer by providing personalized experiences with the club in Kansas City and across the Midwest. Sporting KC Youth Soccer delivers on its commitment through a combination of six components that support the overall purpose and mission: Sporting Club Network, Academy Affiliates, Camps & Programs, Tournaments, Leagues, and Sporting Fields + Athletics.
Founded in 2011, Sporting KC Academy Affiliate network connects nearly 25,000 youth players from 15 soccer clubs located across seven Midwest states. The affiliation offers the clubs a pro player development pathway, coaching education programs, club experiences and events, and unparalleled access to the professional club.
Teams taking part in the international trips to several locations in Europe can expect to play high level sides while visiting professional stadiums and fixtures. The players, ages 11 to 19, will also tour the nearby cities and learn from WorldStrides’ expert guides.
“We are proud to announce our partnership with WorldStrides,” said Dan Popik, Vice President of Youth Sports Properties at Sporting Kansas City. “We’re excited to offer international travel experiences to all players across our 15 Sporting KC Academy Affiliate clubs. WorldStrides has a history of providing exceptional trips across the globe which will make these trips once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for our players.”
“WorldStrides Sports is absolutely thrilled to offer Sporting Kansas City Youth Soccer and their affiliates the opportunity to travel abroad in 2024 and beyond,” said Eric McAleer, Senior Vice President of WorldStrides Sports Programs.
“WorldStrides Sports is a longtime believer in the value international travel has on the development of players both on and off the field, and this opportunity to develop programs for so many different types of athletes is an incredible opportunity to expand our mission.”