Are you as secure a goalie as Manuel Neuer? As reliable a defensive player as Phillip Lahm or as efficient as Thomas Müller as a striker?
Waldsee, Concordia Language Villages’ German Language Village in Bemidji, Minn., will host the FC Bayern München soccer challenge on Wednesday, August 14 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. The event is free and open to youth ages 12-16. Participants will have a unique opportunity to put their Fussball (soccer) skills to the test, all while learning German language and culture. A complimentary German lunch will be served following the program. Same-day, on-site registration will be available.
Participants are asked to arrive by 9:30 a.m. to register. Soccer coaches from Germany will be on hand to run position-specific drills selected by German professional soccer club Bayern München players. Participants who pass these individualized tests receive certificates featuring the specific player; winners receive a Bayern München jersey. Bayern München is one of the most successful clubs in soccer history, and 2013 European Cup champions.
Waldsee in Bemidji, Minn., is one of six U.S. locations selected as a pilot site for the program in 2013. In collaboration with FC Bayern München, the German Embassy to the U.S. and Auf Balhöhe, an NGO German youth soccer organization, Concordia Language Villages is also sponsoring pilot camps in Portland, Colorado Springs, Colo., Chicago and Mount Prospect, Ill. and Ellenville, N.Y
Dan Karl Hamilton, dean of Waldsee, anticipates a successful pilot program that will provide the opportunity for Waldsee to join as a U.S. partner for Bayern München’s worldwide kids’ soccer program. Each May and June, the program brings talented youth from around the world to Munich to meet and train with the team.
“This year’s participants will have a chance to develop their skills, and possibly have a ‘leg up’ on the 2014 program,” Hamilton says.
Read more about the 2013 German Soccer Adventure programs on the German Embassy website.
Registration is still open for August sessions at Waldsee. Visit ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org for more information or to register.