Bethesda, Maryland — March 18, 2019 — WorldStrides Excel, the nation’s largest and most trusted sports travel provider, announced it is partnering with Bethesda Soccer Club to deliver international soccer tours for their teams, players, and member organizations. The upcoming year will offer travel opportunities for a group of Development Academy players, sending teams to Manchester, England. Teams taking part in the international trips can expect to play top academy sides while visiting professional stadiums and taking part in clinic’s with professional coaches.
“We are delighted to announce our new partnership with WorldStrides Excel,” said Lisa Frates, Executive Director, Bethesda Soccer Club. “I firmly believe that international travel can only enhance the development of our players.
“Excel is absolutely thrilled to offer international travel to Bethesda Soccer Club and provide them with the opportunity to travel abroad in 2020,” said Eric McAleer, Senior Vice President and General Manager of WorldStrides Excel Programs. “Excel is a longtime believer in player development, and the pathway for talent identification. Our hope is that 2020 is just the start of many years of travel.”
Bethesda Soccer Club teams have had a long history of success, from league play to tournaments to cups at the state, regional, and national levels. The teams compete in the Elite Championship National League, the United States Soccer Development Academy, the Elite Development Program, the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL), and the Club Champions League.
WorldStrides, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., is the largest educational student travel company in the United States. The company was founded in 1967 to provide middle school travel programs to Washington, D.C., and has grown to provide educational programs for more than 425,000 students annually. The WorldStrides Excel division is the leader in international tours for U.S. soccer teams and is a specialist in meeting the unique requirements of international team travel at the recreational, travel, ODP, and collegiate team level. For more information on WorldStrides Excel Programs, visit www.worldstrides.com/excel.
Bethesda Soccer Club started as three teams in 1979, competing as the Bethesda Boys Club. Today, we have some 40 boys’ and girls’ teams from ages U-8 through U-19 that compete in various leagues in Maryland and Region I. The club is located in Montgomery County, Maryland, just northwest of Washington, D.C. For more information on Bethesda Soccer Club, visit https://www.bethesdasoccer.org/.