Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania — September 21, 2018 — WorldStrides Excel, the nation’s largest and most trusted sports travel provider, announced a continued partnership with Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA). For the past 10 years, WorldStrides Excel has delivered international soccer tours for EPYSA’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) players and member organizations. The partnership will continue through 2021.
EPYSA promotes, fosters and perpetuates the game of soccer for today’s youth. They are also advocates for the mental, physical and emotional growth of youth through the sport.
“We are very excited to sign a new three-year agreement with WorldStrides Excel Sports, said Chris Branscome, Chief Executive Officer “Over the last 10 years, this partnership has built one of the finest international travel traditions in the nation. We look forward to many more years of travel for our Eastern Pennsylvania ODP players.”
“As the Director of Soccer Development and Performance, I’ve witnessed firsthand the benefits of international travel for our players,” said Gary Stephenson. “The opportunities EPYSA offers through WorldStrides Excel have been invaluable in developing our players and exposing them to very different cultures and soccer experiences. The upcoming year will offer new travel opportunities for EPYSA ODP players, sending teams to Spain and the United Kingdom. Players taking part in international tours can expect to play top quality academy sides while visiting professional stadiums and fixtures.”
“I am thrilled to extend this partnership with Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association” said Eric McAleer, Vice President of WorldStrides Excel Programs. “Over the past 10 years, Excel has had the privilege of working closely with EPYSA and their staff toward creating one of the nation’s premier ODP travel programs. The new agreement not only continues our commitment toward providing international travel opportunities for players but offers new and exciting coaching education tours for EPYSA’s membership”.
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.