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August 7, 2012
Roma partners with GPS for Inner City Initiative

AS Roma appears to be taking a unique approach to penetrating the US market. In conjunction with their partnership with Global Premier Soccer, they have made a commitment to supporting player development in the local community via the MPS Inner City Initiative.

The goal of the Inner City Initiative is to provide premier level soccer coaching to at-risk, under-served communities. The Initiative in Massachusetts was launched in Brockton and Lowell in the Spring of 2009 and has since grown to Boston and Worcester. The immediate donation of $10,000 from Roma will now allow the program to expand significantly including an exciting project in Everett, Massachusetts.

With Roma’s support, GPS will provide a dedicated Director of Coaching to Everett Soccer Club who will work with the Everett Soccer Club Board to offer new programming and establish an AS Roma Academy in Everett.

“Giving back to the youth soccer community continues to be one of AS Roma’s highest priorities,” said AS Roma CEO Mark Pannes. “As an internationally recognized club with American ownership, AS Roma is in a unique position to aid in thedevelopment of youth players both in Europe and the United States and our partnership with Global Premier Soccer is something our organization is extremely proud of.”

Roma intend to follow suit in other GPSstates. GPS currently operate youth soccer programs in eight states (Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont).

All existing and future GPS Inner City initiatives will be co-branded with Roma.

“The agreement with AS Roma presents a tremendous opportunity for GPS players to touch a leading European soccer club,” said GPS CEO Joe Bradley. “We hope to make this a ground breaking venture that goes beyond what European clubs have done in the past in the US market. With the commitment to the inner city program, the ability to offer Roma Academies for the very best players at no cost and the technical support provided, we believe we have something special.”

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