Valeo international academy announces partnership with Rio Maior sports university

Rio Maior – Portugal

Valeo Futbol Club Inc. – the international soccer training organization providing opportunities and access to young student-athletes – is proud to announce its partnership with Rio Maior Sports Science University (​​Escola Superior de Desporto de Rio Maior – ESDRM), a Portuguese higher education organization integrated in the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (Instituto Politécnico de Santarém – IPS), located in Rio Maior, Portugal.  

The Partnership involves ESDRM, developing academic curricula for all Valeo International training programs, including a short term vacation program, semester abroad, high school gap year and college programs.  It allows for VIA players to pursue their European footballing ambitions while maintaining success in the classroom.

Focused on Sport Sciences, training and research, the school offers 6 bachelors, 4 masters and postgraduate/short duration programs on sports coaching, fitness & health, outdoor activities, sports tourism, sports psychology, sports management, to name a few. Additionally, the school has a Sports Research Centre (LID) including the areas of physiology, biomechanics, motor control, sport management, sport psychology and sport pedagogy.

“This is a great partnership that furthers Valeo’s mission of providing opportunities for success and access to a first-class academic environment,” said Valeo FC president and founder, Emelio Williams. “The curriculum will allow for players to pursue their European footballing ambitions while continuing their education and earning a college degree.”

About Valeo Futbol Club Inc.

Valeo Futbol Club Inc. is a global soccer training organization that provides opportunities and access for young student-athletes, regardless of their socio-economic status and geography. Valeo FC trains thousands of athletes throughout North America, the Caribbean, and Europe each year, including extensive outreach and inclusion of inner-city youth. They provide a challenging and rewarding environment that teaches the virtues of teamwork, discipline, hard work, commitment, respect, and leadership.

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