FC Barcelona, one of the largest professional sports franchises in the world, is opening a full-time youth soccer academy in Nashville, in partnership with Father Ryan. The Nashville Barca Academy will open officially in mid-August, with open tryouts beginning May 20 at Father Ryan.
The Academy will be open to all interested boys and girls who will be in the U8 to U18 division this fall. Tryouts for the U8-U12 divisions will be held at Father Ryan on May 20-24 from 6:00-9:00pm, with later tryouts for the older players to be held at Harding Academy.
Two information sessions for all who are interested in trying out or simply looking to learn more about this exciting development will be held on Thursday, May 16 in the Dining Hall on the Father Ryan Campus(view map for location and parking). The first session is at 6:00pm and the second takes place at 7:30pm.
This is exciting news for not only Father Ryan but for the city of the Nashville. Between the continued success of the NHL's Predators, the strength of the NFL's Titans, and the city's recent hosting of the NFL Draft, Nashville is quickly establishing itself as a global sports town. FC Barcelona's involvement in our community comes ahead of the anticipated arrival of an MLS franchise to Nashville.
"Father Ryan is proud to partner with FC Barcelona in this joint venture," said President Jim McIntyre. "We believe that their mission and values are aligned with those of our institution and our long and successful soccer tradition, one that spans almost fifty years, includes nine state titles and has been led for four decades by a TSSAA Hall of Fame coach - Robin Dieterich '73. We are excited to have them on our campus as they join this great sports community in Nashville."
"When we hosted our very first camp in Nashville over three years ago, it became evident that our brand and its values are truly in line with those of this community," said John Nash, CEO of Sporting Global, FC Barcelona's official partner for youth camps and Academies around the country. "We could not be more excited to finally be able to bring this premier academy to Nashville. We believe that our partners, Father Ryan High School and Harding Academy, share in our vision for the Academy."
For more information about the Academy, the Information Sessions and the tryouts, click here.