From left to right: Mateen Nickpour, Youmy Telmaque, Mathew Goncalves
This Summer, Valeo Futbol Academy will send 3 players to train at the famed Clairefontaine, Le Centre Technique National Fernand Sastre, home of the French National Team. One of twelve élite academies located in and aroundFrance that are supervised by the French Football Federation (FFF), only the best and brightest players from the Île-de-France région train at the Clairefontaine.
The Valeo Players were selected by the coaching staff in recognition of their outstanding achievements and performance on and off the field this past year. They will get a chance to measure themselves against their french counterparts under tutulage of the Clairefontaine Academy coaches.
The selected players are:
Mateen Nickpour, Valeo Barcelona (u11), Finalist at the US Futsal National Championship, Volkswagen cup semifinalist, and undefeated season in MAPLE U12
Youmy Telmaque, Valeo U13, undefeated season in MAPLE D1 and State Cup Semifinalist;
Mathew Goncalves, Valeo U12, Massachusetts Open Cup finalist, Stars Cup Champions, Needham and NEFC Tournament Finalist and undefeated Fall Maple League
This special opportunity is possible thanks to the Valeo Leadership Fund whose mission is to provide extraordinary opportunities for Valeo FC players, increase access to and raise the level of soccer in Massachusetts. Our goal is to select 15 - 20 Valeo players each year to attend highly respected soccer academies around the world to further their development and enrich their lives.
About Valeo Futbol Club:
Valeo Futbol Club is a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit sports education and training organization focused on developing competitive athletes, outstanding citizens and strong leaders. The club provides a challenging and rewarding environment that teaches the virtues of Teamwork, Discipline, Hard Work, Commitment, Respect and Leadership while enriching the lives of our players, their families and their communities.
Le Centre Technique National Fernand Sastre (English: Fernand Sastre National Technical Centre), commonly referred to as INF Clairefontaine ("Institut national du football de Clairefontaine"), INF, or simply Clairefontaine, is the national football centre that specializes in training French football players. The academy is one of twelve élite academies located in and around France that are supervised by the French Football Federation (FFF). Only the best players from the Île-de-France région train at the Clairefontaine academy.
The academy is located 50 km southwest of Paris at Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines and is one of the best known football academies in the world. It has a high reputation of producing some of the most gifted French players including Nicolas Anelka, Louis Saha, William Gallas, Hatem Ben Arfa, Abou Diaby, Sebastien Bassong, Mehdi Benatia, and national team top scorer Thierry Henry.