Cervello Technologies, a service disabled veteran owned small business, has partnered with a local company to support its soccer camps, training programs, and international tours for recreational and competitive players.
GFL Soccer Enterprises provides soccer training and unique soccer experiences and opportunities to all levels of players.
Cervello’s support of GFL will not only help defray costs for local players and accompanying family members who could not normally afford to go on one of the twice-yearly Germany trips – Duisburg in the summer, and Munich in the winter – but at home with day-to-day costs related to equipment, field maintenance, education and more.
“It’s great to have Cervello’s support,” said Eddie Loewen, chief executive officer of GFL Soccer Enterprises, which is based in St. Petersburg, FL, and founded in 2012.
A former professional soccer player in Germany, Loewen and Cervello Chief Operating Officer John Mahan noted that both companies have business operations in Germany as well as here in the United States, where many of the ID camps for players who want to play at the collegiate and/or professional levels, are held.
“Soccer isn’t just a physical sport. Boys and girls build teamwork and leadership skills they will use for the rest of their lives,” said Mahan, an Army veteran.
“In developing these athletes socially and mentally, we are creating good citizens in the communities where we all live, work and play.”
Those selected for the Germany trips are either planning to pursue a career in professional soccer, or play on college teams, Loewen says.
Athletes in these camps represent a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, and come from soccer clubs, youth groups, community organizations, and schools.
Many of the players are watched by Bundesliga scouts during these games, Loewen says: “That’s part of our intentions, to expose talented players to these professional teams.”
But it all kicks off with teaching the fundamentals of soccer to young players at local GFL soccer camps, which are open to girls and boys ages 7 to 18.