FC Schalke 04 announces partnership with Global Image Sports
FC Schalke 04 announced a partnership with Global Image Sports (GIS), a global soccer company that holds relationships with hundreds of youth clubs throughout North America. Schalke, which recently signed a partnership with Kick It 3v3, the nation’s largest grassroots soccer tournament, will receive access to the vast portfolio of relationships that GIS has developed since their founding in 2010.
Schalke’s famous youth academy, known as “Knappenschmiede,” is widely regarded as one of the best developmental programs in the world, with graduates such as US National team star Weston McKennie as well as a plethora of stars across Europe. With youth development being a key focus for Schalke, the GIS partnership provides a targeted platform for scouting promising talent. The partnership will also include knowledge-sharing, youth clinics run by Schalke coaches, and opportunities for US players to travel to Germany to train with Schalke’s academy coaches.
“Schalke has been on our radar for a long time, and we’re thrilled to partner with this legendary club,” said Joe Davis, Senior Partnership Development Manager at GIS. “With the trend of young Americans starting their careers in Germany, the raising popularity of the Bundesliga, and Schalke’s prestigious status in world football, we believe that Schalke is the perfect addition to our family of professional partners.”
“We’re looking forward to taking this step with Global Image Sports to expand our presence and scouting efforts in North America,” said Alexander Jobst, Member of the Managing Board for FC Schalke 04. “We’re also excited about sharing our knowledge and bringing the power and tradition of Schalke to youth soccer clubs across the continent.”
For nine years, GIS has provided unique experiences to thousands of players across North America. GIS’s portfolio of professional clubs includes Atlético de Madrid, West Ham United FC, FC Porto and RCD Espanyol.