St. Luke’s University Health Network is partnering with a French football club to bring soccer training to the Lehigh Valley.
The Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pennsylvania will operate its academy and training out of St. Luke’s facilities, utilizing the network’s sports medicine services including sports nutrition, sports psychologists, physical therapists and athletic trainers.
The French football club has academies in 16 countries, including soccer-rich nations such as Brazil, England, Germany and France.
The organization is planning to kick things off at the academy training level this summer at St. Luke’s Union Boulevard facility in Allentown.
“Paris Saint-Germain Academy USA is excited to expand its academy network into Pennsylvania to work with a great talent pool in that area and provide each player with the best training and development opportunities,” said Ravy Truchot, president of Paris Saint-Germain Academy USA.
“The partnership of The Paris Saint-Germain Academy in Pennsylvania and St. Luke’s Health Network is very exciting to us as they share the same vision on a full growth and development of the athletes on and off the field.”
Ravy said St. Luke’s facilities will be recognized as the official facilities of Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pennsylvania.
“We are excited to have been chosen by Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pennsylvania to be their official healthcare and sports medicine provider,” said John Hauth, network director, Sports Medicine Partnerships for St. Luke’s. “This is very exciting for our network to partner with Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pennsylvania, which will provide excellence in soccer training, education and competition.”
The initial phase of Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pennsylvania will begin with indoor training at
, with plans to expand to St. Luke’s Sports Rink in Whitehall and other facilities. The emphasis will be on soccer education and training for the coaches and players.
“The leadership of Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pennsylvania understands the great talent in Eastern Pennsylvania with its history of producing many national championship youth teams. We are using the Paris Saint-Germain training methodology, designed by the technical team of the club in Paris” Truchot said. “We are not coming to Pennsylvania to take away from local clubs. We are coming to Pennsylvania to work with local talent and help them get to the next levels nationally and internationally.”