Discover Lehigh Valley® welcomes the prominent soccer institution to the area and anticipates athlete development to soar.
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., February 21, 2022 – Paris Saint-Germain, one of the most iconic and respected European soccer clubs in the world, today announced it has selected Lehigh Valley for its Pennsylvania Academy headquarters. Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pennsylvania will help train youth athletes from the area and around the U.S. using its world-renowned training program and European methodology, recognized for its proven ability to identify, prepare and develop players with what it takes to succeed in competitive soccer at an intermediate level.
“This is an outstanding academic and athletic development opportunity for families in Lehigh Valley and for those considering moving or sending their children here to learn and play,” said Alex Michaels, President and CEO of Discover Lehigh Valley. “Lehigh Valley is well known for having world-class education with its private schools and universities and is continually growing its sports offering with our many training facilities, tournaments and competitive sports teams. We’re excited to welcome Paris Saint-Germain Academy and its incredibly valuable program to the area.”
The educational philosophy of Paris Saint-Germain Academy is to build smart, physically prepared and mentally strong players capable of succeeding both on and off the field. It will begin operations in June 2022 with try outs for select competitive teams, summer camps, private training, specialty clinics and its academic school year starting September 2022. The academy will also give students and players the opportunity to play in Europe.
Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pennsylvania will form its core team in the area and plans to use its Lehigh Valley headquarters as the center to manage its future programs and locations across Eastern Pennsylvania. The academy expansion into Pennsylvania comes as no surprise as Eastern Pennsylvania is known for cultivating some of the best soccer talent in the United States.
The academy is looking to work hand in hand with local clubs, schools and organizations to bring better opportunities to local players. Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pennsylvania will also work with local government, companies and individuals to bring an unparalleled network of services to its students and families. More information on Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pennsylvania can be found on their website: www.psgacademypenn.com and on social media @psgacademypenn.
About Discover Lehigh Valley
Established in 1984, Discover Lehigh Valley® makes Lehigh and Northampton counties a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the region.
Discover Lehigh Valley’s official visitor website, DiscoverLehighValley.com, keeps locals and visitors abreast of all things happening in the region. Visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, brochures and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Discover Lehigh Valley’s social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into one of the many visitor centers for additional information.
About Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Set amid gentle hills and charming country sides, Lehigh Valley, Pa. is home to Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, as well as dozens of small towns and picturesque boroughs.
The region is steeped in pre-Colonial, Early American and industrial history. Lehigh Valley has an impressive range of tourist attractions including nationally-recognized events like Musikfest®, wineries and breweries, the Lehigh Valley Zoo, outdoor activities, world-class sporting events, 10 colleges and universities, and is home to America’s favorite brands such as Crayola®, PEEPS®, Mike & Ike®, Martin Guitars, and Mack Trucks. The region offers a diverse array of memorable things to do and plenty of dining options to fit every budget and taste.
And, it’s easy to get to and around. Lehigh Valley is located approximately 60 minutes north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City by car.