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Soccer Icon David Villa to Announce He Will Mentor Students at Two Queens College Soccer Camps This Summer

PRESS CONFERENCE & PHOTO OP                                              
Wednesday, April 13, 5 pm             

David Villa, World Cup champion, top goal scorer for the Spanish National Soccer Team, and captain and first-ever player for the New York City Football Club (NYCFC), will announce his participation in two Queens College soccer camps that begin July 25 and August 1.

The camps, which will teach the Spanish soccer methods used in Villa’s DV7 Soccer Academy, will be directed by professional soccer coach Josep Gombau Balaguer, former director of the Football Club Barcelona Escola. Villa will participate in a training session with each group of
children, ages 8 to 16, observing their play and providing feedback.
David Villa, president, DV7 Academy and captain, NYCFC
Josep Gombau Balaguer, director, DV7 Academy
Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, president, Queens College
Francisco Moya, New York State Assembly Member, District 39
Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, Queens
Rosenthal Library Auditorium, Room 230 (second floor)
BACKGROUND: This year David Villa began to develop a series of youth academies to promote the culture and development of soccer in America; the first DV7 Soccer Academy opened last January in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. (DV7 is a combination of David Villa’s initials and his jersey number.) Find more information at Says Villa of his partnership with Queens College, which was facilitated by Assembly Member Moya, “In this camp I want to teach the children the concepts and the values that I have learned throughout my soccer career. It is an unparalleled and special opportunity to be able to begin this project in such a diverse and soccer-passionate community as Queens.”
The Queens College summer camp serves children ages 5 to 16 throughout Queens, Nassau, Brooklyn, and Manhattan on its 80-acre campus. It offers enrichment education classes taught by New York State-certified teachers, with additional assistance for English-language learners. Sports programs include soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, softball, volleyball, and fencing. The summer camp also offers theatre arts, a dance academy, and a Counselor-in-Training program. Find more information at    


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