Puma Elite Program Powered by Arsenal FC

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More big news for 2017 as La Roca FC has teamed up with Arsenal FC! As part of La Roca's partnership with Puma, the year-long program will allow La Roca players and coaches to participate in several training and development programs capped off with a trip to Arsenal FC's facilities in London, England where they will train with the Arsenal FC Academy and attend an Arsenal home match. The program consists of four opportunities (further details under the videos):

  1. Arsenal Training Curriculum and Player Development
  2. PUMA Elite Trials Powered by Arsenal
  3. Arsenal Player and DOC All Star Trip
  4. The PUMA Super Group

La Roca Futbol Club Founder, Adolfo Ovalle, said, "We are thrilled and grateful to Puma in bringing us together with Arsenal FC, giving us an opportunity to develop our training methods and soccer knowledge with one of the best soccer programs in the world."

2017 Trip to Arsenal

La Roca FC travelled to London for an up close and personal visit to Arsenal FC thanks to Puma.
La Roca FC coaches: Adolfo Ovalle, Roly Hidalgo and Kelly Parke.

La Roca FC players: Zack Booth, Naime Odeh and Chandler Gunn
Coaches and players attended an EPL match between Arsenal FC v West Brom EPL.
In addition, the boys trained every day with the Arsenal FC Academy Coaches and played against the Arsenal FC Academy 04 team.
What an amazing opportunity for our coaches and players. Vamos La Roca!

Many thanks to Puma and Arsenal FC!

Puma Partnership powered by Arsenal


Arsenal Training Curriculum and Player Development

  • Year-long Arsenal training curriculum dictated by AFC Academy director that is designed to focus on player development.
  • Adolfo Ovalle, La Roca DOC, will conduct weekly training sessions using the Arsenal way and under the direction of AFC.
  • The PUMA/Arsenal Training Coordinator will visit La Roca FC monthly to monitor progress and reinforce skills and techniques for players and coaches.

PUMA Elite Trials Powered by Arsenal

  • Top talent from La Roca, as well as from across the country, are identified to participate in an invite-only event hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
  • Players have the opportunity to be trained, evaluated and scouted by Arsenal FC Academy coaches in a unique and exclusive multi-day event.
  • Top talent identified at the PUMA Elite Trial will be invited to an All Star Trip hosted in England at the AFC Academy.

Arsenal Player and DOC All Star Trip

  • Top talent identified from the PUMA Elite Player Trials in addition to top players from La Roca FC.
  • PUMA Elite clubs, including La Roca FC, are invited to attend the annual All Star Trip to London.
  • The week-long trip, paid for by PUMA, allows players and coaches a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train and play with Arsenal Academy coaches and players.
  • Players and coaches receive behind the scenes access to the Arsenal first-team training grounds, Emirates Stadium, and have the opportunity to watch a first team match.

The PUMA Super Group

  • Partner clubs will receive an invitation to play in the PUMA Super Group hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, where they can win the opportunity to play against international competition such as Arsenal or BVB.
  • In addition to the highest level of competition, players and coaches have the ability to partake in clinics and social events to interact with international coaches and players.