Thirty-two players from top adidas youth clubs nationwide were selected to train and compete in Lyon, France this past week as part of the generation adidas international Olympique Lyonnais Select Program.
Penn Legacy's very own Nicte Aco was one of the players selected to be part of this exclusive training opportunity. Follow along to see what experiences occurred in Days 1 through 4 of the trip.
Accompanying these elite players were invited head coach Adrian Solca (Solar SC), and supporting coaches Trip Ellis (FC Richmond) and Lindsay Smith (Montana Rush SC). Each coach was hand chosen from renowned adidas clubs nationwide to lead the team on their trip to Lyon, France.
DAY 1 - Sunday, August 13, 2017
The plane touched down this afternoon and the team took their first steps in the beautiful city of Lyon, France. They transferred back to their hotel where they were given time to rest up from a long day of traveling and bond with their new teammates at the hotel. The girls went for dinner at a local restaurant next to the hotel and then it was straight back to the hotel to rest up for the tough week that lays ahead.
DAY 2 - Monday, August 14, 2017
Today, the teams had an early start as they made their way for the first time to the Olympique Lyonnais Training Center. They were received by none other than Gilles Salou, the Director of the Women’s Soccer Academy. After the inaugural meeting with Salou, the girls laced up their boots and headed to the pitch for the first of two training sessions that day. The first session was very technical, working mainly on skill-based exercises. Salou and the U-19 women’s head coach both participated in the training session. In between trainings, the girls were able to grab a bite to eat at the Academy’s cafeteria. The teams were also given a guided tour of the facilities to see where the current European champions train.
The Lyon #adidasSelect17 proudly decked out in their Select uniforms and ready to rock´n roll at their first training session at the Olympique Lyonnais Academy.
The Lyon #adidasSelect17 will be coached and taken care of by the awesome Olympique Lyonnais team who enthusiastically welcomed the girls to the training complex.
The Lyon #adidasSelect17 get familiar with the new home for this week at the Olympique Lyonnais Academy.
DAY 3 - Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The team started their day with a healthy breakfast in order to prepare themselves for the exciting day ahead of them. It was another day of double sessions, but with an added factor of excitement - Olympique Lyonnais players were incorporated into the training. Girls from the Olympique Lyonnais Academy participated in the day’s sessions, cranking up the level of play and intensity another notch.
After the day’s rigorous training, the girls traveled back to the hotel to rest up in anticipation of more double days and important matches later this week.
DAY 4 - Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Today was a busy day for the team, as usual, beginning with their visit to Groupama Arena, the home stadium to the Olympique Lyonnais first team. It was a relatively light soccer day, though, with only one training session with their Olympique Lyonnais Academy coaches. Taking advantage of some free time, the girls headed to the city of Lyon for the first time to do a little bit of tourism. The girls were excited to finally get to experience the beauty of the French city they call home this week.
After some sightseeing, the team then ate dinner at a restaurant near their hotel before turning in for the night. They will need their rest ahead of the program’s first competitive match tomorrow against an Olympique Lyonnais Academy team.
About generation adidas Select: Each year the top adidas youth soccer clubs nationwide have the exclusive opportunity to nominate players and coaches to participate in the generation adidas Select programs. 96 talented players have been invited to train this August at Real Madrid Foundation, A.F.C. Ajax, and Olympique Lyonnais - three of the world’s most powerful soccer clubs.
About generation adidas international: As part of the expanded generation adidas grassroots platform, generation adidas international emphasizes adidas’ role as the premier provider of elite developmental opportunities to U.S. clubs. With generation adidas international’s incomparable access to the world’s top academies and tournaments, adidas clubs have the opportunity to train and play at the sport’s most renowned institutions. With generation adidas international, the world of adidas soccer opens its doors. Where will you play?