Inter Academy, Seattle: Born in Inter, USA

WHIDBEY ISLAND, SEATTLE Once upon a time they said that America was a long way away, whereas it never really has been, and in these mid-August days in Italy, with the team on vacation (until tomorrow afternoon at Appiano Gentile) and the transfer market ticking away, photos are coming in from the United States of what Inter can and is doing there, as we spread the word of our much loved sport throughout the world.

Whidbey Island is 30 miles north of Seattle, King County, home of Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, Pearl Jam and great rock music; but it is also home to Bill Gates, literature and the Boeing industry. Yesterday the first week of the camp Inter set up and ran along with Crossfire ended. Seven days with around 300 participants – boys and girls aged 8-18 – under the supervision of the Nerazzurri technical team (made up of director Marco Monti, Andrea Ratti and Fabio Massimo) and with perfect organisation by 15 members of the Crossfire staff, coordinated by the director of coaching, Bernie James, and by the technical director, Peter Hattrup.

Next week it will be repeated (the camp closes on 19 August) and this will be the third training session in the first year of this collaboration between Inter and Crossfire. This collaboration has generated great interest in the basics of soccer which is being promoted throughout the world by the Nerazzurri Youth Sector based in the Centro Sportivo Giacinto Facchetti in Milan. The models for preparation and behaviour have been appreciated for their quality, approach and suitability for the modern game. Over the next months Inter Academy U.S.A will be announcing new developments involving coaches at the biggest clubs on the West Coast.

The photos from Whidbey Island – which are exclusive to and may be seen in the photo section of the site – say more than words can to describe professional qualities and passion, mingled together with nature and the joy of growing up through soccer. All under a sky of blue and black stars.

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