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North Shore United and Swansea City

Swans Sign Up NSU as First USA Youth Partner

The four-year agreement with the Wisconsin-based outfit firms up an informal pact between the clubs that dates back to 2010.

The arrangement will see the Swans provide NSU with its training curriculum and send academy coaches to America to train players and coaches.

The Swans’ training facilities will be made available to NSU teams for visits to Swansea, while all their teams from under-9 to under-19 will wear Swansea City kit in matches throughout the Midwest.

Patrick Collins, Swansea City’s head of international business development, said: “The partnership with North Shore United Soccer Club is an important step for us as we look to grow Swansea City’s global fanbase, while also promoting our coaching philosophy.

“We are excited to work with the North Shore United coaches and most importantly all the young players in helping the club achieve its goals.”

Joe Hammes, NSU’s director of coaching, added: “We are thrilled to formalise our partnership with Swansea City as it offers our membership unparalleled access to a club with an amazing story that plays in the most competitive league in the world.

“Our coaches are excited to continue being trained by the Swansea staff in the Swansea philosophy through sharing of curriculums, coaching education sessions and a mentorship programme.

“The unique mentorship programme allows our North Shore United coaches the ability to go to Swansea City and shadow their coaching staff as they train the next generation of youth and professional players.

“There is no doubt that much of our recent success as a club is closely tied to our relationship with Swansea City, as our staff has access to advanced training methodology that we implement to motivate and push our players to higher levels of play.”

Summer camps with Swansea coaches have been a fixture at NSU’s Cedarburg base for many years, and back in 2014 the manager and first-team players stopped by the Port Washington State Bank complex during the club’s pre-season tour of America.

NSU teams have also visited Swansea every other year to train, play matches and see the first team play at the Liberty Stadium.

North Shore United and Swansea City of the English Premier League have a partnership that helps NSU players and coaches benefit from an association with the top soccer league in the world.

Swansea City has shown great hospitality to our players during visits during spring breaks, including 2014, and July 16-17, 2014 was our opportunity to return the favor, as the Swans came to Milwaukee as part of their U.S. tour. Following the Wednesday night contest with Chivas Guadalajara in front of 31,000 fans at Miller Park, Swans Manager Garry Monk brought assistants and four first-team players — Leon Britton, Angel Rangel, Ben Davies and Jay Fulton — to Port Washington State Bank Park for a visit on Thursday.

Monk and the players answered some questions from the players attending the Swansea ID Camps, some more pointed than others (We learned that the players don’t use themselves when playing FIFA video games, and that Ben Davies is not expecting a transfer to Liverpool).

The Swans posed for photos and did a few kick-arounds with the kids before departing. They lost 2-0 to Minnesota United in another exhibition on Saturday night. See some of the photos and videos that came from their visit to Milwaukee and NSU.