April 7, 2010 – FC Alliance of Knoxville, TN became the 15th partner club of the West Ham United International Academy. As a West Ham United partner club, FC Alliance will be able to offer a summer Player ID Camp for boys and girls U10-U17 that is directed by a senior member of the West Ham United International Academy coaching staff. The camp will be held June 29th-July 2nd in Knoxville, TN. [West Ham United Player ID Camp-Knoxville]
We work hard at FC Alliance to give every player the best youth soccer experience anywhere. We take pride in all of our teams and now with the help of WHUIA we can make sure we are using a proven system to increase the experience.” (FC Alliance, Director of Operations - Jon Schneider)
West Ham United International Academy Partnership Development Manager, Mike Kelleher said, "we are delighted to add FC Alliance to our family of clubs, having witnessed first hand the growth of soccer in this town over the past few years I am excited about the potential of this partnership."
FC Alliance was formed in 2008 by merging Impact USA and Smoky Mountain soccer clubs from the Knoxville area. Since 2008 FC Alliance has become a top club in the state of TN with many State Championships and is also competing very well at the regional level.
Jon Schneider of FC Alliance is pictured here with Partnership Development Manager, Mike Kelleher on a recent partner club visit to West Ham United.
“This relationship is an incredible opportunity for the players and the coaches of our club. To be linked directly with an English Premier League club is incredible. This will drastically increase the development of our players and coaches. I can’t wait to see the types of players we will produce using the West Ham methods.