The players and coaches at Christchurch United FC are in for a special treat when they will host FC Barcelona youth coach Oscar Jorquera and physical performance expert Mark Onderwater in the coming fortnight.

Their visit is a result of recent stopover by Barcelona-based TOVO Academy Director Todd Beane in Christchurch where spent a week working with Christchurch United FC staff and other local coaches.

Jorquera and Onderwater both provide their services to the TOVO Academy and Beane suggested that the coaching staff and players at Christchurch United FC would find their expertise invaluable.

“We are excited to extend our relationship with Christchurch United,” says Beane.

“There is great potential in Christchurch as the sport continues to grow and we are pleased to be part of the development process,” says Beane who has worked on youth development at FC Barcelona as well as Ajax Amsterdam under Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.

Oscar Jorquera is considered one of the best coaches in Spain for the younger age-group players and he currently manages the U10 squad at FC Barcelona. Under Jorquera’s tutelage, that Barcelona team has dominated the Spanish scene in their age-group.

Jorquera has extensive experience as a first team coach with several lower-league clubs in Spain, and is the currently the lead coach at the TOVO Academy along with Todd Beane.

Mark Onderwater is a human movement scientist with extensive expertise in screening, testing and training professional youth soccer players. He has experience working with elite academies at Dutch Eredivisie clubs Ajax Amsterdam, Ado Den Haag and Feyenoord.

At the TOVO Academy, Onderwater is dedicated to improving the players’ overall physical performance, providing critical secrets to what it takes to succeed at the highest level of football.

Only 32 players for each time slot will be able to benefit from their expertise on a 1 hour training session where both coaches will be on the field complementing each other.

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