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Jun, 2020

Keegan Colquhoun CT Rush trains with FC Barcelona

In July 2019, Keegan Colquhoun, age 10, from Essex CT, attended a Barcelona soccer camp in Boston with one goal in mind; to be selected to train at the Football Club Barcelona (FCB) headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.
Keegan began playing soccer when he was able to kick a ball. In Kindergarten he played in the local Park and Rec league. In first grade, he joined a local Premiere team. Since 2017 he has played with Connecticut Rush. Rush Soccer is an international sports organization focused on the development of soccer players that has teams in every state.

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On July 24th, one week after camp ended, Keegan received an email from Barca Academy US:

“Congratulations Keegan. You, and a selection of other privileged players, will have the   opportunity to come to Barcelona, train at the exclusive FC Barcelona Head-quarters, and engage in a full agenda of unique and valuable soccer and cultural activities.”
The players were selected by two criteria: skill level and FC Barcelona Values: Humility, Effort, Ambition, Respect, and Teamwork.
The FC Barcelona Camp experience is designed for soccer players “to learn the methodologies of the unique Barca style. FCB coaches from Spain will conduct the training sessions and teach the techniques of one of the most successful soccer academies in the world”.
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FCB was founded in 1899 in Barcelona, Spain. It has a rich history of winning. The team has won 74 domestic trophies and 20 international and European trophies. Barcelona is one of the most widely supported teams in the world, and the club has one of the largest social media followings in the world amongst sports teams.
Some of the greatest players in the game of soccer have played for Barcelona. Barcelona players have won a record number of Ballon d’Or (the Golden Ball) awards (12), with recipients including Johan Cryuff (3-time winner) and Lionel Messi who has won the award 6 times in his career. The Ballon d’Or is given annually to the best male soccer player in the world.

FCB’s home stadium Camp Nou, is one of the biggest sports stadiums in the world holding just under 100,000 people. The club’s motto, “Mes que un club” (More Than a Club) has become a symbol of Catalan and Barcelona culture. FCB’s rich history has drawn countless young soccer players to adore its team.
Over 8,000 boys and girls from 43 cities all over the United States attended the FCB camps this past summer (2019).

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Although the trip was cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic., Keegan’s trip was amazing! He was able to train at La Masia where Messi and the rest of FC Barcelona team train. Keegan saw Messi score a penalty kick at Camp Nou and he made some lifelong friends. He is trying to concentrate on what he did rather than what he didn’t. I guess he will need to go back.

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