Santa Barbara, CA, November 12, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- EduKick, a leader in academic year international soccer schools and language immersion soccer camps, introduces Travel Sport Camp (TSC) for other student athletes.
Non-soccer-playing students now also have the opportunity to study abroad through these international sports boarding schools, combining language immersion and academic study with daily training in tennis, basketball, volleyball, handball, cricket, cycling or even table tennis.
"We found that EduKick really filled a need with our yearlong international soccer boarding schools," said Joey Bilotta, vice president and co-founder of Travel Sport Camp. "We wanted to expand that to include other sports as well, and give non-soccer-playing student athletes the unique opportunity to travel abroad, learning a new language and culture while training daily in their favorite sport."
Bilotta and his business partner, Joe Coito, saw the need for international sports boarding schools beyond soccer. Travel Sport Camp was created to fill that niche.
Travel Sport Camp caters to student athletes between the ages of 11 and 23. Academic year sports boarding school options include tennis, basketball, volleyball, cycling, handball, and table and paddle tennis. Boarding schools are available in Mexico, Italy, England, Spain, and France. Travel Sport Camp plans for new venues in Switzerland and Canada beginning in 2010.
Students with Travel Sport Camp can look forward to the same quality language immersion opportunities that EduKick players receive. Travel Sport Camp also uses the same established directors and city venues as EduKick sports boarding schools.
"The partnerships that we've formed through EduKick have been immensely helpful in establishing these sports boarding schools," said Bilotta. "It makes it much easier to maintain the same level of quality in both sports training and language immersion."
It's not just sports training and a new language that student athletes have to look forward to. Students will be entirely immersed in the culture of the country they choose. The international sport boarding schools and camps, associated language classes or academic study, and cultural excursions foster “intercultural competence” (IC) for both high school and university student athletes.
"Empowering our children to broaden their perspective is crucial in our shrinking world," said Joe Coito, president and co-founder of Travel Sport Camp. "With the increasing trend toward globalization, our programs emphasize intercultural competence, the ability to understand and communicate clearly with other cultures. This is a vital aspect of the Travel Sport Camp international academy experience for our young participants.
"Students will interact with peers from all over the world on a daily basis. This international travel experience builds a level of intercultural competence that youth can only achieve by traveling outside their home country."
The academic year international sports boarding schools start in September 2009 and run to June 2010. Register to reserve your place today at http://www.travelsportcamp.com.
About Travel Sport Camp
Travel Sport Camp was founded in 2007 by Joey Bilotta and Joe Coito after the success of EduKick and its international soccer boarding schools. Bilotta and Coito are long-time business associates and good friends from Santa Barbara, California. Their goal: To bring the proven structure and excellence of EduKick to a variety of other sports. Today, Travel Sport Camp programs provide professional sports training combined with quality academic study , foreign language instruction and chaperoned cultural excursions in order to maximize a young player’s experience abroad.