Today in Warsaw a public agreement was signed for 3 years to permit the creation of the first FCB Escola on the European continent. The agreement states that 4 centres will be created in the Polish capital, Warsaw, where a total of 1,000 children will learn in accordance with the Barça methodology. The three-year deal is supported by the Polish Olympic Committee, Polish Government and the Polish Football Federation. At a promotional event attended by some 400 people, the club was represented by director general of the FCB Escola, Xevi Marcé, and former player Julio Alberto.
According to Marcé the agreement was first mooted in October when the Warsaw city council approached the club. As fcbarcelona.cat states, “FCBEscola Varsovia, through a technical director, will oversee the Barça methodology which is already applied to other schools and campuses around the world. The city of Warsaw will be providing more than 100 artificial pitches and all other facilities required for these four centres to be used by some 1,000 children aged between 6 and 14 years. There will be some 250 children in each centre.”
The Warsaw school is the first in Europe, and follows on from others in Fukuoka (Japan), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Egypt, Kuwait and Lima (Peru). Xevi Marcé underlined that “it is good for us because Poland is the European country with the most Barça supporters [outside Spain].”