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Andy Graham

Journey to Extraordinary Series: Coaches Edition
Andy has been to both the T1 and T2 coaching courses, but his journey to extraordinary began a long time ago.

“I first came across Johan Cruyff when I was 9 years of age when I saw him in the 1974 World Cup. My favourite player Pele had retired and I was not happy…. And then I saw the orange of the Netherlands and a team that I started to root for and in particular the no 14, Johan Cruyff. He was different to the other players especially the way he glided majestically over the pitch and although I didn’t realise at the time I was inspired. Two months later I started playing for my local team in Scotland. Then over 40 years later I again was looking for inspiration but this time in my coaching path.” Explains Andy.

“My late Father always said to me that ‘you are never to old to learn!’ so I started looking on the internet to try and find some inspiration. This appeared when I was looking at the Cruyff Institute which led me to the TOVO Academy.” This is what brought Andy to TOVO.

“Andrew is a man who combines a passion for the game with a sincere interest to do right by his footballers. He literally will cut the grass himself to make community football flourish and I have come to respect him tremendously as a compassionate and committed coach.  He embodies all that is wonderful about our TOVO family,” comments Todd Beane.

Johnny Reynolds

Residence Player to Join Pro Club
We are proud to announce that Johnny Reynolds will be signing with ADO Den Haag in Holland. Johnny joined us from Seattle and spent six months training at TOVO Academy Barcelona. As a result of his commitment to learning and his passion for the game, Johnny has earned a remarkable opportunity to play professional football in Europe.

“Of course I am proud of what Johnny has accomplished on the pitch, but if I am honest, I am more delighted with the way he matured as a young man while living with us,” comments Todd Beane.

“I am excited for the next step. I’m the one who needs to thank you Todd because without your guidance and support, not to mention how much you have taught me about the game, I wouldn’t be in the situation I am, playing the game we both love,” Johnny shares.

Claire Winter

Journey to Extraordinary Series
Claire Winter is an accomplished young woman. Having grown up in the Bay Area, Claire traveled south to attend UCLA, one of America’s top collegiate programs. She co-captained her team for her senior year, helping them to get to the National Championship game. Her journey to TOVO was a personal pilgrimage and an opportunity to test herself on European soil. She trained hard and fully immersed herself in the rich Catalan culture, which breathes football on a daily basis. Claire is currently on trial for a professional women’s team, combining her passion with commitment.

“Claire came to us having recently competed in the national championship match – a high stakes, high pressure environment. We felt that we needed to help her fall in love with the game again by focusing on pure development and by kindling a deeper understanding of the game. She responded brilliantly and we are so proud to be providing her a pathway to professional football here in Europe,” shares Todd Beane.

Jay Gomez

Journey to Extraordinary Series: Coaches Edition
Jay Gomez is currently the Boys DA U15 Assistant Coach at the San Jose Earthquakes and has been on an extraordinary journey for some time now. Jay graduated from the University of Washington in 2000 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. Upon graduation, Jay was drafted by the Seattle Sounders of the A league in 2000. Shortly after Jay moved back to California to begin his coaching career at UCSC with coach Paul Holocher. Jay has coached youth soccer locally in Santa Cruz for over a decade and has also spent time with the De Anza Force soccer club prior to join the Quakes Academy.

Jay was one of the first to attend a TOVO T1 Coaching Course in March 2017. He returned to Spain last October for our T2 course. “Absolutely the real deal. This guy (Beane) will change the way our game is taught in the United States. Thank you Todd for all the care you put into sharing your vision and life experience with us,” Jay commented after his TOVO experience.

“We enjoy hosting Jay as his positive energy is contagious. He is passionate about soccer and perhaps even more so about life-long learning,” remarks Todd Beane.

College Bound Cody K.

Journey to Extraordinary Series
Our Canadian “Big Man” has been accepted to the prestigious Mount Allison University.

Cody understood the limitations of developing himself as a soccer player in central Canada. He was motivated to see that game differently, to play the game more intelligently, and to reap the benefits of a full immersion in Spain.

Father Jim has been a TOVO Coaching Course participant and shares his viewpoint, “A big thanks to TOVO. Cody gained a great deal of confidence through his training and cultural experience with TOVO. We think of you often and thank you for the positive influence you have had on our children.”

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