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Oct '15 29

EuroElite Academy Begins Operations

EuroElite Academy Begins Operationsby Euro Elite Academy

Prague, Czech Republic – The EuroElite Baseball & Softball Academy, which will host camps and tournaments throughout Central Europe, has begun operations and will host winter camps in Prague beginning next month.

The academy, which is directed by American Joey Kamide, will host camps in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Germany in its first year, and hopes to grow into other countries in coming years. The academy also plans to host tournaments in Prague, Budapest and Munich this summer. Dates and more details will be released in the coming weeks for the spring break overnight camp, summer camps and tournaments.

“I’m very excited at the prospects of the academy, and what we can do to help with the youth development in these countries,” Kamide said. “Partnering with the local clubs and national governing bodies is going to be huge. We want everyone to be on board and working toward the same goal, which is to get young players excited about playing ball, and improving their skills and approach to the game.”

Kamide, who previously coached with the Hungarian National Baseball & Softball Federation in 2011 and led the Tempo Titans Praha to a promotion to the Czech Extraliga in 2012, will be joined at the camps by an experienced staff of coaches and players. That staff includes: Andy Berglund, the former Czech national team coach who currently serves as the lead European consultant and African Elite Academy Field Director for Major League Baseball; Austrian national team head coach Hiro Sakanashi; Slovakian national team coach Martin Brunegraf; and Anthony Bennett, who has nearly two decades of experience as a player and coach in Europe, Australia and Asia.

Several other players and coaches will serve as either ‘lead’ instructors in their respective countries and help to arrange and organize the camps and tournaments, and ‘roving’ instructors who will travel to work at the various camps.

More information about the academy can be found on its website at www.euroeliteacademy.com.

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