Grande Sports Academy is the only year-round soccer residency academy that has on-site high school education provided by a major university – Arizona State University (ASU) for its residents. ASU is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the most innovative university in the United States, surpassing Stanford University and MIT. The academy concentrates on developing highly competitive soccer players to become outstanding young men both on and off the field. Since its inaugural year in 2010, previously in collaboration with Real Salt Lake, Grande Sports Academy has been setting the gold standard of excellence for youth soccer development in the country. Every Grande Sports Academy graduate has received a college scholarship offer or signed a professional contract. Grande Sports Academy alumni have earned scholarships to prestigious academic and athletic universities that include current Division I NCAA Champion Stanford University, 2014 Division I NCAA Champion University of Virginia and soccer powerhouses – University of Maryland, UCLA, Wake Forest University, Clemson University, Georgetown University, University of Louisville, Marquette University, University of New Mexico and more. Grande Sports Academy has built an organization that sets the bar for excellence, winning the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 National Championship and reaching the USSDA final in both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.
Grande Sports Academy has developed a well-respected, award-winning, successful style of attractive and attacking soccer. This culture of success, professional atmosphere and approach to training and competition is what Grande Sports Academy coaches and players call learning to “play the championship way”.
The Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort offers its guests luxury accommodations in the Tower, superb food, outstanding golf and excellent value. Every guest room in the tower is oversized and has a large, inviting balcony with expansive views of the golf course and the mountains in the distance. This traditional 7,400 yard Arizona golf course is one of the most historic in the Southwest, is overseeded every winter and has over 1,500 mature trees and three lakes in a parkland setting. This unique golf resort in Arizona weaves a rich tapestry in Arizona tradition, playing host to celebrities, sports stars and accommodating visitors for more than 50 years.