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June 17, 2021 – Columbus, Ohio


FC Barcelona has announced that Barça Academy Columbus’ current Local Project Director, Miquel Gasparin, will be promoted to Technical Director for the Barca Pro Academy NY for the 2021-2022 season. Please join us in congratulating Miquel for earning the opportunity to lead one of three Barça Pro academies in the world (the others are in Miami and Brazil).

With this announcement, Barça Academy Columbus is very excited to welcome our new Local Project Director, Sergio Ferrer, and to immediately begin the transition process in collaboration with Miquel. Sergio brings an impressive set of experiences and qualifications to advance the growth and quality of Barça Academy Columbus’ staff, players, and teams. Following are some quick highlights of his professional qualifications, with a more detailed introduction coming soon:


  • UEFA A License (completing the UEFA Pro course)
  • Joined Barça Academy in 2017 (China; Austin, TX; and Pro Miami)
  • 10 years Sports Analyst/ team coaching experiences in Croatia, England, Italy, and Spain
  • Speaks 5 languages (English, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, and Croatian)


The news of Miquel’s promotion developed very quickly. Miquel and Sergio will lead the transition working closely with the Columbus program coordinators to ensure proper continuity as we start the 2021-22 seasonal year. The Academy is making special plans for an event to share our appreciation for Miquel and to welcome Sergio to Columbus.


Based on his impact on the players, coaches, and families of Barca Academy Columbus, we know that Miquel will achieve great success in the future, and we wish him all the best. We are also excited for the future here in Columbus as we build on the foundation that has been put in place over the past three years.


We wish everyone a wonderful summer! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information about the transition and celebration events!

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