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WorldStrides Excel Programs is the industry leader in organizing international sports tours for North American teams. Our company was formed in 1998 by Eric McAleer, former European professional soccer player. WorldStrides Excel Programs is headquartered in Glenwood, MD a suburb of Baltimore and Washington, DC. We currently have ten full time employees in our US office and have many part time staff throughout the world. We have 18 years of experience in arranging international soccer and sports travel and have a proven track record with high level repeat customers resulting in significant long-term exclusive contracts with various organizations. We also have a worldwide soccer network at all levels of play from professional to recreational. We also have long term relationships with many elite coaches, managers, scouts and agents around the world. WorldStrides Excel Programs looks forward to working with your team to plan a once-in-a-lifetime international experience!
We are pleased to announce that Excel International Sports was acquired in January 2015 by WorldStrides, the largest and most trusted student educational travel provider in the United States. Together, Excel and WorldStrides combine to offer students more than 65 years of student travel experience. We are thrilled to join the WorldStrides team. Our companies share a common mission of providing life-enriching travel opportunities to students from around the world. Together we look forward to reaching even more talented young athletes. Going forward, we will now be known as WorldStrides Excel Programs!
WorldStrides is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA. The organization has offices in 22 locations around the world including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, China, and Chile. WorldStrides specializes in providing educational travel opportunities to approximately 350,000 students annually. For more information on WorldStrides, visit www.worldstrides.com. As world travelers, our staff makes it their mission to enhance your cultural and sports awareness. Our clients have noted a special atmosphere that is characteristic of an Excel tour, an atmosphere created by our creative, energetic, knowledgeable and experienced staff. Our travelers can look forward to a warm welcome when they arrive in Europe and exceptional treatment throughout their trip. Meet some of our staff below:
Former school teacher & professional soccer player, started the company in 1998. Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. Proud of the opportunities we create and the experiences we deliver. Passionate about family, people, the power of sports travel and friends.
Chris joined WorldStrides in 2008 as a part of the Finance team. For the past six years, he has worked to build the Capstone team. Chris has played a key role in supporting Capstone across many important areas including Pricing, Finance, Air, Visas, Operations and Account Management and is well positioned to support the Excel team in meeting growth goals.
Deals heavily with client relations and oversees the trip booking process. Has been with Excel since 2010. Loves sports and traveling!
With a knowledgeable background in finance, Sharon oversees accounting. Has been with Excel since 2014.
Manages all operational aspects of the team tours. Four year student-athlete at the University of Louisville, started with Excel in 2015 having previously worked with Adidas.
Graduate from Towson University, majored in Sport Administration. Manages all operational aspects of the team tours. Passionate about the game of soccer.
A graduate of Temple University with a degree in Economics. Has worked with Region One Boys ODP since 2010. Joined Excel as an Account Executive in 2015.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Kenny graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park after creating his own undergraduate major. Kenny started with WorldStrides in 2016.
20 years of expertise in sports travel. Holds a USSF A License. Currently entering his eleventh season as an assistant coach at William Smith College. Former ODP Coach for with New York State West Youth Soccer Association. Joined Excel in 2016.
Originally from Scotland, Steven graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a degree in Sports Management. Has been in the soccer industry since 2006 including coaching and operations. Steven joined Excel as an Account Executive in 2017.
Emily played Division I soccer for the University of Virginia. When her playing career ended, she went on to become the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach for the University of Pennsylvania. Emily joined Excel as an Account Executive in 2017.
Born and raised in Perth, Scotland. A 4-year college soccer player at Truman State University. Joined the Excel team in 2017.
Justin is a graduate of Towson University and joined Excel sports in 2017.
Rachel was a student-athlete and earned her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and continued her studies at Florida State University while earning her Masters in Sports Administration. She started at WorldStrides in the Capstone Division as an Account Manager in April 2016. In August 2017 she moved to the Excel Sports Programs which fits her interests perfectly with her love for sports, education, and travel.
Savannah graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. and a B.S. She studied abroad at the University of the West Indies in Barbados and at the Universita per Stranieri in Italy. She is passionate about the personal growth obtained through travel and the relationships cultivated through team sports. Savannah joined WorldStrides in 2017.
Works closely with the Excel Sports sales team on planning and support of our sports tours. Joy joined Worldstrides in 2011.
Been with Excel since our first trip in 1998! From Scotland, has looked after teams in all parts of Europe and is a season ticket holder at St. Johnstone FC!
Managed Excel Sports groups in the UK since 2006. Married with two grown children and two grandchildren. Huge Glasgow Celtic Fan!
Due to the nature of her job as a school teacher, she is very experienced in leading groups. Stephanie has been with Excel since 2012.
A graduate from the University of Verona with a degree in foreign languages. Now a certified tour leader who has guided numerous rugby and soccer teams. Leonardo has been with Excel since 2013.