The Marcet Foundation academy is a professional proficiency football training centre where young footballers between the ages of 8 and 21 years with the potential for a career in professional football receive coaching to help them acquire the necessary skills and knowledge.
This prestigious football academy is highly renowned throughout the world. It has its own training method delivered by professional coaches who themselves have been trained at the academy in order that they are fully equipped to deliver the specific training methods.
10 month programme: Professional Eurofootball Programme: from September to June.
- 3 or 6 month programme: this can be taken at any time of the year.
- Checking Programme: an intensive programme lasting 1-6 weeks which can begin on any date (due to the fact that this is a short programme it does not include an academic study option).
*The residential accommodation element is optional, as is the educational course (if it is preferred that participants under 16 study at a different school).
*There are certain criteria that need to be met by applicants to the academy programme. The young player will need to attend the academy for at least one week so that their football skills can be assessed. In exceptional circumstances, for example, if the participant lives a considerable distance from the centre (a country like Brazil for example) it will be possible instead to send videos and a sporting curriculum certifying the level of the player.
The Foundation collaborates with a number of schools in order to offer the students different academic options, from primary education, ESO (the compulsory secondary education qualification in Spain) or Baccalaureate, even a course in professional football skills.
In terms of where the students stay while on the programme, the academy has a student residence, with shared rooms and full board.
The Marcet Foundation Football School is one of the best in the world. It has its own training method and each year several of its players are recruited by the different categories of the best European clubs.
The principal aim is to provide training to motivated and intelligent players. The coaching is intensive and, together with the academic study programme, occupies about 20 hours a week.
According to statistics, a football player is in possession of the ball during a game for an average of two minutes. The rest of the time the player needs to be making decisions based on specific criteria. In this academy we don’t just teach players what to do during those two minutes when they have the ball, but also what to do in the other 58 minutes.
Each training session is based around a combination of 3 basic aspects:
- Technique: the better a player’s technique and their range of play, the better a player they will become.
- Attitude: this is about coaching each participant with regard to their role in the team as a whole. They need to understand the relative importance of the different secure and risk zones.
- Physical condition: it’s just as important to work on the physical aspects as it is on technical performance given that fatigue causes a deterioration in all the player’s abilities. Psychological wellbeing is also important.
Apart from all this, the academy is also concerned to impart important values to its students, making every effort to ensure that participants learn how to behave with respect for their fellow players and coaches.
The training programme is divided into different elements:
Daily physical sessions
These sessions are divided into group coaching and individual coaching taking place within the group.
- Analysis and monitoring sessions
- Theory sessions
- Psychological sessions
Competitions and tournaments
- 60 official competitive matches per season
- International and national friendly matches.
- Tournaments in Spain, Europe and other parts of the world.
The Marcet Foundation offers students the opportunity to enrol in academic study. In fact, the academy encourages the players to continue with their school curriculum. It should be remembered that only a very few players reach the top level and it is important to have a good educational base in order to carry on making progress in alternative occupational fields. Even players who do make a career in the game can have their career cut short, for example by an injury or if they don’t achieve the desired results. Even for those who go on to maintain a professional football career, it is a relatively short career and it’s thus very much in the interests of the young players to have a good grounding of education which will enable them to progress in another occupation once their playing days are over.
Language classes at Football camp
Education for children under 16 years old
In Spain it is the law that all children under 16 attend school, therefore, all students under this age will need to be registered for the corresponding primary or secondary curriculum.
For young people over the age of 16 who wish to continue with academic study, the Marcet Foundation offers a number of options.
Education at student’s own school via distance learning
Young people who want to continue their studies at their own school can take a distance learning course. For these purposes, there is a room available at the academy with WiFi facilities and a timetable of study is programmed in to enable the students to take classes. They will also have at their disposal a tutor at the academy. Where necessary, parents can make arrangements for an external tutor to help the student with particular subjects.
For students on Baccalaureate courses the Marcet Foundation has a partnership agreement in place enabling them to continue their studies. The school programmes the timetable to enable players to combine their academic study times with football coaching and they will also be assigned a tutor if they need extra support.
For students who have completed the ESO but who do not wish to study Baccalaureate, or those who have completed the Baccalaureate, there is an opportunity to take an intermediate or higher qualification in football skills.
Programme and Activities
The academy programme is very intensive and there is little time left for leisure. It is therefore very important that potential applicants to the programme are aware of this and of the fact that they need to take the coaching seriously. Participating in a programme like this means giving up a lot of free time and the rhythm of work demands a dedication and a degree of sacrifice. Therefore it is only recommended to those young people who really take their sport seriously and whose principal objective is improve their skills and physical condition in order to work towards a career in professional football.
Accommodation and Facilities
For accommodation, the academy has its own residence. However, the accommodation service is completely optional, so if preferred, participants can stay elsewhere and attend the academy only for coaching sessions.
Rooms at the residence are very basic. They comprise 2 or 3 bunkbeds, which means each room accommodates between 4 and 6 students. Each room has a bathroom (with shower) to be shared between the students sleeping in that room.
Each student has a locker for the safekeeping of their personal belongings. Rooms have heating and air conditioning.
The academy encourages the students to live communally in the residence as this helps to develop the values of sharing, tolerance and respect among the students, who come from a wide range of economic backgrounds, cultures and nationalities.
A team of monitors are in charge of students at the residence and provide continual supervision, ensuring that the rules of behaviour are maintained and that rooms are kept in good order.
SERVICES AT THE RESIDENCE
- Air conditioning and heating
- Strong box
- Daily laundry service
- Daily room cleaning
- Heated swimming pool
- Study and common rooms
The academy has several artificial turf football pitches where the coaching takes place. It also has a gym, swimming pool and physio room. The academy benefits from the following professionals and services which are at the disposal of its students:
- Sports psychologist
- Fitness trainer
- Recuperation specialist
- Private medical insurance cover with Axa-Winterthur
- Sports injury treatment at the Teknon clinic.
The residence has a meals service offering a daily menu choice to the students. The menu is designed especially for athletes, thus it comprises healthy meal options.
Prices and Dates
The prices of this programme vary according to a number of factors, such as the demand for places and the age of the participant. Please indicate the approximate start date you are considering and we will contact you as soon as possible with the prices and dates which are available.
Included in the price
- Coaching Programme
- Academic programme (optional)
- Full board accommodation in residence
- Full sports strip
- Transfers service
- Public transport within the urban area of Barcelona
- Private medical insurance
- Academic tuition and supervision
Not included in the price
- Personal computer/laptop (essential for the academic programme)
- Travel costs to and from the camp
- Transfers which are not part of the programme
- Academic material and textbooks