The prestigious IMG Football Academy is located in Bradenton (Florida) and is open to young players aged between 12 and 19.
The school combines high quality soccer coaching with an excellent academic program that offers young people the best opportunity to develop into first class athletes and students.
- Six month program: football coaching plus education and language classes (optional)
- Annual academic program: football coaching plus education and language classes (optional)
IMG Florida offers programs in two semesters, one starting in autumn (fall) and the other in spring. Each course aims to create a balance between developing both the footballing skills and the academic enrichment of its pupils.
The football training schedule promotes individual development within a team setting, helping young people to raise their game to a higher competitive level.
At the IMG Academy, the international students also have the chance to take part in English language lessons which are available to suit a range of levels. Participants are accommodated in the modern facilities of the Bradenton complex. Each of the shared rooms is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, desk and Wi-Fi connection.
At the IMG annual football camp, participants will take part in soccer training sessions that will help them to develop the technical aspects of the game. Under the guidance of first class coaches, they will work on specific positions and exercises designed to improve both their skill and physical condition.
In addition, the students will take part in competitive matches where they can put into practice what they have learned. The aim of the coaching is to produce well-balanced footballers who are skilled in all aspects of the game.
Participants train for between 15 and 20 hours a week (Monday to Friday) in the outstanding facilities of the camp at Bradenton in Florida.
There are a range of different program types (Core, Total Athlete or Game Changer) that are personalised according to the current knowledge and ability of each student. The course is suitable for players with an intermediate or advanced entry level.
The IMG academy is hosted by a brilliant team of technical staff, led by Scott Dean and the Director of Training Kevin Wright. Several of the employees are officially licenced by the United States Football Federation and have accumulated extensive experience as players and trainers at both university and professional level.
- Technical training: shooting, ball control, dribbling, passing etc.
- Tactical training: attacking and defensive positioning.
- Physical training: speed work, agility and resistance etc.
- Strategic training: match pace, pressure of playing, teamwork etc.
- Mental coaching: routines, preparation, controlling emotions in adverse situations etc.
- Positional training: corners, spaces, blocking, set pieces etc.
As well as improving technical ability, there is an emphasis in the academy to improve the physical conditioning of all participants in the program in order to maximise their potential.
The philosophy of this academy is self-discipline, commitment, passion and dedication and this is what they aim to convey to the students.
By developing leadership in a sporting context, the youngsters are instilled with the confidence to reach their goals in a very competitive environment.
At IMG Football Academy, the students follow the American school schedule which comprises of an autumn (fall) semester between August and December and a spring semester between January and June.
The school embraces a university-style format through which the students can enjoy the maximum flexibility to combine their football coaching and academic studies.
Language classes at Football camp
The students are grouped in small classes and benefit from an excellent standard of teaching. The elite team of tutors speak a total of 13 languages and have the ability to foster creativity and debate in their classes.
The teachers and sports coaches develop a plan which is appropriate for the individual needs and aims of each student/athlete.
IMG Academy also utilises an online communication program which connects parents, students, academy staff and teachers. Through this program, parents are notified of exam results as well as information about conduct in class and daily tasks set.
All members of the academic staff offer tutorial sessions to support students who need reinforcement, as well as those whose sporting program requires them to be outside of the campus for several days during the week.
If academy participants do not have a sufficient level of English to be able to undertake the academic study corresponding to their age, they will be enrolled into the level most appropriate for their linguistic needs.
It should be noted that the American education system is different from that in Europe. In considering a final assessment of the student, the academy focuses not only on evaluating qualifications obtained in exams but also on elements such as effort, attitude, responsibility and participation.
Discipline, sacrifice and self-sufficiency are values which we teach right from the first day. During their stay at IMG, students learn to be independent, responsible and to make their own decisions. This helps them to become great athletes as well as outstanding people.
Agenda & Actividades
Every week between Monday and Friday, students at the IMG Academy will enjoy a mix a football training, academic classes and leisure activities.
In the evening, there is time to relax and pass the time their classmates, while at the weekend, they get to take part in organised football tournaments.
Below is an example of a typical schedule that can be expected at the IMG annual soccer camp.
At the weekend, the IMG Academy organises excursions to help students switch off from their intensive football training. They also organise football matches to enable the young footballers to put their new skills into practice.
Most excursion are included in the price of the camp, this covers the cost of transport and supervision. However, entrance fees for some events such as theme parks or concerts will have to be paid for separately.
At the end of each day, the camp monitors organise a wide range of activities to keep the young people entertained. The schedule may vary but there are enough fun activities to ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
IMG is one of the most well-known sports academies in the world and as such is equipped with first class facilities that students and athletes from all over the world can enjoy.
Located in the North American city of Bradenton (Florida), the complex covers an area of around 500 hectares. The IMG academy follows the model of university campuses in the US.
The academy boasts a total of 13 professional sports pitches made of Bermuda turf. The pitches are complemented by superb changing facilities as well as video rooms for analysis and scouting at matches.
In addition to these outstanding sporting facilities, there is also a health clinic, a spa, a physiotherapy clinic, a modern gym with training area comprising artificial turf, and an indoor sports pitch.
The IMG Academy offers a range of different options for accommodating its student and athletes.
- Student residence
This residence is a five-storey building with 250 bedrooms. Each bedroom is equipped with bunk beds, a bathroom, a study desk, Wi-Fi connection, a weekly cleaning service and garbage collection twice a week. On each floor of the residence there are additional washing machines and driers and students can purchase extra provisions for laundry, kitchen and domestic services.
The centre has 11 high quality villas for students who want to stay in a private room. Each rooms is a suite with a double bed and large wardrobe. Residents can choose a private or shared bathroom.
The suites are also fitted with fully equipped kitchen with washing machine and drier and benefits from a full cleaning and garbage collection service twice a week. Bed sheets are changed on a weekly basis.
A full board meal service is provided for all students at the academy, this includes breakfast, lunch and dinner in the communal dining room.
In addition, individual menus can also be provided for students who have specific dietary requirements.
The IMG Academy has a team of monitors and support staff who are entrusted with the care and wellbeing of the youngsters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therefore, the students can enjoy a secure environment in which to pursue their sporting and academic success while also developing their personalities.
Prices and Dates
* Programmes from 2 weeks on, available from 3.500€
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.
The IMG Academy follows the North American academic calendar, which is divided into the autumn (fall) and spring semesters.
- Autumn (fall) semester: 24 August to 13 January
- Spring semester: 18 January to 3 June
Included in the price
- Accommodation in residence / suite
- Meals (full board)
- Sports coaching program
- Leisure activities
- Academic classes
- Excursions (however entrance fees to events and theme parks are extra)
Not included in the price
- English classes
- Transfer service from airport
- Camp cancellation or interruption insurance
If you want to rest assured that you can recover your money in the event that your child is unable to attend the camp or has to interrupt their stay in the camp because of unforeseen circumstances - our cancellation insurance policy may be of interest to you. More information here
- Travel insurance
We also offer a travel insurance policy that also includes medical assistance for just €8/week (for EU citizens) or €15/week (for the rest of the world). Details of the full policy coverage can be found here
This camp offers an optional airport transfer service at an additional cost. The service consists of supervised escort and collection to and from Sarasota-Bradenton or Tampa Airports.
The charges for the airport transfers are as follows:
- Sarasota-Bradenton Airport: €100 each way
- Liverpool Airport: €30 each way
Please note, for participants under 12 years of age an escort service is mandatory and costs an additional 35€.
To book a place at the Manchester annual camp, it is necessary to pay a deposit at the time of booking. The balance must be paid no later than 60 days in advance of the camp start date.
For full details, please contact us today.