The recently-established IMG winter soccer camp in Florida gives young football players between the age of 10 and 19 the opportunity to boost their soccer skills under the guidance of specialist coaches. The winter course can last between one and four weeks in January and February.
The prestigious IMG Academy, based in Bradenton, Florida, offers a full program of activities combining football and English classes for the many international students who attend each year.
- The football program with English classes is aimed at international students and includes 15 hours of football training and 15-20 hours of English classes each week.
- The football only program includes 25 hours a week of football training.
The football program follows the individual development of the player within a team setting. Students work on exercises based on their position in the team, they take part in tactical sessions where they will improve their performance and mental attitude for match play.
In total, training sessions can vary between 15 and 25 hours a week, depending on whether the student wishes to combine their coaching with 15-20 hours of English lessons a week.
After an intensive day, the budding young players can relax by enjoying the first class amenities that the Bradenton site has to offer. In addition, there are a choice of accommodation options, which allows the students to personalize their stay at the camp.
Football coaching at the IMG winter camp is held at the program’s exceptional facilities in Bradenton, Florida. Camp participants will have access to the professional state-of-the-art complex which extends over 200 hectares and comprises of 20 multi-sport pitches.
The aim of this program is to enable participants to develop their true potential on and off the field of play through fully innovative training methods which adapt to any level of football.
The young players can choose between the Basic or Total Athlete training programs which consist of 15 or 25 hours of training each week between Monday and Friday.
Some of the technical aspects that are covered at the academy include:
- Technique (dribbling, ball control, passing, shooting and heading)
- Tactics (1 v 1, 2 v 2 and 11 v 11 sessions)
- Match strategy (pace of the game, pressing etc.)
- Specific skills of the position
- Physical performance
- Mental aptitude
IMG Academy has an excellent technical team led by the Director Rusty Scarborough, a former coach of university squads and 16-times state champion with different clubs; and Technical Director Kevin Hartman, a former MLS player with leading stats in minutes played, total saves and victories registered.
Participants receive instructions specifically tailored for their position from expert trainers who are experience as footballers and trainers at university and professional level.
International students who want to combine a football training program with English language classes are well catered for at the IMG Academy winter camp.
With so many students visiting from all over the world, the winter soccer camp offers a perfect opportunity for those who want to boost their English language skills in a positive multi-cultural environment.
Language classes at Football camp
Currently, IMG welcome young footballers from over 80 countries worldwide, many of whom are not native English speakers. Having language lessons while attending the camp helps them to adapt to their new environment.
This camp offers two different English courses which cover between 15 and 20 hours of lessons each week. The choice of course depends on the student’s age and their level of English.
- Course in English as a second language (ESL): This course is geared to young people between 10 and 19 years. The emphasis is on learning the vocabulary and grammar which will be useful in interaction and on the campus. Classes are relaxed and informal and are focussed on themes of general interest, such as health, sport and travel etc.
- Course in Academic English as preparation for TOEFL exam: This course is designed for students aged between 15 and 19 years. The lessons focus on skills such as reading, writing and oral expression. Students will also work on previous TOEFL exam papers as preparation for the test. A high level of English is required to take this course as the content is advanced.
In total, there are 5 different levels of English for each course and classes are delivered in small groups (a maximum of 15 students per class) in order to enhance the student’s learning.
Programme and Activities
Attending the IMG academy offers young players a fantastic opportunity to receive top level football coaching and language classes, but the winter camp it is not all hard work and study. The academy also offers many activities to help the students relax and have a good time after training. These activities include video games, billiards, table football and evening events such as film nights or quizzes.
Once the training and language classes are over, the students get the chance to enjoy themselves inside and outside the campus through a range of activities and excursions in the evening and at weekends.
Excursions may include trips to nearby beaches, fairgrounds, aquatic parks, museums and other places of interest in the Florida area.
The IMG academy holds a prestigious status in the industry thanks to its magnificent world-class facilities. All the centre’s facilities are designed to help student athletes to reach their maximum potential.
To complement the reputation of this great sporting institution, the academy also offers a choice of first class accommodation for the participants.
The Academy is located in the city of Bradenton, Florida and extends over an area of more than 200 hectares.
This modern sports complex’s features include:
- 20 football pitches laid with Bermuda turf
- Professional changing rooms
- Video rooms
- 4 basketball courts,
- 18-hole golf course
- Athletics track and field
- Fitness studio
- Training area made of artificial turf
- Indoor pitches
In addition, the magnificent facilities are complemented by a health clinic, spa, physiotherapy clinic, modern residences and two dining rooms
The IMG Academy has several different accommodation options for its winter students and athletes.
- Ascender Hall Student Residence
Ascender Hall is a new building comprising five floors with 250 rooms. All rooms are equipped with bunk beds, private bathroom, desks and Wi-Fi connection.
On every floor of the residence there are washing machines and driers. There is also a recreation room and a common room which is a popular place for students to hang out and relax.
- Academy Park Villas
Academy Park Villas comprises of 11 high-quality suites for students who prefer a private room. Each villa have 3 or 4 rooms and are fully-furnished. In addition, they include a fully-equipped kitchen, a laundry room and a choice of private or shared bathroom.
- Bollettieri Resort Lodges
This accommodation option offers 1 to 3 rooms with views of the residence swimming pool and easy access to the clubhouse for adults. It has a private dining room for the total comfort of guests.
- East Campus Housing
This is traditional campus-style accommodation with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a common room and dining room.
- Champions Walk
A building of apartments with 1 or 2 large bedrooms, large wardrobes and newly-refurbished kitchens.
*All these accommodation options are subject to availability.
As an alternative to the aforementioned options, students can choose to stay in an apartment outside of the campus. If you want more information about this option, please, please contact us.
IMG offers a full-board meal service every day, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, which is presented buffet style. All the food served at the camp is healthy and suited to the athlete’s training regime.
If necessary, the camp staff can prepare individual meals for students who have specific dietary requirements.
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
A choice of full-board accommodation options
- Football coaching
- English classes (optional)
- Excursions (not including entrances to events or theme parks)
Not included in the price
This camp offers an optional airport transfer service at an additional cost. The service consists of supervised escort and collection to and from nearby Airports.
The charges for the airport transfera are as follows:
- Sarasota-Bradenton Airport: 100€ one way or 200€ return
- Tampa Airport: 30€ one way or 60€ return
Please note, for participants under 12 years of age an escort service is mandatory and costs an additional 35€.
- 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
To book a place at the IMG camp, it is necessary to pay 50% of the total amount at the time of booking. The other 50% must be paid no later than four weeks in advance of the camp start date.