FOUNDER & COACHING DIRECTOR
‘ TALENT IS GROWN, NOT BORN. ’
PRODUCING TECHNICALLY AND TACTICALLY ASTUTE PLAYERS
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As well as top class training pitches for technical sessions, the Academy has its own exclusive fully equipped gym, access to a swimming pool with Sauna and Jacuzzi for recovery, ice baths and an indoor futsal pitch for any unlikely adverse weather conditions where training can remain uninterrupted. Apart from the team facilities, every player is individually equipped with GPS monitors to track players physical output in all games and training, creating heat maps for performance analytics.
Training at this intensity can increase risk of players picking up unwanted injuries and strains, so to accommodate this the Academy has a full-time Physio who is involved in educating the players as to how they need to control their training load and recovery between sessions. Physio provision is provided pitch side at all training and games.
Alongside the importance of having everything in place to build a player to perform on the pitch, we also take into consideration the player’s social and psychological wellbeing off the pitch. To try and provide the best for our players 24 hour wellbeing we have a social area with books available to borrow, PlayStation 4s which are regularly used for FIFA tournaments as well as a quiet study area which is available for our players who continue to carry on studies via distance learning from their own country and the homework set from the Academy’s daily Spanish classes.
IN MORE DETAIL
On average our players are active 6 days every week with one day free, as anything less would not give us time to carry out our training sessions. Players benefit from technical and tactical football sessions, personalized gym sessions with individual Strength & Condition coaching, pool recovery, yoga, pre-game visualization and relaxation, video analysis, personal feedback reviews. Also included are guest seminars from professional players and most importantly our weekly fixtures (40 games per season) against some of the biggest clubs in the world game! FC Malaga City will design for each player a team and individual programme where they are trained in the environment expected by any modern day professional footballer. Every year since our inaugural 2014 season we have been pleased to take our squads to play against Malaga CF, Granada CF, Cordoba CF, Almeria, Cadiz, Recreativo Huelva, Sevilla FC, Athletico Madrid, Real Betis, Valencia CF, Villarreal CF, Alcorcon, Leganes and Getafe. Opportunities and exit routes are offered within the Academy, from progressions to trial for clubs here in Spain, the UK and across Europe, as well as scholarships in American Universities or a career in the sports industry. Our programme is aimed to develop young people as a footballer and as a person, whether it be to advance their knowledge and understanding as a player on the pitch, or be the first step to becoming a future coach or manager. Away from the pitch, being based in Spain, is a fantastic cultural experience and opportunity to learn one of the world’s most important languages.