Everything starts with having a dream. Regardless of your background, where you come from or what your talents are this can be the same dream. Globally soccer is a well known and much played sport. It is then no surprise that many children dream of becoming a professional soccer player when they grow up. To achieve this dream players need to be committed to training frequently and having the right mindset. Unfortunately, these conditions are not always reachable for everybody. The Soccer & Performance Academy aims to help all children that want to achieve something with soccer. Everyone, from street players to professionals can profit from further development and learn from each other. The Soccer & Performance Academy offers are range of programs, each with its own purpose and target group. The programs are structured in such a way that players can progress to a more advanced program based on their development. The ultimate objective for each player is to reach their maximum potential. The Soccer & Performance Academy inspires, creates and develops players across the world. The Soccer & Performance Academy connects.
Last year we were invited by the Bermuda Athletic Association to attend a local soccer camp. Hakeem, Jenno, Solomon and Xavi trained and played with the local youth during a 10-day trip. Playing soccer together allowed the local youth to relate to the World Elite Talents and hopefully they were inspired by their peers to make their soccer dreams come true.
For us it’s important that our talents learn about the local culture and gain a better understanding of what it is like to live like a pro. What does it mean to be a world class soccer player? We teach them simple things like answering interview questions, signing autographs, or how they should behave at local events. The trip was a mix of hard work and fun but most importantly; they did it together.
The purpose of the World Elite program is to develop the ultimate top sporter, even better than the current top of the game. Every camp includes a range of activities each contributing to this objective. Obviously, the details of each activity can differ per location or be achieved in a alternative manner. Within the camps World Elite talents:
- Participate in a local soccer camp
- Train together under supervision of the Academy coaches
- Interact with the local youth
- Follow mediatraining
- Visit local sports matches
- Take technical and performance related tests based on the Academy’s methodology.
- The local youth also have the opportunity to be tested
- Play a match. This is dependent on the location and the age group of the World Elite
- Visiting and participating at local soccer clubs (or on the street)
- Guest trainings from the Academy coaches within the local soccer camp
- Relaxation and fun