One of Europe’s Top Football Training Destinations
Renowned as one of the best football training destinations in Europe, La Manga Club Football Centre has welcomed some of the world’s greatest teams. La Manga Club’s football facilities include eight international standard pitches and an impressive spectator stand for over 800 fans. Under 18’s that love football can take advantage of La Manga Club’s Football Academy. Courses are available for ages 3 to 16 and further advanced courses run for 13 to 18 year olds with UEFA qualified coaching staff catering for any age and skill level as well as basic fitness and technique work. All La Manga Club Football Academy Coaches are FA/UEFA qualified and have played or coached at professional club level. There is also the Chelsea FC Foundation Soccer School that players can attend and on completion of the course they will receive a Certificate & Medal.
La Manga Football Academy Programme
6 years & under
These sessions are seen as a way of introducing younger players to organised football in a safe and friendly environment, through games that use themes and characters that your little ones can relate to, and where they can have many chances to touch the ball, to help them to feel more comfortable with the ball at their feet. The sessions are 1 hour long, during which time 40 minutes of activity is undertaken, always ending with a game.
9 years & under
These sessions contain a mixture of activities where the player touches the ball many times as a way to improve their individual skills and techniques using different methods: touch and ball control, passing, haggling/ running with the ball, techniques on how to hit the ball, small games on the side, etc. The sessions are 1 hour and 30 minutes long. This hour is spent working on different techniques that change daily, and the remaining 30 minutes are spent on playing a game.
12 years & under
Sessions for this age group are more challenging, both through the ways overall skills are improved and how players understand football to be. The games come in a variety of formats in order to provide the basis for the sessions, with players working within a team structure and not just individually. As a result, players are more aware of their participation and responsibilities within the team, while focusing on improving their skills and their overall understanding of the game. These sessions are 1 hour and 30 minutes long. This hour is dedicated to improving the players skills and understanding of the team in small team matches, while the last 30 minutes are used for free game play. The techniques covered change daily.
Performance Academy: Technical (16 years & under)
The TECHNICAL program contains much more structured sessions that include team play, functional activity (covering attack and defense situations), positional play (in and out of possession), and small games by bands, from 1v1s to 9 per team. También cubre los muchos aspectos involucrados cuando los jugadores están trabajando dentro de las “unidades” del equipo, así como dentro del marco general de un equipo. These sessions are 1 hour and 30 minutos long. This hour focuses on the activities that are mentioned above, and the last 30 minutes are used for free game play.
Performance Academy: Fitness (16 years & under)
The FITNESS program focuses on working with your feet (“Quick Feet”), speed, acceleration, agility, basic conditioning exercise, short and sharp work in small spaces, etc., and part of the program is designed to do so with the ball. The program does NOT incorporate long runs or the use of weights, as we believe that these can be done individually outside of the Academy, if the players so desire.
Performance Academy: Technical & Fitness (16 years & under)
This Academy has a total duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes with a program of 1 hour of FITNESS in the morning and 1 hour and 30 minutes of TECHNICAL program in the afternoon. Players can do the complete program, either the Fitness session or the technical session separately.
This Academy operates during the 9 weeks of the SUMMER ACADEMY, with a 1 hour morning session covering the technical areas of the goalkeeper and improving individual skills, as well as a 1 hour afternoon session that covers the overall match game. Morning activities cover several techniques that goalkeepers are required to know. These include: basic handling, foot movement, long dive stops, collapsed dive stops, trapped above head height, crosses, 1 v 1 situations, controlling the ball with the feet, kicks from deadball situations, and out of hand. These exercises are intended to achieve a players level of improvement through a short, sharp, and intensive approach. Daily Academy Rate 60€.
Football Academy Dates
February Week 1 – 14 – 18 February Week 2 – 21 – 25 February April Week 3 – 4 – 8 April Week 4 – 11 -15 April Week 5 – 18 – 22 April May Week 6 – 30 May – 3 June Summer Week 7 – 11 – 15 July Week 8 – 18 – 22 July Week 9 – 25 – 29 July Week 10 – 25 – 29 July Week 11 – 1 – 5 August Week 12 – 8 – 12 August October Week 13 – 17 – 21 October Week 14 – 24 – 28 October
Football Academy Rates
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*Please note that times are provided as a guide; actual times may vary depending on the time of year; please always re-confirm.