FC Barcelona Football camp – Residential – Summer Football Experience – Spain
THE FOOTBALL CAMP IS CANCELED FOR THE YEAR 2021 AND IS POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2022.
Do you want to make your child’s dreams come true and send them on an unforgettable holiday to the best football academy in the world ?
Would you like your child to play football on the fabled pitches of La Masia that developed the talents of players like Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Lionel Messi ?
The Barca Academy Football Camp offers an unbelievable footballing experience paired with beautiful visits to Barcelona’s loveliest sights that merge together to form the holiday of a lifetime.
Is this football camp is fully adapted for your child ?
|Sant Joan Despí, Spain|
|14 days and 13 nights|
|11 to 16|
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Football Camp Program
About the camp
The football camp will usually takes place in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper (but it depends on the club availability, it’s not 100% sure), which is Barcelona’s training ground and academy base in Sant Joan Despí.
Barcelona is a beautiful town that is bursting with tourist activities and provides an excellent setting for family holidays. From the impressive Sagrada Familia to La Rambla, Barcelona’s main street, to the Barri Gotic, the Gothic neighbourhood with relics of Roman buildings, there is always something to do in the capital of the Catalan region.
With temperatures of around thirty degrees centigrade, it is ideal for both football training and tourist activities. Training in heat helps build physical abilities faster and it is not too hot to go outside during the day.
The players will be housed in a lovely residence in the heart of Barcelona. Rooms will be for either 4, 6 or 8 players and there are private bathrooms at their disposal.
The residence will provide all sheets, pillows and towels and the kit provided by the camp will be cleaned at least twice a week to make packing easier.
There is also a games room for entertaining the kids while they have some free time, and high speed Wi-Fi and cable television is also provided so your children will definitely not be bored at any time.
The top teams in the world need the best facilities in order to maximise their development and improve as much as possible. Barcelona is no exception, and the facilities are of exceptional quality.
Childs usually practice at St. Joan Despi’s facility but it depends on the club availability.
There are 5 grass pitches at the Ciutat Esportiva as well as 4 artificial grass pitches where the daily training sessions throughout the week take place. The grass fields are very well maintained and the astro pitches are perfect for football all year long, being a more consistent surface than grass
A separate area is made available for goalkeeper work and precise technical drills. There is also a grandstand by one pitch for family to watch the sessions if they want. Finally, a multi-sport arena is also onsite for any indoor training.
However, what is indescribable about these fields is the feeling that any young football fan should experience when they walk onto them. Playing football on the exact same fields that a player like Lionel Messi has played on as well should be enough to make any player awe-inspired.
All meals of the day are included in the price of the camp : Breakfast, lunch, snack, diner.
The food offered will be Mediterranean so players will have a balanced and nutritious diet based around ingredients such as olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein-rich legumes, fish and whole grains.
A healthy diet is exactly what young players need in order to develop their muscles and recover from exercise properly, and the camp promises to deliver that.
There will be chaperones supervising the participants of the camp at all times.
These are qualified staff from Barcelona that have all taken an official police background check and they speak English and Spanish.
The residences have cameras operating 24/7 as well as security guards and there are special keys that only the staff have in order to access the accommodation.
If you are wanting to visit your child, you will need to make sure that the chaperone is fully aware of this.
Football camp program
THE FOOTBALL CAMP IS CANCELED FOR THE YEAR 2021 AND IS POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2022.
FC Barcelona football camp is one of the most complete camp on Looking For Soccer. Two intensive weeks of football and many excursions are on the program for a balanced program. Children will have wonderful memories
This program is offered in collaboration with ISL Agency, official partner of Barça Academy.
What is included
|14 Nights at the Athlete’s Residence|
|All meals : breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner|
|20 training sessions at Barça Academy HQ|
|4 FC Barcelona Methodology sessions with Barça Academy coaches|
|2 Barça Academy training kit|
|Team ISL Nike Travel kit and backpack|
|Tickets Port Aventura|
|Tickets Historic District Guided Tour|
|Tickets Camp Nou Experience (Museum + Stadium)|
|Tickets Sagrada Familia (guided tour)|
|Tickets Parc Guëll (guided tour)|
|Tickets Montjuic (guided tour)|
|Beach Session @ Barcelona Beach|
|Transfers: Airport, Games, and Activities|
|1 Chaperone every 12 players|
|24/7 Staff Assistance|
The camp will have two daily training sessions a day during the week and there are visits planned on the weekends. There will also be methodology and system classroom sessions.
One of the objectives of the two-week internship is to give the children a taste of FC Barcelona’s methodology. Technical exercises in small spaces, work on possession and moving the ball, organised attack and quick decision making are characteristics of the Barcelona game and exercises particularly worked on by the coaching team.
Barcelonafootball is a game of possession with precise attacks, which requires a lot of composure. The coaches will try to instil this serenity in the players, whether through advice during training sessions or explanations during methodology sessions.
Workshops and atypical activities :
To complement daily training, coaches will also provide theory sessions to ensure that the lessons they teach on the field are understood and implemented by the players.
4 workshops are planned during the two weeks. This will also be an opportunity to deepen the understanding of the tactical aspects of the sport. Having workshops in the classroom in addition to the on-the-field training is really a chance to develop a deep understanding of the Barcelona methodology. It will certainly be different from the training sessions they have in their local clubs !
Also, boys and girls will have one opportunity to train on the beach. It will be a lot of fun, but very useful to develop agility, strength and endurance, since running and handling the ball in the sand is much harder than in the grass. On top of that, it is also extremely enjoyable and a swim in the Mediterranean Sea after so much effort will be of great comfort.
Please note that for goalkeepers, specific training is possible provided that at least five goalkeepers register for the camp. These will be led by the official goalkeeper coaches of the Barça Academy. Goalkeepers will have dedicated sessions before putting this into practice during group practices and games.
A typical day will start with a wake-up call around 7:00 am. Children will eat a balanced breakfast to be on top of their game for the first training. After, they will go to the soccer fields for the first training session which will be followed by a shower.
After lunch, the campers will have a quiet time to digest before starting the second training session. After a good workout, it will be time for the second shower of the day and for those who still have energy to do some activities with friends.
It’s 8:00 p.m., time for dinner. It will be followed by a quiet activity before going to bed.
Below is an example of a typical day. The program can of course be adapted according to the weather and the organization of the excursions.
This football camp also offers a lot of excursions with 6 excursions in the schedule :
The Camp Nou Experience : Visit of the Camp Nou and the museum :
Your child will be able to wander through the changing rooms to see where the professionals get ready, retrace their footsteps on the official walkway to the pitch and drink in the full glory of the 100,000+ capacity stadium. The guided tour finishes in the Barcelona gift store but before that, players will be given entry to the trophy room, where twenty seven La Liga trophies and five European Cup trophies silently sit.
One day in Port Aventura :
Port Aventura is located 1h20 from the center of Barcelona. It is one of the biggest theme parks in Europe with more than 3 million visitors per year. Roller coasters, rides, stores, water activities, everyone will find something for them. It is always a great memory for children.
Half a day at the beach :
A morning or afternoon will be reserved for a beach session. It will be an opportunity to play football on the beach but also to relax, have fun in the water and swim in the Mediterranean Sea. This is generally one of the children’s favourite times.
Visit of the Sagrada Familia :
It is the emblematic symbol of the Catalonia capital! With a height of 172 meters, it is one of the largest churches in the world. The construction started in 1882 and is still not finished, although it can be visited. It is in the program with a guide during the second week of the course.
Visit of the Parc Guëll :
The Parc Guëll is one of the achievements of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. It is an atypical park with different forms and materials. An excursion with a guide will be dedicated to this parc.
Visit of the city and its historical district :
The city of Barcelona is full of historical peculiarities, during the visit of the city and its historical district with a guide, the children will discover the heart of this city and its history.
The training sessions are led by some of the best coaches in the world. All coaches have the “UEFA Pro License” diplomas. One of the highest.
There is one coach for every twelve children’s and one goalkeeper coach for every five goalkeepers, so your child will also be coached individually to maximize his or her progress.
Players should arrive on Saturday morning between 7 AM and 12 AM if they are flying to Barcelona. There will be shuttles transporting participants from the airport between 8 AM to 1 PM.
Players can arrive at different times but there will be no shuttle to take them to the camp, so they will have to arrange their own transport.
Departures from the camp must be on Saturday morning no later than 10 a.m. Shuttles are also provided for departure to the airport.
Practical information – transport
If you wish to organize the transport yourself, the camp is located at the following address : Vinguda Onze de Setembre, s/n, 08970 Sant Joan Despí, Barcelona, Spain
The closest Airport is Josep Tarradellas
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Looking for Soccer team to answer them.
About the football Camp and the club
The Barcelona Summer Football Experience is the opportunity for boys and girls aged 11 to 16 to practice at the high quality facilities of the Barca Academy and be coached by specialists with the Barcelona winning mentality.
Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world that try and win in the right way. They play stylish football that relies heavily on possession, precise passing, movement and ease on the ball and the team almost always includes a couple of the Academy’s graduates.
One such graduate is the world’s most talented player Lionel Messi. The small Argentinian was scouted by Barcelona when he was playing for Newell Old Boys in his home country, and the Spanish club flew him to Spain, offered him a place at their academy and even provided growth hormones that he needed.
His natural skill allowed him to rise through the ranks of the club and he was training with the senior team by the time he was sixteen. Obviously Messi’s naturally has so much talent, more than any other football player ever, but Barcelona was the perfect club for him to develop and improve.
A club of Barcelona’s quality does not just teach Lionel Messi, it also learns from him. Recognising his talent, Messi’s strengths and skills are constantly being analysed by Barcelona’s coaching team who hope to pass it on, and the Argentine’s influence on Barcelona as a club has been massive, including the coaching methods and the Academy.
However, Messi is not a one off example of Barcelona’s academy producing world class players. In 2010, Messi won the Ballon d’Or, the award for the best individual footballer of the year. Andres Iniesta and Xavi, the two centre midfielders from that same team, came second and third respectively, the first time ever that the best three players in the world came from the same academy.
The current Barcelona mentality of winning games by playing effective but stylish football was properly implemented when the legend Johan Cruyff took over as Barcelona’s manager. He came to the club when performances, attendance and results were all awful, but within a few years he had transformed the whole club into winners.
Both the first team and the youth teams started playing a Cruyff brand of football, and he handpicked players that he believed would be the best in this system, like Pep Guardiola, Michael Laudrup and Ronald Koeman. All players in the team were confident with the ball, Koeman sometimes pushing out from centre back to break the lines.
What made Cruyff so effective as well is that since the youth teams were also playing very good football, the team was almost self-sustaining. Couple that with nifty transfers and it is clear that Cruyff had lain the foundations for not just a world class team, but also a world class club.
The desire to produce beautiful football and players who can make this has continued to this day, and is clear in the coaching techniques. Technical drills are extremely common in Barcelona training sessions, and defenders are expected to be as good on the ball as the rest of the players.
Cruyff instilled this demanding culture that has continued to push the club to improve, and no part of the club reflects this as much as the Academy.
However, this camp is not just about football. Your child can also visit cultural landmarks like the Sagrada Familia or go to the exhilarating theme park Port Aventura. On top of this, families are encouraged to come: there are loads of things to do in the beautiful city in Barcelona and the training sessions are open for families to spectate. Participants can very much come on their own as well of course!
This camp is also trying to teach the participants what HEART is: Humility, Effort, Ambition, Respect and Teamwork. These five principles are intrinsic to Barcelona Football Club and anyone who represents these values will do well at the camp.
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