PSG Football camp – Day camp – Geneva – Swiss
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|6 days and 0 nights|
|7 to 17|
Football Camp Program
About the camp
The training center is located in the town of Publier, between Evian-les-Bains and Thonon-les-Bains.
This town is in the middle of the French Alps, next to the Léman Lake. It is also near Geneva and opposite Lausanne in Switzerland.
The mountains and the lake make it a magnificent place with an incredible view, and ideal conditions for playing football. Not only is the place beautiful and picturesque, it also helps clear outside distractions, and allows players to focus completely on their football.
Participants will stay in double rooms with one other player. High speed internet is available throughout the centre and there are multiple lounge areas with different purposes such as the media room, the video game room and the study room.
Training kits are cleaned after every game and training session by the staff who are a team of dedicated professionals hoping to make those staying at the ICEF as comfortable as possible. In fact, the staff are multilingual, speaking at least French and English, and multicultural. This helps kids from all over the world feel right at home.
The ICEF stretches over two and a half hectares of land and there are multiple 11v11 natural grass pitches as well as several 11v11 all-weather, artificial grass fields, including a heated field which is an unusual luxury.
All the dressing room facilities are brand new and they are top of the line, ideal for preparation and bonding as a team. There is a health centre on site with trained medical staff and even a physical therapist, so the camp is more than prepared to deal with any physical problems that a player might experience.
A fully equipped gym with cardio, strength and recovery areas is present in the Performance Centre. It has resulted in truly feeling like a professional experience, and encourages the participants to perform, train and work better and harder than they usually do.
All these sporting facilities make the ICEF a world class training center, and the campers will feel just like professional players.
A correct diet is crucial for a top class athlete and the ICEF is very much aware of this. The chefs cook organic meals for the participants that contain everything they need to improve the most that they can and the food is all organic, balanced and varied.
Any dietary restrictions or allergies can be allowed for as long as you warn the camp before coming.
The camp is protected by 24h/24 surveillance and there are cameras throughout the campus.
All activities take place in the center and everything is within walking distance.
Therefore, there are absolutely no concerns to be had over the safety of your child.
Football camp program
This Day Camp is ideal for showing players what the life of a professional athlete looks like. Physical preparation is given importance alongside mental preparation, and the players are guaranteed to leave the camp with a more open approach to training and football.
What is included
|2 tactical-technical training sessions per day|
|1 physical preparation session per day supervised by an official International Center of European Football trainer|
|Physical care sessions delivered by an official International Center of European Football physiotherapist (if necessary)|
|1 video analysis session per day|
|2 individualized briefs from the coach per day including mental preparation|
|Nike training kit|
|A certificate of participation and performance awards|
While all PSG football camps around the world follow a program specifically designed to improve as a footballer, the Geneva camp takes this a step further by giving a lot of importance to off the pitch work, much more than most football camps.
Every day will start with mental conditioning and a coach brief. Mental conditioning is the process of training your mind to modify your thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs so that a winning attitude becomes second nature. Almost every top level athlete has massively impressive mental capacities, and self-belief is so important in football just to have the confidence to try unexpected things.
Putting emphasis on this is proof of the elite mentality of PSG. Winning is the only possible goal and if mental conditioning works properly, then it will allow the players to keep pushing themselves in order to be the best they can be.
Of course, mental conditioning is nothing without training sessions. These are conducted by by experts in player development, made available by the International Center for European Football, and official Paris Saint-Germain Academy coaches.
The sessions aim to improve technique, fitness and strength through drills and games. The coaches have a clear idea of what each session is trying to improve which allows them to properly gauge each player’s improvement.
There are also tactical sessions, where the players will work on positioning, teamwork and on their vision. Similarly to speed, many assume that you are either born with vision or not, but nothing could be further from the truth. Practising will certainly improve vision and sometimes players who have never been taught this improve monumentally thanks to this, becoming a different player entirely.
Video analysis sessions also take place often. These are a newer development in football but have proven very effective for a number of teams and managers over the years who will meticulously pour over footage to see how to improve and where their team is lacking. This is the exact same logic as in this situation however with a bigger focus on the individual, although there will be analysis of team movements as well.
It is important to point out that this camp is very football heavy. There are no theme park or cultural landmarks to visit and football is at the centre of everything that happens, which for many football crazy kids is the ultimate dream.
If any player has a niggle or a minor injury, time is made for physical care and preparation. All in all, this camp is targeted at 7 to 20 year-olds who adore football and would choose football over anything else.
- 08:30am Mental conditioning and coach brief
- 09:00am Tactical / Technical training
- 11:00am Shower and coach brief
- 12:00pm Lunch and rest in rooms
- 2:00pm Video Analysis or physical preparation or care / physical therapy
- 03:00pm Tactical / Technical training
- 04:30pm Shower and Snack
- 05:00pm Coach brief
- 06:00pm Video Analysis or physical preparation or care / physical therapy
Participants should aim to arrive on Monday at 8am as the camp will begin then with kit handout and room check ins. Further information about arrival will be provided when you book the camp.
Departure will be Friday at the end of the certificate ceremony.
Practical information – transport
Address : Domaine De Blonay, 74500 Publier
- Accessible by public transport : No
- Accessible by car: Yes
Closest airports: Geneva Airport and International Lausanne Airport
About the football Camp and the club
The Paris Saint Germain Football Academy Geneva Camp, open to 7 to 17 year-olds, offers its participants the chance to undergo a week of intense preparation designed to get you ready for the season ahead and improve your technique and skills. An emphasis is also put on developing your footballing brain and the professional coaches will push you as far as possible in order to improve.
The program and the way that the coaches teach and engage with the players has been in development at PSG for around fifty years, attempting to find the best method for creating world class players. This has definitely succeeded for many players at PSG, for both those who go through the Academy and those who come to the club early in their development.
An example of a player going through the Academy and finding international recognition is Dan-Axel Zagadagou. He won the equivalent of the Club World Cup for youth teams as well as the French Youth Cup with PSG and he matured into a confident player in his time there. He is only twenty two now but is a regular starter for Borussia Dortmund and he has impressed fans and pundits alike in his time in Germany.
One of PSG’s two best players currently is the 21 year old Frenchman Kyllian Mbappe. He burst onto the scene with Monaco, scoring goals against massive teams like Manchester City in the Champions League. He transferred to PSG in 2017 and his progression has been astronomical.
He is known for his burst of pace, speed, strength, quality of dribbling and expert finishing. Although he was already a very exciting player before joining PSG, he has matured into one of the best players in the world. Other Monaco players from the same team that he was in had the same amount of potential but have faded into irrelevance whereas Kyllian Mbappe, thanks to his development by the PSG coaches, is now touted to replace Ronaldo and Messi as the best player in the world.
A great component of this camp that many similar football camps do not offer is the importance given to off the pitch development. Video analysis sessions provide an amazing opportunity for the players to evaluate themselves and see how they play. This will really help them, allowing them to see what they are doing wrong and what they should be doing.
It is similar to half-time analysis and punditry on TV and it is an area in which football has developed hugely in recent years. Some managers and coaches swear by thorough video analysis of their training sessions and their opposition’s matches to refine their systems and improve the results.
PSG’s reputation as one of the best academies in the world and the best in France is no accident and the coaches are handpicked so that every member of the team knows exactly what they want to achieve with the players in terms of their improvement.
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