Would you like your child to be taught soccer by one of the best clubs in the world and in some of the mosst picturesque settings? AC Milan soccer camps in France, Italy and Spain are the ultimate opportunity to experience what it is like to train like a professional while still having a fun holiday that the campers will never forget.
The Roses/ Empuria Brava camp is less than thirty kilometres away from the French border and 160 kilometres from Barcelona. Roses is a commune set in the unique Costa Brava and it is alive with culture and activities.
For those who enjoy hiking and mountain biking, the Aiguamolls nature reserve is a wonderful, natural parkland and contains an animal sanctuary stretching up from the coast to the Pyrenees Mountains.
There is also a very good water park in the area and there is also skydiving, sailing, speedboats and horserising available to do easily, so it is perfect for those looking for an active beach holiday.
The camp can either be full board or done as a day camp. There are two possible hotels where the campers will be hosted, called the Hotel Goya Park and Hotel Xons. Three or four players sleep in the same rooms and all facilities that you would expect, such as Wi-Fi, a bathroom with shower and a television are provided.
The players will train at the Figueiras Stadium, which has a lovely grass field. All meals are provided for full board while just lunch cill be prepared for the day campers, with an emphasis on healthy and tasty food that will allow for recovery and development. The will also play games against teams from the local area.
Some excursions will be organised, exploring the town of Roses as well as the ports and other surroundings. The sea is a mere 150 metres away and many fun activities like mini golf, table tennis and foosball are available too.
The Borgo Valsugana soccer camp takes place in the Centro Sportivo Valsugana in the Dolomites. It is a charming place and the best attractions include the Santa Maria parish church, which features a marble altar by the famous marble polisher Francesco Corradi, and the San Rocco church, which dates all the way back to the 16th century. You can acquire local handicraft products in the area.
Perfect for trips in the surroundings is the Val di Sella, a lovely place that showcases the beauty of nature. . This is also where the ArteNatura parcours is situated, where tourists get the chance to admire pieces of art from different artists, shown in the context of the project “Arte Sella” which combines art and natural landscapes.
This camp can also either be full board or day camp, with the same care given to the diets of the campers. All training sessions and rooms are in the Centro Sportivo Valsugana, where the sporting facilities and the rooms themselves are maintained to a rigorous standard. There are several grass fields and everything necessary for a soccer camp.
Excursions are also offered in this camp such as mountain hikes, swimming in the natural mountain lakes and doing sightseeing in the towns. Group activities involve the swimming pool that is in the centre and more relaxed team sports.
Epernay, known as the “champagne capital”, is set in a beautiful region of France, famous for producing champagne. There are over 450 producers in the Champagne wine area and those who wish to visit vineyards, which are just as likely to be tiny and quaint as acres and acres of flat land, can follow the discovery trails.
It is not just the sparkling wine that attracts tourists to the region however, with many cultural and historical sights to see dotted around the region. Joan of Arc, who plays a massive part in France’s history, and Général de Gaulle, who was the first president of the Fifth Republic both have links to the region, and you can even visit De Gaulle’s grave.
This camp is exclusively a day camp, meaning that there is no accommodation. The camp occurs at the Stade Paul Chandon, and campers should arrive at 9AM and be picked up at 6PM.
There are six high quality soccer fields for the training sessions, with two that are slightly bigger. During the camp, the players will also have important lessons about the diet and nutrition that a professional athlete needs and initiation to first aid techniques, something that too few people know.
Lunch is provided and it will be healthy meal that gives the players all the energy for the soccer sessions. Local animators will also organise fun group games as well as other activities and the campers will have no time to be bored!
The Bordeaux/Lormont camp takes place at the Stade Jules Ladoumègue and is also a day camp. It includes two training sessions and lunch as well as a snack in the afternoon, called ‘gouter’ in France. The stadium is a grass field that is maintained throughout the year and is the kind that professional teams will play on.
This camp follows a similar schedule as Nantes and Epernay, and just like the other French camps, the players should be dropped off at around 9 AM and picked up in the evening at around 6 PM. This gives plenty of time for all the soccer sessions but also for the extra activities that are planned, like the nutrition lesson, the first aid initiation and the fun group activities.
Bordeaux, the fifth biggest urban area in France, is set in the commune of Lormont. There is a vast variety of sights to see and activities to enjoy in the region. There are many awe inspiring castles that were home to some of the most important people of France, such as the Chateau de Lormont which hosted the Black Prince and Catherine d’Aquitaine.
Other than castles, the region also has a lot to offer, such as the Pont d’Aquitaine, which is an incredible structure, needing nearly 12,000 kilometres of cable to suspend it over the river. The Hermitage Parc offers beautiful views and there are many trails and hikes that are magnificent.
The final camp takes place in Nantes, at the Complexe Sportif LLOSC. The astro turf field is the perfect setting for the AC Milan coaches to teach the methodology of the club and it is an all-weather field, meaning that if the weather is not clement, it is not an issue.
Once again, this camp is half board which means that lunch will be provided but no other meals. Campers should arrive at 9 AM and be picked up at 6 PM, and the lessons on nutrition and diet as well the initiation to first aid will also be conducted.
Loroux-Botterau is a commune in the Loire Atlantique, a county named after the river that runs through it as well as the ocean that it is on the coast of. It is a far cry away from the bustle of a place like Paris and there are many calm and beautiful areas to relax in.
The main city in the region is Nantes, the sixth largest in France. The Fine Art Museum is the biggest in the city and has an extensive collection of some of the finest art since the Renaissance. There is also a former biscuit factory that has been transformed into a centre for contemporary culture called Le Lieu Unique, or The Unique Place.
Outside of Nantes, there are other notable places to visit. The stained glass window of the church of Batz-sur-Mer is a truly a sight to behold, and there are many beaches to relax on as well. Le Croisic is a lovely place to spend time in, a relatively small commune with plenty of character.
Despite being spread across Europe, the AC Milan camps follow the same general schedule because it has been developed as the best possible version over the past fifteen years or so. The camps are open to everyone between the ages of seven and seventeen and aim to provide an unforgettable few days or week of fun and football.
It mixes making new friends with tactical and technical soccer lessons, delivered by expert coaches who have been selected by AC Milan as well as formed so that they can maximise the campers’ improvement on the fields and their enjoyment of the overall holiday.
Typically, there will be a wake-up before 8 AM and a healthy breakfast preceding the first training session of the day. Sessions are relatively typical and campers can expect conventional drills and games. Usually, one specific skill will be trained such as short passing, shots, long passing or dribbling. Then, bigger games will be organised to put the newly practised skill into action.
Afterwards, campers will have a more relaxed activity which will be going to the pool or the beach where possible. This allows them to enjoy themselves with their friends and have a little break from soccer so that they are even more keen later on!
There will be a second training after a healthy lunch. A big advantage of these sessions is the presence and know-how of the coaches. They are specialised in the Milan way of playing but they are also experienced in coaching children, which should mean that each player has individual feedback and a personalised experience at the camp.
The other big advantage is the knowledge that the coaches will be trying to transmit to the players, something that can transform an average player into a fantastic one. Often, young players haven’t been given the proper tools and information to take their game to next level, and this is something that the coaches will try and give the campers.
Fun activities will be organised as well as group entertainment which will help the young campers form meaningful friendships. The campers will also be given important life skills such as how to balance their diet and introductions to first aid.
The AC Milan camps cannot guarantee that your child will become professional footballers, however it can guarantee the holiday of a lifetime and the means with which your child can become a better player.
While the three camps in France do not offer this option, the Spanish and Italian have a coach transfer system that is included in the price. If you choose not to use it and drop your kids off yourself, the camp costs eighty euros less.
For the Borgo Valsugana camp, a coach will take the campers from Metz, Nancy and Strasbourg Mulhouse to the camp, and there is a train from Paris to Metz called the TGV, or high speed train, although the train ticket is not included.
Thionville, Florange, Metz, Nancy, Dijon, Beaune, Macon, Lyon, Valence, Nimes, Montpellier and Perpignan are the places where the coach can pick up campers for the Roses/Empuria Brava camp, with the same train going from Paris to Metz if needed.
All five camps offer personalised training for goalkeepers. This comes at no extra cost but the keepers will be well taken care of, sometimes training separately from the outfield players in order to teach them skills such as positioning, handling, diving and many more.
The AC Milan summer camps were set up in 2006 with a simple objective: provide enjoyable holidays for young soccer players in which they can also improve and learn more about the sport that they love. Over fifteen years, the methodology has been developed and has now become a guarantee of quality and professionalism.
The staff are highly qualified and highly competent. They not only know how to coach soccer in an accessible and effective way but they are also there to ensure that all the campers enjoy themselves, feel included and learn important things about respect, friendship and life in general.
The coaches understand the AC Milan philosophy and try to implement the values and principles that are so important to the Italian club. AC Milan has been a mainstay of Italian and international football, winning 18 FIFA and UEFA trophies, which is the fourth highest of any club in the world, as well as winning the second most Serie A titles and only spending two seasons outside of the top flight since 1929.
In Italy, soccer is taken very, very seriously and it is a lot more than just a sport in many places. Respect is also crucial, which is why AC Milan has retired two shirt numbers: the 3 for Paolo Maldini and the 6 for Franco Baresi. Both players poured blood, sweat and tears into the club and Milan has shown them so much love in return out of respect not just for the players, but also for soccer.
Milan’s Academy produced those two legends, but it has also produced some other fantastic players over the years. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, winner of the Golden Boot in the Premier League, was formed there and although he was released, the Academy was pivotal in his career, giving him the opportunity to progress in the soccer world.
AC Milan’s team has been full of Academy graduates in recent years, as the players recognise what the club can do for them. It was the case for De Sciglio and currently is the case for Donnaruma, the club’s young goalkeeper.
At its core, the AC Milan soccer camp is the chance for your child to have a fantastic vacation all while being taught and improving their soccer in the unique and effective Milan way.