Would you like your child to be train at the home of England’s most dominant club in the last decade? Manchester City’s soccer camp participants will be taught by a team of coaches and specialists that have nurtured and developed the talents of players like Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany, built around the mindset of legendary manager Pep Guardiola.
This Residential Camp is perfect for players who want to develop their skills and become better overall soccer players through coaching in the specific and winning Manchester City way. There are two different programs depending on age, adapted to either developing the basics and introducing more advanced areas for the younger players, or to improving the more advanced parts of the game for the older players.
(All the weeks below are available for boys. Only 2 for girls)
The Language camp, which is either one or two weeks, is perfect for players who want to improve their English and their soccer. The lessons will be pure language lessons, and their quality is confirmed by the British Council and Eaquals, which is an international guarantee. The lessons will also be linked to soccer to make them more fun and interactive, and help the players understand the coaching sessions even better. The days will be half language lessons, and half soccer coaching sessions, so the players can be sure that they will improve considerably on two fronts!
(All the weeks below are available for boys. Only one for girls)
The Manchester City soccer camp takes place in the Etihad Campus. The campus includes the Etihad Stadium. and is mostly owned and run by Manchester City. It also includes the City Football Academy (CFA) training facility and club world headquarters as well as some undeveloped land adjacent to both facilities. It is in England, and the coaches and specialists as well as other players will all be speaking English.
The people of Manchester are known for their good spiritedness and general friendliness. This is the case for most of the north of England, people are welcoming and helpful. Manchester is a lovely place to visit all year round, with lovely people and many cultural experiences waiting to be had and sights waiting to be seen.
The infrastructure at the camp is some of the best at any soccer camp in the world. Daily training is performed on the Academy pitches. You can be assured of their quality since these are the pitches used to develop the young future stars of the Sky Blues.
There is also a full-sized indoor pitch in the center of the CFA’s central training facility that provides a unique experience for players. Like a tennis player discovering a surface they have never played on before, it is an experience that most players should have.
The Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP), frequently used by first team players, will also be explored, showing what a high performing institute for the development of human athletic performance looks like.
Connell College will provide the setting for workshops, off the pitch lessons and lunches. It is a modern educational building that is perfect for teaching the participants important lessons about football, tactics, discipline and teamwork.
Accommodation takes the form of modern university halls from the University of Salford. It is a twenty-minute private bus ride away from the pitches and the rooms are designed to be functional, comfortable and welcoming.
Each room is en-suite and players will also have access to a swimming pool, sports facilities, communal lounges with Sky TV, games consoles, pool tables, a cinema room and Internet access (Wi-Fi), so there is always fun to be had and activities to do during the free time.
Kit is washed free of charge, but if there is extra personal washing to do, then there are washing machines available.
The Manchester City soccer camp is full board. Breakfast and dinner are served at the residence which is designed to cater to university students.
Lunches are had at the Connell Residence unless there is a weekend excursion, in which case a nutritious packed lunch will be provided.
The residence has security surveilling it twenty-four hours a day. Because it is university accommodation, it is secluded from the rest of Salford, so it is unlikely that there are any security issues.
Even if there are, campus security patrol the premises and are active all day every day so there is no reason to be worried.
There are three courses to choose from: the development program for 9 to 13-year-olds, the performance program for boys aged 14 to 17 or the performance program for girls aged 14 to 17.
The development program concentrates on the fundamentals of the game. All skills will be practiced such as passing, dribbling and shooting, and the coaches will complement the drills by explaining some of the most important lessons in football.
At this age, it is important to concentrate as much on tactics and understanding the game of football as on physical performance to develop talent, and the development program has been organised with this in mind.
The performance program for girls is based around thirty hours of football training alongside competitive, performance based tests and interactive workshops. Personal evaluations allow the girls to visibly improve over the course of the camp.
The camp focuses on the three following aspects: Football Performance, Human Performance and Development of Talent. Participants will not only be taught how to play, but also how to teach themselves and improve on their own.
Trainings are girls only and there is always female staff available. This is the chance to train like the Manchester City’s Women team for a full week.
The performance program for boys also focuses on Football Performance, Human Performance and Development of Talent. There are also 30 hours of football trainings and interactive workshops that will improve technique and tactics.
Furthermore, there is a considerable focus on behaviour off the pitch. Coaches will teach your children what they should be eating in order to maximise their physical potential. Also, if you take the language camp lessons, the players will gain valuable knowledge and will improve their language skills, and of all of this is done in an enjoyable and interactive way that will be sure to keep the campers’ attention!
Work ethic and discipline are the bare minimum a footballer needs, so attitude is taken very seriously at the camp. Guardiola’s team always immediately hunt down the ball when they lose it, and this will be expected of the players. They must show their desire to push yourself as much as you can, and that is when tney will improve the most.
Participants will need to arrive in Manchester before 4PM on a Sunday to start the five night course.
The address to go to is the following: Peel Park Quarter, Campus Living Villages, University Road, Salford M5 4NJ.
It is accessible by car and the international Manchester Airport is nearby.
If you can’t drop your child off at the camp, a return airport transfer can be organised for 100 pounds. This can be done after you book the camp, and you will receive this information once you have booked.
To guarantee that there is a named person to meet unaccompanied minors, there is a charge of 120 pounds for unaccompanied minors arriving at the airport.
The Manchester City soccer camps are a unique opportunity for boys and girls from ages 9 through to 17 to be shown the elite Manchester City mindset. It will also be the holiday of a lifetime, as players from all around the world are welcomed at the Etihad Campus in Manchester.
In England, football is more than just a game and it is full of passion from the bright lights of the Premier League to the muddy, waterlogged pitches of Sunday football. For the city of Manchester, this is particularly true as it hosts two of the best teams in England. Although it has historically been the red of Manchester United, the city has been gradually been painted blue in the last eight years, since City won their first title.
City have stood apart in recent years from other English teams thanks to their flair. They are not only very dominant, they also play attractive football, and the team is very clearly coached with an emphasis on passing, attacking fluidity and movement, both on and off the ball. This is something that will be explored further in the camp.
The player who represents City’s attacking prowess the best is Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian playmaker exudes class and has been instrumental to City’s success. He combines exceptional vision with precise execution and on his day, there is no better midfielder. Despite being a midfielder, he has scored important goals against Chelsea, Arsenal, United, PSG and many more teams, proving that he will perform in big games.
A large reason for City and De Bruyne’s success is the mastermind behind it, Pep Guardiola. Many think of him as the best manager of all time, and looking at his trophy cabinet and past teams, it is not difficult. He has achieved total domination in Spain and Germany with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and it seems he’s intent on doing the same in England.
Guardiola’s teams succeed because they dominate possession and provide the perfect blank canvas for the creative forward players can artfully design their attacks. With the skill they have in their ranks, it is almost inevitable to be broken down by this team and having the ball usually does not provide much respite. He orders his teams to press high and this often leads to goals.
Guardiola’s tactical understanding of the game is incredible, and his intelligence is clear any time he speaks. This camp is the chance to get a deeper look into these tactics that make Guardiola teams so successful, as participants will be taught his authentic way of playing and understanding football.
This camp is open both in the spring and the summer. Summers are often sunny and warm, but it tends to rain often in the spring. England is built for this kind of weather however, and rainy conditions shape player’s desire, technique and passion. As well as this, the camp even has a full sized indoor pitch.