Parents want their footballer children to learn a useful second language that will distinguish them in the professional workplace and to become more inter-culturally competent and experienced. ~Joey Bilotta, EduKick President
Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) September 05, 2014
EduKick International Football Academies (EIFA) 2014/15 Residential Academic Year Soccer & Education Courses officially "kicked off" this week in Spain, England and other EduKick venues around the world.
EduKick provides academic year soccer academy boarding schools (also half-year, semester, monthly & summer language immersion football camps) in Spain, England, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, USA and Mexico with full-time educational options (ESL, EFL, BTEC Sports Science, Foreign Language Study, IGCSE and A-Level, and USA 8-12 Online Distance Learning).
The two most popular EduKick venues worldwide are EduKick Madrid and EduKick Manchester. EduKick President & Founder, Joey Bilotta credits the popularity of these country's world renown professional football leagues and football pedigree of it's players and also the need for international student-athletes to learn important second languages such as English and Spanish in this modern-day competitive, global market.
Bilotta explains, "We have seen our Manchester & Madrid academies become very popular with our international footballers over the last 6 or 7 years. Parents want their children to learn a useful second language that will help distinguish them in the professional workplace and become more inter-culturally competent and experienced. The participating players are attracted to Spain and England because arguably, they have the two best professional leagues on the planet and attract the most popular superstar soccer players."
The EduKick Manchester Football Academy is EduKick's most popular venue this academic year with nearly 30 players attending the year-long course currently and an additional 8-10 expected to arrive in January for the half-year course offered.
Participating players can expect daily soccer training and regular matches throughout the academic year and exposure to professional clubs is provided on a constant basis in the following three (3) key ways.
Firstly, competitive friendly matches are scheduled on a regular basis. Throughout the season the EduKick Manchester squad will play competitive matches against professional and semi-professional club youth academy or development squads or against local North West College teams whose coaches are also scouts for professional and semi-professional clubs.
There are two categories of fixtures at EduKick Manchester: "Development" fixtures, where all available players receive equal playing time and exposure and "Target" fixtures, where a squad is selected based upon performance in previous training sessions and development matches.
A second way EduKick exposes players to the pro game is by holding professional club guest coaching sessions. EduKick Manchester has affiliations with many professional clubs in the North West of England and each month the EduKick Manchester squad will receive two guest coaching sessions from professional club coaches. One session will take place at the EduKick Manchester training complex and the second follow-up session will take place at the facilities of the professional club.
Lastly, EduKick conducts Open Football Trials. All EduKick Manchester participants are entered into open trial events that take place in the North West of England during the Winter, Spring and Fall (Autumn) seasons. EduKick has carefully selected and partnered with a well-respected and ethically minded UK national scouting/trials organization to give participants the maximum opportunity to expose their talents in front of the invited professional & semi-professional club scouts & coaches.
Other EduKick soccer and education academy venues include, Perugia, Italy, Cannes, France, Hennef, Germany, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and starting in 2015/16 a new US based venue in Santa Barbara, California. In each venue participating players (and parents if under 18 years of age) choose from a selection of academic pathways to combine with their daily, intense and progressive soccer training regimen.
Because of EduKick's extensive international marketing efforts over the past decade on the internet, through educational consultants, and via social media, the ethnic diversity at EduKick International Football Academies has become extremely impressive.
For example, there are 27 international players attending EduKick Manchester presently from 18 different countries. At EduKick Madrid it’s a similar situation with the 2014/15 academy class consisting of footballers from around the world (Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas). EduKick academy players are enriched by learning about several other cultures (of their academy teammates), not just the culture of the EduKick program they happen to be participating in. This inter-cultural exchange nicely compliments the overall EduKick soccer and education experience abroad.
Because the demand from lady footballers worldwide, in 2012, EduKick made a concerted effort to design a specific football and education course for international female players. Currently in Spain, female players can register to participate for an academic year or longer in the EduKick Madrid Female Football Academy.
This soccer school for girls combines daily academy morning training sessions with insertion onto a Madrid area competitive female club for an additional three evening training sessions and weekend match play. Interested female players can "follow" the current course via their "Female Football - Soccer & Education Academy" Facebook Fan Page.
Registration is now open for footballers worldwide from 12-24 years of age to begin in January 2015 for the EduKick "Half-Year" Courses or September 2015 for the "2015/16 Academic-Year" Course.
To inquire or to Register, Interested parties please contact EduKick direct at the contact information provided in this release.