Coerver Coaching

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Saturday 17th March 2018 saw Coerver® England & Wales Director, Scott Wright head back to Madrid to lecture at the Real Madrid University for the fifth consecutive year.

The MSc in Talent Identification and Development in Soccer Course, which is held at the Villaviciosa de Odon campus, is ran in joint partnership between the European University of Madrid (Universidad Europea) and the world’s biggest football club, Real Madrid CF.

The prestigious course provides students with access to some of the leading organisations within world football – AFC Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, GNK Dinamo Zargreb and Sevilla FC are just a handful of top level clubs that have presented on the course recently.

During the 1-day class, Scott presented both theory and practical sessions aimed at providing the students with an insight into the evolution of Coerver® Coaching since being founded in 1984.

“Once again, it was truly an honour for myself and Coerver® Coaching to be invited back to deliver on one of the most prestigious football education courses available in the world” said Scott. “One of the objectives of the course is for the best students to progress into working at the club.”

“As it stands around 75% of all Real Madrid academy groups between U8-U19 have a current or former course student as a staff member so it’s fantastic to see the employment pathway being developed between the course and the club.”

“I look forward to returning to Madrid next year and to continue the wonderful relationship that has been built since we first started to work together on the course in 2013.”

Guillermo Hamdan Zaragoza is a pivotal member of the course faculty – providing support to course director, David Viejo Romero and said “When we did the curriculum for the Master programme, we thought we needed Coerver® to be a part of it because it is such a big brand worldwide. We thought that if we want to have a top programme, we needed Coerver® to be part of this.”

“We hope that this relationship continues not only now but also for the future as our programme continues to grow.”

To view our behind the scenes video from the course at the Real Madrid University, click HERE

On the 10th May 2018, 20 coaches from the Coerver® Coaching England and Wales network travelled to Lisbon, Portugal to participate in the 2018 Coerver® EW Coach PRO Tour.

Coerver® Coaching’s Global Youth Development partner, SL Benfica, opened the doors to their academy to provide a comprehensive behind the scenes study visit at what is one of the most successful player development setups in the world.

In content-packed weekend schedule, SL Benfica provided the PRO Tour with a truly first class experience from the first minute to the last.

Friday 11th May saw an early departure as the PRO Tour spent the entire day at SL Benfica’s world class academy facility – Caixa Futebol Campus. First on the agenda was observation of the U19s final training and preparation ahead of their Saturday evening game against Sporting CP.

Attendees were then provided with a full tour of the campus which includes 6 grass pitches, 2 artificial pitches, player accommodation and, most notably, the revolutionary 360s simulator.

Final events at Caixa on Friday saw key SL Benfica academy staff deliver presentations on the club’s philosophy, player development, scouting and sports science followed by observation of the U16 boys training session.

Day 2 of the PRO Tour provided the opportunity to observe what happens on the training pitch in competitive games. The first game saw SL Benfica’s U23 men take on FC Porto.

After a tight 0-0 first half between two highly technical teams, Chris Wilcock – a recent signing from Arsenal FC – proved the difference between the two sides as Benfica raced to a 3-0 win.

The second game of the day was the highly anticipated U19s match between SL Benfica and Sporting CP. In front of a crowd of nearly 1000 people, João Félix – widely regarded as SL Benfica’s next star, put in a great performance and contributed with 2 goals in a 3-1 victory.

The final PRO Tour day was dedicated to the first team. In the morning, attendees were given a full tour of SL Benfica’s stadium – Estádio da Luz and included a visit to the club’s newly updated history museum and lunch in the stadium’s corporate suite.

The 2018 Coach PRO Tour concluded on Sunday evening with a return to Estádio da Luz for SL Benfica’s final league game of the season – a game which saw them secure a place in the 2018-19 Champions League qualification stages with a 1-0 win over Moreirense FC.

“The 2018 Coach PRO Tour is the second trip that we have been able to offer members of our network following on from the trip to Real Madrid CF in 2016” said Coerver® EW Director, Scott Wright.

“SL Benfica are at the pinnacle of player development and this tour provided a fantastic opportunity for coaches to get behind the scenes at one of the world’s most productive academies.”

“The club have been exceptional in hosting us and the weekend has been a tremendous success. Our thanks go to SL Benfica for their first class hospitality and we look forward to providing future tours for our network members.”

To see images from the 2018 Coach PRO Tour click HERE.

May 2018 saw the launch of the latest Coerver® EW tutorial in partnership with Match! Magazine based on Brazil and Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino.

The “Unlock Agility like Firmino” content features Coerver® West Midlands Performance Academy players, Louis Harris and Dan Cooper who put the latest adidas® NEMEZIZ 17.1 Deadly Strike Pack boots through their paces during the challenge.

You can see the full tutorial over on the Match! Academy website.