Thanks to all..

Feb 08, 11 Thanks to all..

Dear Coach,

Thank you for attending the Champion FCBarcelona Coaching Clinic at Carton House.   It truly was a memorable experience for both Antonio and I and we hope you felt the same.

It was a fantastic 2 days and apart from the weather we truly enjoyed every part of it from the theory session in the morning to the drills and Q&A in the afternoon. It was great to meet so many like minded coaches and mentors. Albert was a true gent and his interaction and patience with the kids was something special, I think we could all learn a thing or two from Albert’s way of coaching.

We hope you enjoyed the day and like us felt it was something very special to have a coach of Albert Benaiges calibre, who not only is an amazing man but has also someone who has nurtured some of the world greatest players. It was fantastic to see how he interacts with kids and coaches.

I hope the experience has made you realise that winning is not everything and development is what we need to start working on more. Albert said that from u7s to 16s should not be about winning, only about development and teaching the players to be good people. With this is mind, we look forward to bringing Sporting Club De Portugal (Sporting Lisbon) to Ireland in May.

More details to follow shortly so make sure we have your correct email address.

Amazing facts about Sporting Club De Portugal

The only club in the world that has developed through the academy two FIFA world players of the year. Luis Figo started in Sporting age 13 and Ronaldo started in Sporting age 12.

Currently has 7 players in the 1st team which came through the Academy

10 other players internally developed are playing for 1st teams

Transfer out last year over 20million for Joao Moutinho and Miguel Veloso

2010/2011 3 new players coming up from the Academy have integrated into the 1st team, Vitor Golas, Cedric Soares and Andre Santos

Average of 7 players on each Portuguese national teams from u16 to u19 (10 sporting players are currently on Portugal’s u17 national team)

Since the new academy open in 2002, 24 players from the youth teams integrated in Sporting professional teams

Since 2002 the Academy have developed more than 100 players currently playing in professional football in Portugal (75) and around Europe (25)

Since 2002 Sporting obtained gains of more than €90m with transfers of players developed in the Academy

2008: UEFA Classified Sporting Academy in the top 3 in the World alongside FC Barcelona and Lyon

2010: Sporting had been awarded with the certification system for quality management, ISO9001 and also received the recognition of the first level of excellence from the European Foundation for quality management. Sporting are the first Academy in Europe to achieve this recognitions.

Sporting is a recognized as a world leader in Youth Football and Player Development

Sporting has 30 Schools in Portugal with over 6,000 kids of which 45 join the full Academy every year

NEW Academy to open this year are South Africa and Saudi Arabia

Sporting plan to open Academies in Europe (Ireland) USA, South America, Turkey, China, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan,

Sporting will open a School in Toronto in May; Sporting Club Toronto

The museum situated in stadium of Jose Alvalade has more than 16.000 Cups and Trophies.

Need we say more….

Pic. Luis Figo

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