a.f.c. ajax and the royal belgian football association training program

emphasizing development at the youth level

generation  adidas  international offers young  players  of  all  ages  and  abilities the opportunity to experience the youth development approach of one of the most famous soccer clubs in the world – A.F.C. Ajax. The Ajax Academy facility is named ‘De Toekomst’, which means ‘future’ – a fitting name given Ajax’s reputation for developing top Dutch talent from a young age. In  fact,  most  of  the current  Ajax  starters  have  developed  their skills in this Academy. It  is  considered  by  many  to  be  the  best Academy  in  the  world. Come experience Ajax’s youth development philosophy firsthand while visiting the beautiful city of Amsterdam and staying at the Papendal, the Dutch Olympic Sports Complex.

Ajax is the most successful club in the Netherlands and has always played in the highest league, the Eredivisie, since its foundation in 1956. They have won 33 Eredivisie League titles, 18 Dutch Cups, and 8 Dutch Super Cups, as well as 4 UEFA Champions League titles, 1 UEFA  Cup, 3  European  Super  Cups and 1  European   Winnersʼ Cup.

The Royal Belgian Football Association, also known as KVBV, is the governing body of soccer and futsal in Belgium. Less than 20 years ago, the KVBV made a bold decision to redesign the country’s soccer blueprint by adopting the same vision for clubs, national teams and coaches. They began by implementing a particular style of play in under-18 teams across the country and emphasizing development at the youth level. They deemphasized the importance of winning and urged a delayed introduction to full-size pitches, opting for five-a-side and seven-a-side play. The national team experienced an explosion of talented youth players and some of the biggest names today in soccer are a testament to the blueprint. These players include Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne, Chelsea phenomenon Eden Hazard, Manchester United striker-midfield duo Romelu Lekaku and Maroane Fellaini, and goalkeeping sensation Thibaut Courtois. You’ll experience first hand the recipe for success that revolutionized soccer in Belgium and propelled the Belgian national team to one of the top ten in FIFA world rankings today.

 

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!

Day 1:

  • Depart for Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Day 2:

  • Arrive in Amsterdam.
  • Check into hotel to rest and relax.
  • Light training session with your own coaches.
  • Attend Eredivisie match (optional and additional cost).

Day 3:

  • Training session #1 with A.F.C. Ajax certified coach.
  • Tour of world famous A.F.C. Ajax “DeToekomst” training complex.
  • Training session #2 with A.F.C. Ajax certified coach.

Day 4:

  • Sightseeing in Amsterdam: Rembrandt Square, Dam Square, Anne Frank House (optional and additional ticket cost).
  • Competitive friendly game #1 vs. top level Dutch youth team.

Day 5:

  • Sightseeing in Amsterdam: Canal boat ride.
  • Competitive friendly game #2 vs. top level Dutch youth team.
Day 6:

  • Tour A.F.C. Ajax’s “Amsterdam Arena”.
  • Transfer to Brussels.
  • Check into hotel to rest and relax.
  • Training session with your own coaches.

Day 7:

  • Morning and afternoon training sessions #1 and #2 at the Royal Belgian Football Association complex with certified coaches.

Day 8:

  • Tour R.S.C.A. Anderlecht’s Arena.
  • Sightseeing in Ghent.

Day 9:

  • Competitive friendly game #3 vs. top level Belgian youth team. Sightseeing in downtown Brussels.

Day 10:

  • Depart from Brussels, Belgium.
Your Experience Includes:

  • 8 nights accommodation in a 3* or 4* hotel
  • All required ground transportation throughout the program*
  • Team Coordinator to be with team at all times, 24/7
  • Medical and cancellation insurance
  • Laundry for Players (Uniforms, 3 loads)
  • All training session fields and equipment
  • 3 pre-arranged competitive friendly games against Dutch and Belgian opponents
  • generation adidas international promo product
  • Social media coverage during your training program
  • Sightseeing in Amsterdam, Ghent and Brussels
  • 2 training sessions with A.F.C. Ajax certified coaches
  • Stadium and facilities tours
  • 2 training sessions with certified coaches from the Royal Belgian Football Association
  • Meal Plan: 2 meals per day. Breakfast each day, and lunch or dinner

* Roundtrip airfare is not included, but will be sourced for the group.

Optional items:

  • Match tickets to professional games (subject to availability)
  • Additional items such as phone calls, beverages, and snacks
  •  Admission fees to any cultural or leisure activities not listed in itinerary
  • Any other items not specified under the “Program Includes” section

Having the girls meeting the Real Madrid players was an unforgettable experience for them. Also training and staying at the top class facilities of the City of Futbol gave us the opportunity to really prepare for the season

Matt Yelton Head Coach -Lee University Women

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Laura Romer and Pablo Gelaf Parents