A GROUP of local footballers will enjoy their Easter holidays more than most this year as they prepare for a visit to the home of Spanish champions Real Madrid this week.
The group are part of the Coerver Coaching School which has an academy based locally at Rock Celtic. Players, ranging from the ages of 6-15 train at Sandy Lane every Tuesday. The Rock Celtic academy is one of 23 academies across Ireland with many more across the UK and Europe.
Coerver Coaching is a global football coaching programme inspired by the teachings of legendary Dutch coach Weil Coerver. Aimed at developing kids from the age of five onwards, the course is endorsed by several of the top football clubs around the world, such as Arsenal, Newcastle, Bayern Munich and AC Milan.
It is regarded as the world’s number one soccer skills teaching method, as it allows for the development of skilled, confident, creative players based on a technical foundation.
Current Dundalk FC player Patrick Hoban is a coach with the local academy at Rock Celtic FC.
The party of 80, which includes players from Dundalk, Belfast, Donegal, Kerry, Limerick, Dublin, Galway, will fly out from Dublin today, March 26, and will spend five days in the Spanish capital.
During the trip they will participate in five days of training at the coerver coaching International Camp with two sessions each day. All sessions are taken by professional coaches from English Premier League and Spanish La Liga clubs.
The youngsters will also undergo one hour of Spanish lessons per day and will also have the opportunity to relax by the swimming pool that is on hand.
However the main attraction of the stay will be the visit to nine-time European Cup winners Real Madrid where the group will take in a tour of the world famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium.