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Soccer Tips: How to Train on the Go

When You Can’t Get to the Gym

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When you can’t hit the gym like these guys, having a back-up workout plan really helps.
But what if you’re stuck in your room, or even on a plane. There are always things you can do to improve your game.
Sometimes, all it takes is a few tweaks in your focus to change you from an average player to an excellent one.
Here are a few ways to make your soccer training more of a priority – even when the gym and the field are miles away.

Daily Discipline: Beyond Footy Skills

If you really want to beef up your game, soccer needs to be with you all day, every day.
A well-trained player knows he can’t slap the “snooze” button on his alarm clock every day or blow off a healthy breakfast in favor of a soda.
No, to really good at what you do, you must use self-discipline in your daily routine on and off the field.
It’s not sexy, but working hard to improve your game means you give up the party to study or go to bed early the night before the big game.
Find that area of your life where you just don’t have self-control, and tackle it until you’re the boss again.

Mental Focus: It’s All in Your Head

Sometimes, the toughest challenges to overcome are in our own minds, especially in sports.
Learning to put yourself through mental exercises as well as physical ones can be your ticket to improving your game.
First, think. What simple mistakes do you repeat on the field?
Everyone has them, but those who take the time to know the “why” will overcome those problems more quickly.
Second, is there a play, a pass, a move you really want to learn? Visualize it. Take yourself mentally through each step, each shift of the play until you have it.
Third, when you’re tired, pressed for time, and just want to get away, take a moment to use your head as a jumbo tron. Close your eyes and remember the best game you ever played. Then play it again in your head.

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You’ll be surprised how relaxing and sometimes revealing this exercise can be. You may discover things about your game you would never see when you’re playing.

Remember: You Can Always Do Push-Ups

Training on the go means working on soccer when there’s no ball or turf anywhere near you.
Pick an exercise or two from the list below that you can do in your room.
Keep the list on your bulletin board, and when you need to take a break from studying – break out the moves.
Great ones for this are squats, kicks, wall-sits and quick heart-pumpers like jumping jacks, push ups and all kinds of jumps.

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English Soccer Academy Student Goes Pro

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Congratulations to Chafik!

Edukick Manchester 2014/15 Year Long participant Chafik Naceri, age 18, from Algeria has recently completed a successful trial with Spanish Second Division club AD Alcorcon.
Chafik has signed a contract – pending visa clearance – to initially join the Second Division Club Reserve Squad who just finished the 2014/15 in second place of the Spanish 3rd Division Region 7 League.

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During the trial, Chafik played in two friendly matches against teams from Real Madrid and Getafe. His performances convinced AD Alcorcon Head Coach to make him part of the 2015/16 Squad.
At EduKick, we’re all about the big chance, and for Chafik, it came through. Great work and good luck, Chafik!
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Soccer Academies: Looking To Next Season

Time to start thinking about fall registration.

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Interest in next season’s programs is already in full swing as potential players are requesting information and getting ready for registration.
Good news is, EduKick has begun to accept registrations for 2015/16 Academic Year season!

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If you’ve been thinking about joining one of our international soccer academies, then now is the time to contact us and get your free information as soon as possible.
The benefits of booking early:

  • Claim your squad number first
  • Meet with and secure your accommodation early
  • Arrange any paperwork for your Visa to avoid any delays
  • Work with the coaches/tutors now to get ahead of the game for next season (current students)
  • And much more!

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Teen Soccer Students Have the Moves!

Watch the EduKick Madrid student-player guys and girls battle it out on the field.
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Manchester's Michael Carrick Coaches EduKick Students!

Our players are being coached by some of the best current and ex-football players and coaches in the pro-soccer world.
EduKick welcomes Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick to our team of guest coaches!
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After linking with the Professional Football Association recently, EduKick Manchester has become an integral part of their Coach Education Program.
This program provides a quick and accessible way for these soccer professionals to get coaching experience, by offering them smart, capable students on whom to practice their coaching skills.
All the Edukick players, so long as they are fit and keep up their scores academically, will have the opportunity to meet and be coached by Michael Carrick, the England Star.

“What a great experience for the boys,” says Mick Brennan, director of Edukick Manchestere. “I bet most of their friends and family back home will be looking on with jealously at the chance these boys have to come, not only to one of the world’s best facilities, but be coached by a world class star.”

Our EduKick Manchester team will travel to the Carrington facilities, the training home of Manchester United Football Club, on a weekly basis so Michael can spend time instructing them.
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During the first session last week, Michael and Merick, the head of Education at Manchester United, taught the EduKick players in two sessions. Michael was fantastic with the team, giving tips even after the session and just enjoying conversing with them.

“Hopefully, they can all take some real experience and knowledge from this, along with some great memories too. A massive ‘Thank You’ to Michael and all the team at the PFA for letting them have this chance. And well done to all the lads who were magnificent today here at Carrington. We look forward to the coming weeks,” offers Brennan.

It’s a credit to the student-players’ attitudes, effort and commitment that they were selected by the PFA and Michael to take part in this exciting program.
Be a part of this growing group of professionals-in-training!

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Summer/Fall 2015 Registration Opens for EduKick Madrid Soccer Training Camps

Excellence in soccer, academic and language training now available to new student-athletes.
The EduKick International Soccer Academy in Madrid, Spain, once again welcomes interest in their summer, fall and year-long programs. This year, they’ve opened their doors to even more students from around the globe.

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The Players

“Our current EduKick Spain family includes young players from around the globe who share a passion for football,” said Joey Bilotta, president of EduKick International. “Our player base is always so diverse, and we look forward to seeing what new countries will be represented this year.”
These young athletes range in age from 13-22 and come for more than just the great soccer training they get from the professional coaches at EduKick.
The international academy offers a learning environment where players not only work on developing their football talent under expert guidance, but also have the opportunity to complete their high school education, learn a new language and experience the culture in a city known for “Spanish football.”
One thing EduKick Madrid makes clear is that education is vital to the complete development of each student. The daily schedule is full of learning and activity.

The Schedule

The student-athletes start the day with football training. Four times a week players make the short walking distance to the training facilities to learn from Football Director, DR. Javier Mallo who puts the players through a strength and conditioning program. Afterward, Head Coach Javier Martin focuses on developing the essential technical and tactical skills required for top-level play.
“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital,” Nacho Mallo, EduKick Madrid director, says regarding the intense practice regimen.
Evenings allow time for the players to join local football teams for their training sessions, giving them the opportunity to train and compete among Spanish football players 2-3 times per week.
In addition, each player receives a personal strength and conditioning fitness plan that compliments the training sessions, along with access to a fully-equipped gym, indoor swimming pool and spa.
Weekends are reserved for games where they may have the opportunity to play in the Madrid Municipality League or the Madrid Federated league based upon eligibility.
Edukick Spain offers two main studying options. Particpants who wish to continue their High School academics can enter our affiliate Spanish private school Colegio Alameda. An intensive Spanish language course at the highly-rated International House Madrid language institute is also available to all students.

The Opportunities

Madrid offers a great range of opportunities for players to discover. Art museums like “El Prado” or “Reina Sofia” (home of Picasso´s “El Guernica”), Royal Palaces and wonderful gardens, shopping avenues, markets, busy squares and above all, lots of football.
Each player who joins the Edukick Spain Year Long Program receives a professional football attendance pack where they get to watch live professional football.
This season players have already seen a home league game of the current Spanish League winner and Champions League finalist At. Madrid at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.
Particpants have also visited Valdebebas, Real Madrid training facilities, a home league game of Real Madrid Castilla (coached by Zinedine Zidane), a home La Liga game of Rayo Vallecano against Sevilla and the great Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Real Madrid vs. At. Madrid.
“We’re proud that all of our student-players are able to get the feeling of professional football that Madrid represents so well,” EduKick’s president and CEO explains. “It’s part of what makes EduKick Madrid the football and academic experience of a lifetime.”
For more information contact EduKick International at 866.338.5425 or internationally at 001.905.469-5661.
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EduKick Manchester: Hearing From the Experts

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Professional Advice

Throughout the year, our EduKick International Acadmies, including Edukick Manchester, bring in the professional people of football. The criteria for this is a successful or lifetime involvement in the sport, local coaches, staff, players and key team members who make it happen.

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Real Life Stories

In this case, we brought in Keith Rees to give real life stories and advice to the players. Keith is the Development and Recruitment Officer as well as Goalkeeper for Everton FC. He is a major participant in the English football system.
Keith spent the whole day at the school and spoke for an hour with the players. He offered them them insight into the values and ethos of the academy at Everton FC. He unfolded for them how communication works between staff and players about expectations and performance.
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Neil Garside, EduKick Manchester Head Coach/BTEC Tutor, spent the last few months on these topics, so it helped to cements these principles into the minds of the student players.

Future Opportunities

As with all the experts we bring in, Keith’s wealth of knowledge brought much to the table. Not only his knowledge of the game, but also what he’s learned from his role at Everton, as an FA assessor of coaches, as a coach mentor, having worked with many top level players and working with Team GB at the Olympics.
We look forward to seeing Keith again, in 2015, as he has invited us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Academy.
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Great Seats to the Big Game

Watch one of the best moments of the Burnley Football Club alongside EduKick Manchester students.
In the Premier League against Aston Villa, Danny Ings scored a late penalty for Burnley FC. One of the Edukick Manchester International Players caught it on camera. All the Edukick Manchester players were at Turf Moor as part of the ultimate soccer academy experience.
Prior to rooting for the Clarets, the student-players had trained heartily in anticipation of a session with the Burnley FC coaching staff. Outings like this are all part of the package at all EduKick International Academies.

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EduKick Madrid Announces New Courses

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EduKick Madrid recently announced plans to offer new goalkeeper and continue their new female footballer courses early this year.

Adding goalkeeper and female specific courses to EduKick Spain is an example of our commitment to being the best football academy in Spain.-EduKick President, Joey Bilotta

Since 2001, EduKick has provided International Football and Education Academy programs for academic year, half-year, semester, monthly and summer language immersion football camps in Spain, England, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, Mexico and the US.
Each venue includes opportunities for full-time educational options such as ESL, EFL, BTEC Sports Science, Foreign Language Study, IGCSE and A-Level, and USA 8-12 Online Distance Learning.
Goal keeper academy
Beginning in January 2015, EduKick Madrid, in association with LA LIGA Goalkeeper coach, Roberto Navajas of Real Sociedad, will open their Madrid-based academy to competitive goalkeepers who want to perfect their skills for their position. This new course features a dedicated coach in the morning training sessions.
Coach Navajas will personally overlook the goalkeeper training curriculum and communicate regularly with attending goalkeepers. Click here to learn more: GOALKEEPER COURSE
Female Soccer Academy
FEMALE SOCCER ACADEMY
September saw the opening of the Female Football Academy Course. This unique female soccer training course is available to international female football players from 13-23 years of age. The female student-players train in the morning alongside the boys, enabling them to test their skills against their male counterparts in the academy.
They also train 2-3 times weekly with the local Spanish Women’s Squad. EduKick Spain inserts all its academy players onto local Madrid area Spanish teams according their their age and level and is affiliated with the famous womens’ only football club, Madrid CFF.
Their first team is in first place in the 2nd Division of Spain`s women`s soccer, and is a favorite to be promoted to Spanish Super Liga – 1st Division of Women`s football in Spain.

EduKick President Joey Bilotta said “Adding goalkeeper and female specific courses to EduKick Spain is an example of our commitment to being the best football academy in Spain. Now both goalkeepers and female footballers can also attend our unique residential academy in Madrid to continue their education and train specific to their position and gender.”

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