The Michel Hidalgo International Football Academy only welcomes foreigners for a cultural, linguistic and football immersion over a full year in France.
The goal of the Academy is to prepare the young football players to enter the professional world of football and to prepare them to make trials in the pro clubs.
Boys and girls must be between the age of 14 and 24.
The next year-long programme is from 2 September 2018 to 26 May 2019.
The Academy is located in Cannes on the French Riviera.
Our academicians train and play with one of our partner clubs, usually AS Cannes or Le Cannet Rocheville.
We invite you to discover the life and training at the academy.
Antoine, you’ve joined the academy in September 2014 at the age of 16. What were your motivations at that time?
When I first arrived, I was 16 years old and I didn’t know what kind of experience was waiting for me. It has always been my dream to become a professional football player and I saw the academy has an opportunity and a great personal life experience. I initially signed for 3 months with the Academy Michel Hidalgo because I was scared to be away from my family for a full year. But, after 3 years at the academy, I think I can assert that I’m doing fine alone!
It is your third year at the academy. What was your path and evolution during those 3 years?
After 3 years at the academy, I can admit that I’ve seen a lot of football ! I’ve started adapting to a new culture, which turned out to be a real challenge for me. My first club was USCBO Cannes, then I joined the club ESCR at Cannet Rocheville and finally ended up integrating the first senior team. Many ups and downs, I had the luck to be well supported to strengthen myself. After 3 years, I feel more mature. Not only a football experience, but a cultural and personal one too!
The answer is quite easy! Those trials are a part of my dreams coming true and the results of my efforts. I always kept in the back of my mind my initial goals and the trials in Marseille and St-Étienne were a big step towards them. Obviously, my objectives transformed through the years but now, living from my passion seems like my ultimate goal. Those trials were the perfect occasion to show what I’m worth and to try to reach my dream!
20 January 2015 : The Michel Hidalgo Academy has placed Adam Hemati, 19 years old, from Canada, in the club of OGC Nice. He will play with the reserve team of the professional team from February 2015.
Congratulations to Adam !
" I had a good feeling since the day I arrived in France. Everyone at the International Campus of Cannes is very nice, friendly and they do their best to accommodate all my needs. The location of the campus is unbelievable. It is right next to the beautiful beach. In regards to the soccer aspect, things have moved very fast for me. I was playing with Cannes La Bocca for the first 2 weeks and had two extra physical sessions with the trainer here. At La Bocca, they noticed that I had the potential to play at a higher level. I am currently playing with OGC Nice and it is unbelievable. I am very happy with what has happened to me so far but still have a long way to go to achieve my goal. The Hidalgo Academy has really given me the opportunity to showcase my ability and prove myself as a footballer. Thanks a lot for all your support, I really appreciate everything. I hope to keep on impressing and progressing here in order to be able to sign permanently and get closer to becoming a professional. " Adam
Our academician Sékou has won a travel to Brazil to attend the opening ceremony of the Football World Cup and a few matches. How Lucky !
Enjoy your stay in Brazil, Sékou !
Year 2015-2016 : last matches for our academicians