WELCOME TO THE MICHEL HIDALGO INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL ACADEMY !
For the last 15 years, our Academy has welcomed young players from all over the world. Each of them has experienced a fulfilling year of sports, culture and language immersion in France.
Our programme is a mix of SPORT and STUDY where balance means success.
Every player, aged 14 to 22, has a unique opportunity to rub shoulders with elite players, showcase in the pro clubs and for some of them enter professional football.
With the intensive training programme conducted by the highly qualified Academy coaches, the players can display their talent and live their passion of football. On top of that, they also train and play with one of our partner clubs, usually AS Cannes, where Zinedine Zidane was brought into light. In the first weeks at the Academy, they are trialed in different clubs in the region, and then receive a FFF licence that enable them to play matches in the French championship.
The emphasis given to education and learning varies a lot. Together with the parents, we choose the programme that the boy will follow at his own pace. What we propose is a "measure-made" school adapted to football fans. First, for English native speakers : they can enrol in an intensive French course, or follow the online programme of the American High School. For French speakers, we propose an e-school curriculum with our partner Cours-Pi, or a more traditional attendance in a local high school.
The principles and values have been set by Michel Hidalgo himself, who wished every player to have a feeling of privilege when being a member of our prestigious academy. The staff first objective is to make sure that the boys develop confidence in themselves, have pleasure learning and achieve their goals. Every child is one individual person, and not just a part of the whole. This is why the Academy offers a limited number of spots, as we want to ensure a very personal approach to players development and follow-up.
The next programme goes from 15 August 2021 to 28 May 2022. The Academy is located in Cannes on the French Riviera, 25 km from Nice.
(Update on 31 July 2021 : we have no more spots for the 15 August - 28 May programme. A few spots left for the 2 January - 28 May programme).
For the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons, our academicians proceed from Algeria, Bahrein, Congo, Cyprus, Denmark, England, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Kirghizistan, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, USA, Zimbabwe, and France.
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