We understand that not every player is ready to take on the demands and responsibilities of a full-time commitment at one of our Academies. IDA offers other opportunities to receive the same benefits and exposure to a top-level training and learning environment, known as our Short-Term Programs. These programs are offered in a multitude of ways including Camps, Player Experiences, Men’s Trials, and Pre-Season.
What sets us apart from any other camp?
Offered at IDA Valencia, IDA UK, and IDA Florida, our camps are a great way to get a taste of what being an IDA student-athlete is like. Valencia and UK campers are offered a one or two week camp option. Camps include 12-15 hours of training per week from UEFA Pro/A Licensed coaching staff, US University Pathway education, IDA Performance Program (S&C, nutrition education and video analysis), cultural exposure, all inclusive housing, and meals.
Florida campers can choose from a one-week option up to a four-week experience. Players will train twice per day, have four Strength and Conditioning sessions per week, and enjoy beach workouts. Additionally, every player will be given one full highlight video, professional photos, and the opportunity to visit universities.
To find out more about IDA Camp Opportunities, click HERE.
Our Player Experience is a great option for more serious players who want to play at the next level. Offered at IDA Valencia and IDA UK, this program allows players to train, compete and experience day-to-day life of our student-athletes. Player Experience integrates directly into our full-time residential academy program. This is a great way to gain all the benefits of IDA’s full-time program in a short amount of time. It also is an opportunity to test out if living abroad is a good fit.
To find out more about IDA Player Experiences, click HERE.
Men’s Trials are for 18+ year olds who want to fulfill their dream of playing in Europe while gaining exposure and experience. In addition to IDA coaches, coaches from local men’s teams are invited to scout potential players. Men’s Trials include up to a month of top-level training, two matches per week against local teams, showcase games with scouts in attendance, IDA Performance Program, and video footage of games. An opportunity abroad like this is the perfect chance to learn about new cultures and learn in a new environment.
To find out more about IDA Men’s Trials, click HERE.
15+ year olds who want to prepare for their upcoming season at the highest level are a perfect fit for our Pre-Season Program. With one to four-week options, players will train at an intense level while working on their fitness and playing against top competition. Similar to our Men’s Trials, there will be 1-2 training sessions per day, 2 matches per week, and showcase games with head coaches in attendance.
To find out more about IDA Pre-Season, click HERE.
Hear it from our Players:
Dean Harper of IDA Valencia used his time during the Player Experience Program to adjust to living alone and training at the highest level. Dean said, “The reason that I decided to go full time with IDA was because I knew there was nowhere else where I would grow and develop as much as IDA. The most important factor for me was that it took me out of my comfort zone. I was one of the younger members in the academy. I didn’t know anyone and I was really able to experience what it was like to fight for your place in the team every single day, because nobody’s spot is ever guaranteed here. There was a huge change in my speed of play during my trial period, which was another contributing factor to my decision to go full time.”
Current full-time IDA Valencia player, Ryan Hashemi, reflected on his time during Men’s Trial. He said, “My experience with the Men’s Trial was one of a kind. I arrived at the airport and immediately saw the organization and professionalism of the academy. I was easily able to locate my driver who was waiting inside the airport waiting for me with his IDA gear on. Then, we to the resort which they toured to me which has everything someone needs to become a professional footballer. Every single day there was training during the day, and then one at night or a game. We spent time traveling to different cities and playing against different teams. New people would come all the time to the academy from all over the world and quite honestly, it blew way past my expectations. Jordi and the staff really gave us an amazing summer opportunity that I will surely never forget. After that month, I decided to come back to IDA for the full season. I realized that if I want to become a professional, as long as I put in my side of the work, IDA will support me with the rest of it. Ever since I’ve been here, I’ve improved beyond my imagination. I have played with multiple Spanish teams, gone on very high level trials and I am now signed to a team again and play games in the Spanish league system. I’m very thankful for IDA, Jordi and Ben Poulton because without them I would not be where I am today.”
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