UK & Euro Tours
Thanks to our extensive network of professional football contacts in the UK & Europe each year we provide our academy players and their parents with the opportunity to participate in football tours outside of Ireland.
Playing football in a different country and encountering a new culture provides an invaluable learning experience for young football players. Our UK & Euro Tours programme offers our players the opportunity to train with professional coaches and participate in small-sided games in the surroundings of a professional club academy environment.
Amsterdam Football Experience Tour
We are pleased to confirm that from 2016 our academy members will have the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam to participate in coaching sessions and small sided games in partnership with Ajax Online Academy.
This unique tour exclusively available to our academy players and their parents will include coaching sessions led by former AFC Ajax Youth Academy Technical Director and Ajax Online Academy Co-Founder Patrick Ladru. In addition to receiving professional coaching from Patrick and his staff our academy players will also participate in a sequence of small-sided games to put their skills into practice.
Furthermore, our academy members will also be provided with a tour of the Amsterdam Arena as well as a visit to the AFC Ajax Youth Academy to view training sessions and games. This trip is a wonderful opportunity for our academy members to visit one of the most famous clubs in world football and to experience top level professional football coaching.
The inaugural Amsterdam Football Experience Tour is scheduled to take place in March 2016 and is available to all academy members in the U10-U14 age category throughout Munster. Further details will be announced on the website in due course.
U12 & U14 Academy Festival
Each year Total Football Academy is committed to providing the opportunity for a select group of players in our U12 & U14 age category to showcase their talents to professional football clubs in the UK & Europe.
In 2015 a select group of our U13 academy players travelled to Holland to participate at the Youth Cup in Deventer. This one day tournament proved to be a fantastic experience for our academy players who competed against professional academies from Germany, Belgium and Holland.
Total Football Academy finished as the highest ranked amateur team in the tournament and suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to tournament winners Club Brugge from Belgium. As an acknowledgement of our players’ exceptional behaviour and discipline, our academy was also presented with the tournament fair play award.
As well as participating in this high calibre, elite level youth football tournament, our academy players also spent time in Amsterdam where they visited the Amsterdam Arena and participated in an Ajax Online Academy training session.
In August 2016, a select group of our U12 & U14 academy players will travel to England to participate in friendly matches against professional academies from the UK, Europe & the USA. Total Football Academy has been invited to participate in the U12 & U14 Academy Festival by organiser Tom Statham who is an academy coach at Manchester United for more than 20 years. Further details will be announced on the website in due course.