European Youth academy , the forges of talent: ANDERLECHT

The Anderlecht model has now become a reference point throughout Europe, the results in terms of “baked” talents are there for all to see: Kompany, Lukaku, Mertens just to name a few. World-class talents, all coming from this company, which has developed and modeled an idea and a long-term project and has been able to create a project that is now studied all over the world. But where does this project start from? What are its pillars? Structures, skills and balance above all. The sports center of Neerpede, inaugurated in October 2011, with an investment of about 15 million euros (60% companies and 40% institutions), is a multifunctional center, the largest in Europe (from administrative offices, fields, changing rooms, gymnasium, wellness center and recovery rehabilitation, relaxation area,restaurant, technical area for staff, medical and physiotherapy area, etc.). The Club's policy provides for an investment of approximately 10% of the available budget in the youth sector. This allows for continuous updating and renewal.

But the investment is not just in money. The investment is also on the human capital on technicians and young people. Precisely for this reason the management of talent is seen at 360 ° without neglecting the aspects of personal growth and not just sports. With this goal, agreements have been drawn up with the Ministry of Education that allows integration with schools that provide for flexible and targeted management for the students of the academy. In this way it allows to follow and improve the schooling of the children and it integrates in a functional and institutional way with the Anderlecht society. Coordination with schools also takes place for basic activities thus allowing for continuous growth for children who can play sports many times a week thanks also to the efficiency of the school system. In the youth sector, new figures have been implemented: talent managers. Of the tutors that yes they deal with facilitating the insertion of new purchases, solving purely practical logistical problems and monitoring behavioral aspects and attitudes, as well as following the school profile.

One of the pillars, even in Belgium, is innovation. RSC Anderlecht has entered into a research and methodological development agreement with the University of Leuvain which then leads to the application of new research and new studies in the field.

However, at the base of this important pyramid of the Anderlecht system there is certainly stability and balance. Over the years the staff has always been the same, the management has almost never changed and the philosophy has been consolidated based on the initial ideas. The project is long-term and you are not in a hurry to get everything right away.

A vision that has given and is bearing fruit and which can now be considered a world reference point for the development of talents

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European Youth academy , the forges of talent: LEICESTER CITY

Leicester City Football Club was founded in 1884 but although it is a historic club on the English scene, it has only come to international prominence in the last decade, thanks to the triumph in the Premier League, as unexpected as it is exciting, in the 2015-16 season. Led by Claudio Ranieri, Leicester has fascinated all sportsmen, perfectly embodying the typical values of a non-noble club that has succeeded in a titanic undertaking, demonstrating that with planning, resourcefulness and a pinch of healthy and lucky madness you can aim high . A David against Goliath in English style, where the Goliaths, in truth, were at least 7 between Manchester, Liverpool and London. 

But our journey through academies around Europe does not reach Leicester to praise Sir s epic triumph. Claudio Ranieri and Prince Vardy. If anything, it takes its cue from this fantastic undertaking to understand where this success comes from. From the youth sector of Leicester talents have blossomed such as Peter Shilton, the bomber of the 86 world cup Gary Lineker true idol of the English fans, Emile Heskey, Andy King, Ben Chilwell to name a few.

Falling into a decadent era in the 90s, it was bought by a Thai group, Asian Football Investments (AFI), led by the King Power Group, which took over the club from last place in the Championship (English Serie B). In a few years the climb is the result of a far-sighted project. Facilities for the first team, stadium and academy renovation. The miracle of 2016 therefore sealed a project, which started from the ashes of a historic club. But victory is not the culmination, quite the contrary. From that moment the club participates continuously in the Champions League, increasing the turnover in an important way, as is the project that sees the reinvestment of part of that money. Last year, in fact, the new Leicester City sports center was inaugurated, a facility where the first team and the youth sector can enjoy all the comforts, where every detail has been designed to make everything perform at its best.

King Power has shown how you can design something great even in what we Italians call a province, where ideas and projects can take shape, where immediate gain cannot be the only goal. The best technologies, the best equipment and a continuous study on how to improve every detail are the basis of the new Leicester project.

And for the new stadium… the project has already started

The attached video shows the new sports center, we invite you to see it and reflect, as always, we are waiting for you for the next trip

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European Youth academy , the forges of talent: CELTA VIGO

The Real Club Celta de Vigo SAD , commonly known as Celta Vigo, is a Spanish football club based in the city of Vigo, Galicia. He plays in the Primera División of the Spanish football league. The club was founded on 23 August 1923.
Despite not having the blazon of Real and Barcelona, ​​Celta has been distinguishing itself in recent years as a model company for projects and foresight, focusing its efforts on infrastructure, training and innovation.
The refurbishment of the stadium and the creation of the new sports city “a Canteira” have revived the club's ambitions.
A modern vision of a sports club that has not only invested in the first team but is creating a methodological model that starts from the youth sectors. Not only structures, therefore, but also training, research and development and innovation.
In fact, Celta has launched a project of technological innovation of the internal and external processes of the Club. Through hi-tech, athletes' performances can be improved, as well as business and marketing processes.
Celta Lab 123 is a permanent laboratory, a container of ideas, innovation and hi-tech projects. A start-up accelerator that targets high performance, fan engagement, social & media, management and esports projects. A constantly evolving laboratory that projects Celta into a futuristic dimension.
When the entire project, truly futuristic, of the "ciudad deportiva" is completed, the flagship club of Galicia will have a structure that will have nothing to envy to those of the top clubs.
At the same time, international projects are being born, which see the Celta brand begin to cross the Iberian borders and be appreciated also abroad. The academies, camps, training courses & clinics focused on the Celta Vigo model begin a path that promises to be very interesting precisely because of the methodological and technological identity that the club is pursuing.

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Talent Manager: video press conference

The Talent Manager is a new role that is having success in professional realities in England, Switzerland and Belgium.
He is a figure of great charm who needs technical, psychological and technological skills who plays a fundamental role in the development of young talents. The results we are having are excellent, thanks to the Talent Managers it is possible to help the boys in their deficient points, it is possible to reinforce details that otherwise would be impossible to improve.
Lumios offers the first Talent Manager course in Italy, a unique innovation in a system that needs change. In the link you can review the press conference for the presentation of the Master with very interesting ideas from various professionals in the training sector.
Visit our courses section to find out more.

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Strategic vision, professional skills and innovation: it

On the day when even the last Italian team greets the most important European competition, the media process to our home football system begins promptly. Too simple to raise fuss every time a team is eliminated from the cups, too simplistic to comment on the defeats and point the finger at generic faults. The evaluation of the state of Italian football deserves profound reflections, not simplistic and populistic. The analysis cannot start exclusively from the results of the clubs in Europe, it is probably wrong to seek elementary and reductionist answers to questions that deserve important insights but, perhaps, the error is conceptual and starts from the questions. "Lo importante es la nobleza de los recursos utilizados" is the mantra of one of the most influential coaches of our time, Marcelo Bielsa, because the reflection must be made starting from the path we want to take in Italy to improve things and not focus only on the result. Becoming aware that the system needs a radical change is only the first step, you must have a strategic vision on what you want to do, you must focus on the professionalism and skills that the stakeholders must have. We must try to professionalize the system, riding the wave of a reform of the sports system that is currently underway and have the courage to focus on innovation. Just take a look at what is happening around us where through a series of innovative hi-tech platforms, many of the European clubs and federations are improving in all areas concerning the sports and football sector. We must have courage, take a path that can bring risks and defeats but the time for reflection is over: we must act. In fact, Lumios was also born for this. Having perceived that the system needed renewal, that the way to structure itself, to train, to carry out projects and sporting events had to be rethought, was the key to opening one's vision to companies or individual professionals who wanted to undertake a change of route. The Lumios project was born from the idea of bringing innovation to an outdated system, an idea that can democratize resources, that is, to give everyone the opportunity to achieve high standards of professionalism. It is not easy today for companies and professionals to have personalized methodological support, high-level training at hand, support in coaching and management areas, structure events, create experiences in the structures of the largest European clubs. Lumios with its vision and its structure is just all of this. Change is not waiting for others to do it, change depends on our will.

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