The first official Bundesliga Football School began on Sunday 23 July in Israel. Almost 100 boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 18 will take part in the five-day project run by the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga.
The aim of the Bundesliga Football School is to promote young talent around the world in tandem with local associations, leagues and professional clubs.
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The course began with a workshop in the morning and a tactical training session in the afternoon. Under specialised supervision, the participants were able to show their ability and improve. Amongst the coaches present are Jan-Claas Alexander and Tovias Süveges of Werder Bremen and Peter Quast and Slawomir Czarniecki of Bayer Leverkusen.
The Bundesliga Football School in Israel is working in cooperation with the Israel Football Association (IFA) and the Israeli Professional Football Leagues (IPFL). Local associations and leagues can use the Bundesliga Football School as the foundation for their own model to develop talent or to improve pre-existing systems using Bundesliga know-how. It is free to participate in the Bundesliga Football School. “The Bundesliga Football School is seen as an ambassador for the Bundesliga, its values and quality,” said Ansgar Schwenken, Director of Football Matters and Fans at DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga.
At the end of the week, the players receive a review of their performances and potential using the same criteria that Bundesliga clubs use for their own youth set-ups.