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European football, known as soccer in Canada and the USA,  is a game of skill, strategy, and athleticism. To become a successful player, requires dedication, hard work, and a willingness to learn. One way to improve your skills and learn how to think like a football player is to join a European Football Academy that is managed by ex-pro players. Nothing beats learning from experienced professionals.

One such academy that has been making waves in the world of football is Proformance Football, managed by Yuri Ruh dos Santos, an ex-player from a professional Ajax affiliate club, AS Trencin, Liga Fortuna. He designed his training sessions based on his professional experience and adapted these pro sessions to train young talent ages 6 to 19.

Proformance Football, located in Marbella, Spain is a European football academy that provides a structured learning environment that focuses on developing technical skills, tactical understanding, and physical fitness with the view of preparing young players for their future in every sense of the word.  Southern Spain is an ideal place to train due to its year-round excellent weather, its prominent football culture, wonderful facilities, and the beach.  Yes, the beach! Proformance Football is unique in that its players regularly train both on the pitch and at the beach. “The beach builds stamina and strengthens the players’ agility and coordination as well,” says Yuri. “When my players get on the pitch everything seems easier.” Hence it isn’t purely for the fresh air, the great Mediterranean Sea views, and the fun of it,  that Proformance Football players go to the beach to train as part of their curriculum; quite to the contrary this unique aspect of their training is of fundamental value to the development and growth of their players. The academy curriculum is designed to help young players improve their technique, speed, agility, and endurance. It also focuses on the game’s mental aspects, such as game strategy and decision-making skills.

Getting trained by ex-pro players provides you with firsthand knowledge and experience of what it takes to play at the highest level. These professionals have been through rigorous training, and they know the skills and techniques required to succeed. They can provide invaluable advice on how to improve your game, from developing a strong work ethic to honing your technique.

To become a successful football player, you need to develop a high level of fitness, both physical and mental. A player needs to be extremely talented to succeed as a professional but talent is just a part of it. Professional players encompass a number of qualities besides their fitness, speed, agility, coordination, and endurance. They have an exceptional work ethic and are relentless with a desire to keep improving continuously. They have a strong mindset, stay focused, keep their eye on the ball and never give up. Most players have very different childhood experiences in comparison to other children and learn to take responsibility at a very young age. At Proformance Football, the coaches have been through this themselves and can therefore help instill these qualities in their players. These qualities are not only useful for football, but for life in general. They support the players’ training, helping them develop a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Another very essential skill of a player is teamwork. Yuri says; ” It is one team with one goal and one dream. Our players learn the importance of working together to achieve goals together.”  At Proformance Football, players learn how to work with their teammates, communicate effectively, and develop a sense of camaraderie. Teamwork is crucial for success on the pitch, and it also helps them develop strong relationships with their peers.

Proformance Football provides an innovative training program for youth players designed by ex-pro player Yuri Ruh dos Santos and instills traditional values which are an excellent way for youth players to develop and grow. It takes grassroots development to the next level as the young players learn how to think like football players. They develop a strong work ethic, physical fitness, and technical skills, focusing on teamwork. It is a challenging but rewarding journey that requires hard work and dedication. We expect great things from this academy for the future of football.