B1 Camp Costa Rica a Success

B1 Soccer Academy runs yet another successful Camp in Costa Rica in collaboration with Proyecto Goal from December 3rd to December 6, 2019 at Federación Costarricence de Fútbol‘s facilities.

Over 75 male and female players born between 2000 and 2012 attended this camp organized and run by B1 Soccer Academy coaches Didac “Didi” Rodriguez, Marc Fortuny, and Eric Bertran as well as the two heads of B1 Soccer Academy, Jessica Ortiz and Jaume Solis.

Introducing a new approach

The main idea of this B1 camp in Costa Rica was to introduce and apply new training methods to youth development in football, and there is no better way to demonstrate it than through training sessions with young players.

Throughout these three days, our B1 coaches designed 3-hour training sessions every day composed of different drills and exercices for each of the participants to learn a lot while still enjoying playing the beautiful game. 

These drills ranged from passing drills focusing on ball control, precision and body positioning to small-sided game situations to prepare for the matches on the last day.

B1’s staff divided itself into three age groups (one B1 coach per group) in order to work more efficiently with the players and to ensure maximum attention to detail; as well as the group of goalkeepers trained separately by coaches Carlos Avedissian and Sergio Alfaro

In this way, all players were able to train with and learn from each of the Barcelona coaches.

Our Head Coach Didi Rodríguez was impressed by the high level at which the participants played, and also stated: We would not have been able to work with such large groups of players without the instrumental contribution of local coaches Michael Mora, Roberto Rojas, Sergio Alfaro, Charlie Avedissian, Pablo Araya and Robert Arias as well as assistants Jurgen Schlager and Juan Carlos Estrada. They did a magnificent job.

Good times, new drills, great determination, and especially many smiles throughout both the grass fields provided by the FCF in order for our training sessions to take place.

Match Day

The camp did not end there. After these three days, it was time for the players to apply what they had learned to a real match.

Once again, B1 coaches divided the players into groups. An additional group was created so that the youngest players could play a match against each other, while the other three groups would face youth teams from UCR Fútbol Club