Barca Academy coming to Australia in 2023
In a landmark move, Barça Academy, affiliated with Spanish giants FC Barcelona, has announced that they are bringing their football camps to Australia in 2023.
It was revealed in a presentation at the Camp Nou that Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney will be the host cities across three exciting weeks of football in January. Coaches from Barcelona will travel to Australia to lead the camps for boys and girls from 6 to 17 years old.
"We will start with a set of three camps, in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney in January 2023, but there will be more during 2023, so stay tuned!” Barça Academy Global Director Carlos Martín said.
Adelaide will host the first week of the camps at Ellis Park, the home of Adelaide Comets FC, whilst the second week will commence at La Trobe University in Melbourne. The Barça Academy Australia tour will conclude in Sydney, with its final camp at Arc Sports at the University of New South Wales.
Barça Academy has announced the initiative alongside their new partner Akaw Sports. It’s understood that this agreement marks the start of a long-term relationship where the pair will initiate more activities in Australia. Barça Academy will add the 2023 tour to the hundreds of camps they already hold annually worldwide.
“We are also looking forward to having Australian teams present in our international Barça Academy World Cup hosted in Barcelona in April 2023 and the APAC Cup to be hosted in Japan in September 2023. This shows that we are here to stay and we want Australia to be part of our international network of activities," Martín added.
Martín believes that the camps in 2023 are only the start of what promises to be a fruitful relationship with Australia. (Barca Academy Australia)
Akaw Sports owners Miki Alcón and Oriol Lluis also attended the presentation in Barcelona.
“When I lived in Australia, I witnessed the great passion that Barça arouses in the country. With this project I am fulfilling my dream of seeing the team of my life in my second home,” Alcón said.
“Australia is passionate about sport, and football is growing and growing over time, so we are delighted to be there,” Lluis said.
Barça Academy has worked on this project for two years. It will now add to the 35 countries already exposed to the ‘Barça model’. Their camps consist of technical and tactical training and cater to all junior age groups.
Further information about the camps is available at www.campsaustralia.barcaacademy.com and through the official Barca Academy Australia communication channels and social media (@barcaademyaus).
Another one of European football's giants, Manchester City, are also making waves down under. Read about their new partnership with South Australian school Rostrevor College by clicking here.