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The holidays are an ideal time to make progress thanks to an intensive football course.

Improve your technique, improve yourself, learn to make correct decisions on the field, regain your physique before returning to the competitive period… Each age category has their specific priorities and each scholar has their own personal goals, but no footballer goes a holiday period without practicing the sport they love. Intensive courses are a holiday classic and at Marcet we’ve spent decades developing the best methodology to get the most out of them with the aim of training intelligent footballers with values.

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Each group is formed exclusively based on technical and pedagogical criteria. The aim is to create a cohesive unit where every player’s footballing ability is at a similar level. Something that is vital when trying to successfully implement the technical education of intense training. As per this principal, the difficulty of the tasks that the trainer sets up are only a step higher than the ability of the scholars, in order for them to understand that with effort, concentration and tenacity they’ll be able to overcome them.
If there are scholars in the group with a lower ability than the average, they would then start to become very anxious after realising that they won’t be able to overcome the proposed tasks. They won’t take full advantage of the course nor will they improve. On the other hand, if there is a player with a higher level than the rest of the group, they would become bored and won’t be able to progress either.

From five continents

The multicultural origins of the scholars provides extra values to an exchange that’s not only cultural but full of diverse footballing concepts that remarkably enriches everyone that takes part in the learning process at Marcet. The kids that come from abroad integrate into the groups with teammates from Spain and other countries.

The attendees are divided into different groups according to their age. Forja, High Intensity and High Performance. The first group is for kids between the ages of 3-5 and is held in Barcelona; the second group is for kids between 6-13 and held in Barcelona as well as Madrid; and finally the high performance courses are for scholars between the ages of 14-21 and these are held at the main centre in Barcelona.

High Intensity Course

The aim of High Intensity courses is to understand concepts on collective technique and comprehend tactical movements in the unravelling of a match, which allows players to focus on improving their vision, to think quicker and make better decisions. They are players that understand concepts on collective technique and, train and play with the upmost intensity. A vital requirement for any player who wants to join the Master Grade course is that they must consistent and resistant to stress.

The main technical learning objectives of the High Intensity Course is to improve on the following aspects of the game: control, dribbling, passing, on the ball control and shooting (with their wrong foot as well), also heading, attacking technique, defensive technique and football intelligence.

09:00h  Training Session 1
10:30h  Snack
11:00h  Training Session 2
12:30h  Technique Circuit
13:30h  Technique evaluation
14:30h  Lunch
15:15h  Video Training
16:00h  Training Session 3
17:00h  Instructional Match
18:00h  Shower & afternoon Snack
18:30h  Sightseeing
20:30h  Dinner
21:30h  Free time
22:00h  Return to dorms
23:00h  Lights out

High Performance Courses

Attendees over the age of 14 follow a specific program, that is more adjusted to the needs of their age. During the course they undergo individual lessons to tackle psychological aspects of the game, technical-tactical analysis and, optionally, training with advanced football technologies.

They have alternating schedules (A-B-A-B-A-B, etc):

07:00h  Target practice
07:30h  Snack
08:00h  Technical-tactical Session
09:00h  Physical Session
09:15h  Shower
09:30h  Breakfast
11:00h  Training session and Sports Psychology
13:00h  Technical-tactical Session
14:00h  Shower
14:15h  Lunch
15:00h  Leisure Activity
18:00h  Technical-tactical Session
19:00h  Physical Session
19:15h  Shower
20:00h  Dinner
21:00h  Free Time
22:00h  Return to dorms
23:00h  Lights out

07:00h  Target Practice
07:30h  Snack
08:00h  Technical-tactical Session
09:00h  Break
09:15h  Shower
09:30h  Breakfast
10:00h  Training session
11:00h  Break
11:15h  Training session
12:45h  Shower
13:00h  Lunch
13:45h  Siesta
16:00h  Sports Psychology
17:30h  Individual Technique
18:00h  Technical-tactical Session
19:00h  Physical Session
19:15h  Shower
20:00h  Dinner
21:00h  Free Time
22:00h  Return to Dorms
23:00h  Lights out


The Marcet Plan is the only course in Spain to develop a comprehensive early stimulation education program that is focused on improving football technique. It’s objective is to develop all of a child’s potential so that, when they start full training after the age of 6, they are completely ready to start practicing at the highest level possible.

The importance of cerebral stimulation under the ages of 6 is fundamental for the learning process later on. In other words, the more and better stimulation given to a child’s brain in their learning period, the quicker and more complete their neurological organisation will be, and consequentially, they’ll obtain higher capabilities in the sport.

The Forja Program is run by a team of specialists that include pedagogues, neurologists, psychologists, as well as sport coaches. Their goals are to procure a correct neurological organisation and therefor prevent possible deficiencies in motor functions, reinforcing all development with their general movement: crawling, cross-pattern walking, rhythmic steps and jumps, tumbling, swinging and swimming practice. It comes down to providing an environment full of incentives for the infants that will allow them to set up their locomotor in a way for them to reach maximum potential.

09:00h  Start game
09:00h  Snack
10:20h  Flashcards
11:00h  Technical skills video
11:20h  Rules
11:40h  Revision in names and dimensions
12:00h  Live individual technique programs
12:20h  Matches adapted for ages
13:30h  Lunch
14:30h  Siesta
16:00h  Neuromotor exercises
16:20h  Match
16:40h  Shower
17:00h  Afternoon Snack

Level Requirements

It’s important not to confuse Marcet’s High Intensity Courses and the High Performance Courses with other football camps that held over Spain and other countries that only have intentions of keeping kids busy during the holiday period. They are Football Camps that don’t have any educational methodology behind them and most of the time they rely on a badge of a huge club for marketing reasons. During these courses the kids can—with luck— take some photos with famous players, visit legendary stadiums, stroll around beautiful cities, but won’t at all get the chance to learn football or progress technically neither tactically, and even less on collective concepts. For this reason it’s important for parents as well as players to be know that the intensity and, physical and mental demands of Marcet’s courses are extremely high.

This doesn’t mean that Marcet’s scholars won’t have fun whilst learning. Everyday they experiment and take on a large number of concepts, abilities and techniques to fully embrace progression. Despite the heavy workload of each day, they always look forward for the next day because they know that each minute that passes they are improving as footballers and as people. This is the secret behind why more than 30 of Marcet’s students join top tier clubs around Spain and Europe each year.

Organisational Details

During this first day attendees have arrive at seven o’clock in the morning for the coaching staffs presentation and setting up of the initial groups. Then a series of tests are held to evaluate the exact level of each player and place them into the most adequate group for the course. The coach will take advantage of this initial test to spot parts of their game where they should work on most.

On the first day, the official players pack will be handed out to each scholar, this includes a training shirt, leisure shirt, shorts and socks. Every player should bring their own boots, preferably multi-studed, due to to all the pitches being of the latest generation of artificial grass. It’s better not bring brand new boots during summer courses, as they tend to cause blisters.

After completing the course, Marcet’s coaching staff will give every single player their personal evaluation for them to determine future possibilities for each player.


The dorms service—with 24 hour 7 days a week supervision— is optional for players that don’t live in Barcelona. The scholars that use the dorms service will receive an extra uniform and will be able to enjoy a series of leisurely activities outside of training hours like go-karting, laser tag and sightseeing.

The standard accommodation is minimum of 4 persons per room. Depending on their availability and the influx of students, the service will be adapted to multiple rooms with bunkbeds for 8 or more players. However, if a family would like their child to stay in a superior accommodation (rooms for two to three scholars) they can have the service with a daily surcharge on the price of the course + dorm (limited offer).

There is also the possibility of an optional service of being picked up and returned to the airport, train station or bus station for those scholars that will travel alone. This is an individualised service and will be done by an employee of Marcet.

In the event of needing to extend the stay at the accommodation—before the course as well as after—due to plane or train dates and times, it’s possible to reserve a few more nights in the dorms.

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