Each and every student has a personal advisor ready to solve problems and supervises all sporting, academic and personal progress.
Absolute dedication to football comes with sacrifices. For most players, training at a High-Performance Academy means movement and having to leave the nest that was once home. Therefore, sports development must always be accompanied by personal development: finding new equilibria in an unprecedented context. For this very reason, we deem it necessary that there be support to turn to in times of difficulty. In one word, a tutor.
“The tutor is the first person to whom a student goes when they have a problem of any kind,” explains Eva Franco, who develops this role at Marcet’s Academy. “We function as a connection between the trainee, his or her family and the different departments of our academy: sporting, academic, residential and so on. Our role is to organise requests by students and then putting them in contact with the people who can help.”
The tutor is a figure of reference whose objective is to streamline personalized attention
At the Marcet Academy, each child has a personal tutor who can be called upon. This figure was first referred to as a Student Advisor, but gradually the range of actions expanded. Today, our tutors guide our students throughout their formative journey, supervising their academic, sporting and personal development.
“It’s necessary that each student has a person that is aware of their needs,” Franco explains. “The tutor is a figure of reference whose objective is to streamline personalized attention and resolve incidents of any kind.” A tutor’s purpose is to encourage a student’s evolution whatever his or her standpoint. It’s not about intervening exclusively when a certain problem arises. “We always ask ourselves: how can we help our trainees improve?”
“we lay out a roadmap based on rubrics to evaluate the student and guarantee personal development”
For this work to be successful, it’s essential to get to know the aspiring athletes closely. Therefore, when a new student joins Marcet’s Academy, the most urgent thing on our to-do list is to get the conversation with his or her family going. “We use that first contact to establish objectives concerning sporting, academic and personal growth, and from there, we lay out a personalized roadmap based on rubrics to evaluate the student and guarantee personal development.”
What goals are we talking about? “They can be simple: for example, punctuality, as much as they can be complex, such as working on certain values and behavioural traits.” Every two or three weeks we talk to families again, both in person and by a phone call or videoconference. We update the student’s roadmap, we comment on their evaluations, we update their objectives and we analyze what tools we can use to keep the child moving forward. In the end, all this ends up having a tremendously positive effect on their personal development. Effort always brings reward“.