Learn to play better football on this programme designed to improve individual skills teamwork abilities. Our aim is to make every aspiring footballer more skillful and a better team player.
This ever-popular football programme, will take place on our stunning location in the Swiss Alps. The village of Leysin boasts top-class sports installations including several outdoor quality football pitches as well as fantastic indoor options. Our top-rated coaches have all the necessary tools to make a success of an already tried and tested quality programme.
Village Camps was a pioneer in the organisation of top-class football camps in the early 70s. The high standards set then have continued to improve, football programme better than ever.
The success of this programme is due to the excellence of the coaching standards in place. The highly qualified Neil O’Donnell, has been part of our team for the past 10 years. Neil has devised an exciting modern coaching programme that is enjoyed by our young footballers and admired by other coaching organisations. Neil is a UEFA ‘B’ coach and became the Executive Director of the programme in 2018. He directs our experienced and qualified coaching team. Our shared commitment is to bring out the very best in the young footballers in our care.
Coaching takes place for 3-hours every weekday morning on the state-of-art training and playing facilities throughout the village. The players are divided into age and ability groups. The dedicated coaching team works hard and enthusiastically to develop individual skills and techniques. Towards the end of the morning session there are usually short competitive games where players, their skills and team tactics are assessed and discussed.
One of the highlights of the football camp is the much anticipated ‘Big Match’ which happens in the last days of the Camp session and is attended by all campers. Our young footballers play against the Coaches & Counsellors team, for the much-prized ‘Village Camps Cup’. Each camper plays in the brand new smartly designed version of the team kit.
Our comprehensive course covers:
corners, free kicks and penalty-taking
short and long passes
dribbling, ball control and individual skills
phases of play
special goal-keeping session
short 5 or 6 a-side sessions
fitness and diet
tactical sessions using DVD
viewing and analysing great games of the past
studying outstanding players and performances
end-of-course ‘Awards Ceremony’
a take-home present of the smart Village Camps team-kit
Highlight - Visit to a Swiss Stadium and the UEFA HQ
Switzerland, being in the heart of Europe certainly has had its share of football success. Strong local teams such as BSC Young Boys or FC Basel have put Swiss football on the map. The competitive national team also has an important place playing in the Euro or the World Cup! Switzerland’s is the home of the UEFA (European Football Association), the governing body for European football and the organizer of the Champions League. Campers will have a chance to take part on an organized visit to UEAFA headquarters and visit a Swiss stadium.
Accommodation, Excursions & Activities
Campers stay at the Village Camps owned and managed Swiss Alpine Centre. The centre has spacious, mainly en-suite bedrooms for 3-4 campers as well as lounges and recreational areas and impressive dining facilities. The campus is well situated just above the main village and close to its excellent sport and leisure facilities.
There are exciting excursions to Geneva, the lakeside town of Lausanne, a chocolate factory and the Water-Park in nearby Aigle.
There is a variety of afternoon and evening activities both in Camp and outdoors, which campers from all programmes participate together. These all camp activities are organised and supervised by Village Camp counsellors.
Further details on the excursions and on the activities available at the Leysin camp can be found on the Switzerland Overview Page.