In the summer of 2018 Feyenoord Rotterdam and The Academy Poland started their cooperation on the Feyenoord Football School in Poland. The first centre opened in the port city of Gdansk early September.
Under the agreement, Feyenoord coaches travel to Poland a couple of times per year to train local coaches and teach them the training methods used at the Feyenoord Academy in Rotterdam. Each summer, football camps are organised for aspiring Polish football talents.
‘Together with Tom Gibney of The Academy we have been organizing football camps in Poland for two years now’, said Feyenoord’s international relations manager Gido Vader. ‘It is time to take it to the next level by having a permanent presence in Poland. It is a country rich in talent with a population nearly twice times the size of The Netherlands, and we do think that Feyenoord can add significant value by the way in which we develop young players.’
Tom Gibney, CEO of The Academy, explains why he chose to partner up with Feyenoord: ‘My first training and coaching experience with Feyenoord was nearly 3 years ago and what enlightened me most was the professionalism in how their coaching staff conducted themselves. Their approach to educating and coaching children was refreshing and without the usual “you must win attitude”. It is well known around the world Dutch football methodology and philosophy is 2nd to-non, and portraits quality and excellence. Feyenoord concepts teach young players how to deal with all kinds of challenges while educating players true values like respect, social responsibility, effort, ambition, unity and humility. I truly believe the Feyenoord way in Poland will provide a welcome change to traditional styles.’