Although a football academy, the Edusport Academy is about much more than just football. It is much more than English Language too. It is a programme designed to change your life.
Imagine a few years from now, sitting in an office being interviewed for the job of your dreams. You are not the only person being interviewed for that position, though you are confident – you have prepared well for the interview and you speak English. Perhaps the others speak English too. Perhaps their qualifications are good too. Though you have lived abroad!
This is what will differentiate you from the rest and give you the competitive advantage to succeed.
We understand that our student athletes are passionate about football and that, for the most part is what attracts them to the programme. We also understand that, regardless of their academic background, they understand the importance of being able to speak good English today. However, an element of the programme which is often underestimated and sometimes even overlooked, is the unquestioned benefits that come with an experience living abroad.
Whether based in Glasgow or Edinburgh, our players live a year in complete immersion as students in one of Europe’s most dynamic and interesting cities. The fact that the spend a year far from family and friends, allows them to develop character, maturity, confidence and autonomy.
The Edusport Academy has been designed to promote teamwork and cohesion through working together towards shared objectives, though it also allows for our players to grow as individuals.
Living together, learning to cook and clean become daily tasks which many may never have done before. Having to be organised and share certain responsibilities is necessary to ensure that daily life within the group is enjoyable and rewarding.
Washing clothes and shopping for food are also key skills which our players need to learn. Working with TESCO Superstores, our players have a ‘food allowance’ which allows them to buy their food shopping using a dedicated debit card. This system encourages them to be vigilant with their expenses, teaching them the value of money whilst offering them the freedom to develop autonomy.
In student accommodation with hundreds of other students from all over the world, with different cultures and backgrounds creates an ideal environment to foster and develop tolerance, understanding and friendship.
Out with training and class, it is extremely important to us that our players make the most of their experience in Scotland. Making new friends, visiting new places and exposing themselves to Scottish culture and new experiences are all wholeheartedly encouraged.
The net result : a mature, responsible, confident, happy young man.