This summer the Soccer World Cup will be hosted in Brazil, and soccer fever is already brewing all over the world. In Europe, Cristiano Ronaldo, also known as CR7 and the star player for Real Madrid, has just been awarded the Ballon D’Or as the best player on the planet, beating Lionel Messi for the honor.

In the United States soccer has been growing by leaps and bounds, and now the mighty Spanish club Real Madrid is bringing coaches from Spain to the States for the first time. Coaches from “La Cantera,” which is the youth academy program for the club, will be coming to New Jersey to train our youth soccer players. The Real Madrid Foundation training program, which is usually run out of Valdebebas, Spain, will travel to the soccer fields of the New Jersey area this summer.

The clinics will expose our players to the style of play that is taught at Ciudad Real Madrid. In the past players would have to travel to Madrid to obtain this level of training. Alex Haight is head coach of St. Andrews Episcopal School and had his son attend Real Madrid Foundation training in Madrid.

“My son attended the Real Madrid Foundation camp in Madrid from 2009 to 2012. The experience for him was amazing, as he played with great players and was exposed to top-level coaching. The level of soccer was quite high, something he was unable to find at any of the other camps he had attended,” Haight said. “His coaches had all played for Real Madrid or had been in their youth coaching ranks for many years. The experience certainly elevated his level of play, and he credits his all-League selection as a sophomore on his high school team in large part to the improvements he made through the Real Madrid program.”

Edmund J. Haemmerle III is the co-founder of Princeton Sports Management and responsible for bringing this world-class training to the area. “All the coaches that are coming work for Ciudad Real Madrid,” said Haemmerle. “They are the same ones that work with the youth teams in Spain. It is also nice that the project helps with Fundacion Realmadrid.” Fundacion Realmadrid is the instrument by which the club makes efficient use of its social and corporate responsibility, and by which it develops projects of a social and formative nature.

For the players who will be involved in the sessions, it is a chance to learn the same training methods that the club’s academy graduates have. Players like Jese, Alvaro Morata, and Nacho, who all play for the first team. Or the countless others who came up through the system and now fill out squads all over Europe. Kids will get a chance to see what it takes to train like a truly elite player.

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