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From Train Effective Camps

to very first PRO contract

updated on March 14th, 2024

3 mins read

Itgel attended the Train Effective Football Camp ⚽️ in Miami, USA in December 2022 / January 2023.

In only a matter of weeks since then, he has signed his very first pro contract at the age of 16 with FC Bavarians (2nd division in Mongolia). ✍️

He noted that “I believe that living and breathing football for 3 weeks at the camp put me in the perfect position to become a better player”. ⚽️

He also gave a special mention to our very own coach Simon O’Neill for his valuable advice and guidance during the camp. 🗣️

Two players on a soccer pitch in a 1v1 situation.

So what is Itgel referring to with his experience at the camp?

Here are 3 key takeaways you can apply to your own game:

1) Create a sports high performance environment

When Itgel mentions "living and breathing football for 3 weeks", he's talking about the environment which pros have on the daily. That means sleep, rest, recovery and so forth ... so all the things you do at the Train Effective Camps.

We mirror this philosophy by providing athletes with a comprehensive environment that supports their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

By creating a holistic environment akin to that experienced by professionals, Train Effective empowers players to excel both on and off the field.

Some tips to mimic this at home:

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink water regularly for energy and muscle function.
  • Prioritise Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours nightly for recovery and focus.
  • Active Recovery: Stretch and use foam rollers to prevent injuries and aid muscle recovery.
Two players on a soccer pitch in a 1v1 situation.

2) Surround yourself with experts

Itgel gave a special mention to one of the residential coaches at the camp, Simon O’Neill.

Simon is a national scout. He's the Head of Pro Game Academy & U21 Manager at Liverpool.

His lifelong experience in football helps players gain an edge. Mentorship is key. Daily wisdom and advice from someone more knowledgeable than yourself. Be a sponge.

Don't have good coaches around you and not ready to join a camp, try our app where you can learn more from Simon!

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3) Want to play abroad? Try it first.

Itgel is from one of the coldest places on the planet. At the camp he told us about the stories of bracing frosty, minus conditions to play the game he loves. And with his own dreams of aspiring to play abroad one day, what better way to see if its a match then trying.

In Miami he was able to expose himself to a new environment and align himself with foreign coaches that'd support his development.

The great thing is then you come home and get to apply all the things you've learned, which make you better and even more motivated!

Two players on a soccer pitch in a 1v1 situation.

And Itgel is just one of out many players who have worked with our coaches, learned how to analyse and work on their strengths and weaknesses, and then went on to reach their next goals in football.

And you can do so too!

Regardless of where you are on your journey, we can help you reach the next step in your football career! Just book a call with our Camp Expert Sam Shaban, a former professional player himself.

In the call, Sam will speak to you (and your parents) about your individual playing situation and work out a plan with you how our camps can help you reach that next step in your journey - just like Siam Yapp has done!

Experience what it means

to be a Pro Player

It’s not just about how good your technical skills are. To become a successful football player, you also need to develop your tactical understanding, physical fitness and mental resilience.
Our camp is designed by professional coaches that will help you develop these skills and reach your personal goals.

Join the Team.

Immerse yourself in a community of like-minded players. Become a better, more confident player and experience real team spirit and team training.

Train with top European & English Academy Coaches!

See your football skills improve with coaching in small groups of other like-minded players by some of the best coaches and scouts in the field.

Showcase your skills in front of coaches & scouts.

During the camp, you'll get the chance to be evaluated by coaches & scouts who have connections to clubs all over England and the rest of Europe.

Boost your football career with a professional assessment.

As part of the program, you will receive a personal assessment report from our coaches and scouts.

Ole Bakken, 15 🇳🇴
"I attended the Train effective camp with the aim of improving my mentality and motivation for further investment in football. I am curious about my capabilities as a player and whether they rhyme with my goals and dreams. The stay was my first trip alone so a good adult education to become the best version of myself came as a bonus. I highly recommend Train Effective. I will definitely be back!"
London July/August Camp 2023
Skyler Maldano, 18 🇺🇸
"Going into the camp, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was soon to realize how amazing this camp really was. You gain more than just knowledge and development in your football abilities, but on top of that, you gain amazing friendships with coaches and people you look forward to seeing everyday at the camp and crying from having to leave them at the end. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for anybody considering to go!"
London August Camp 2022
Alexander-Noah Eder, 19 🇦🇹
"Thank you for the most memorable three weeks of my football career. Thanks a lot to all the coaches and staff who have helped and supported us over the past 3 weeks to get the most from each individual player. I will never forget it!"
London November Camp 2021
Arman Hosseiny, 17 🇨🇦
"It has truly been an experience of a lifetime! I am grateful to have been able to share those moments with great friends from all over the world. We trained with coaches that work in the Premier League and the English divisions, and I am grateful for the opportunity to get called up to represent the local club in a match."
London November Camp 2021
Ashkan Hamzah, 17 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
"It's been the best three weeks of my life thanks to Train Effective! The camp was one of the best experiences of my life so far. It is definitely the best time I've ever had."
London November Camp 2021
Jose Ricardo Vasquez, 22 🇺🇸
"To all the coaches and staff for the time spent with us and BIG love to all the bros I got to share the field with, y’all the real MVPs and ima miss y’all big time. All that blood, sweat and hard work we put out there will be missed but never forgotten."
London November Camp 2021
Leo Byrne
(Parent of player Ciarán Byrne, 13 🇺🇸)
"My son was in the LA camp. He’s been talking about it non stop. It was a positive experience for both players and parents."
Los Angeles Camp, March 2021

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