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Last week saw six Coerver® Coaching Performance Academy players travel to Lisbon, Portugal to train with Portuguese Champions SL Benfica.

The players aged 11-15 joined players from across the Globe to take part in the club’s annual Elite Training camp at the clubs first team & academy base, the Caixa Futebol Campus. The camp was made up of an intense training schedule with team & individual training sessions, sport science testing, matches & daily lectures on what you need to become a top athlete. Each player also received a detailed report and feedback from their SL Benfica Coach. 


Coerver® Scotland Performance Academy manager Gillian Thomson, who travelled with the players, said ‘Our Performance Academy programme focuses on whole player & person development, helping every player become the best they can be.

Through our partnership with SL Benfica we have been able to offer many unique opportunities for our young players, this latest visit was a fantastic opportunity for them to see the requirements and standards at a top European club. The intense training programme and expert coaching has helped improve them as players on the field & also young people off the field. Already they are showing the good habits from the trip, at our programmes back in Scotland’

As well as all the football activities, there was also a social element to the trip with players getting to know their peers from different cultures and countries including China, Russia, Scandinavia, as well as our Portuguese hosts. All the players also got to visit the famous Estadio da Luz and learn the history of this great sporting club. The week closed with a presentation & awards dinner at the stadium.

Feedback from some of the players on the trip:

  • ‘It was great to train with coaches from the SL Benfica Academy, it has really helped improve my 1v1 and attacking skills’ Euan (born 2005)
  • ‘A fantastic experience of a lifetime, playing against players from all over the world. It was great to see how Benfica develop their players and to be part of that’ Gavin (born 2003)
  • ‘It was an honour training at Benfica, I really enjoyed using the clubs training facilities, which were first class. The trip has really helped improve my confidence’ Cameron (born 2004)


Thank you to SL Benfica for hosting us, we look forward to continuing & growing this special partnership and providing more opportunities for our Performance Academy & Partner Club players.

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Development (beginner/intermediate)

Advanced (Club & Advanced players)



Elite (pro youth level players)

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