Vincent Candela is back on the field with the Foot Ball Club Alba Roma - Accademia Roma, to give children the values of Sports Culture
The project of Accademia Roma Calcio - Vincent Candela has been set up in 2013, as an idea of the former AS Roma and French National player.
His love for football and his vast experience led him to get involved in such an ambitious and difficult project, especially given the historical period and the great economical difficulties for Italy.
But Vincent Candela is not afraid and started this wonderful adventure. Once identified the ideal location, in Via Mattia Battistini in Rome, the hardest task was that of forming a team with suitable managers and coaches for the idea that the former “Giallorossi” player had in mind.
A really great love for Football and Sport and a lot of experience gained on the pitches around the world as a professional, with the conquest of important Trophies such as the italian Scudetto with AS Roma in 2001 and the World and European Championships with France in 1998 and in 2000.
This cultural and sporting know-how is what Vincent Candela pretends to bring the children, with making them understand the importance of sport, of healthy eating, the culture of defeat even before the taste of victory, and the Fair Play rules and respect for the opponent.
These are the values that consitute the Accademia Roma Calcio - not the frantic search for a new champion, but mere and clean love for sport, in order to forge people for life rather that only for the soccer field.
"The work in this first year has been really hard and tough – explains Candela - but we are only at the beginning. The road is long but we want to build a major project for Rome and for children".
The Accademia Roma Calcio already has, in its first year, over 100 children enlisted, aged from 5 to 12. In the project there is also a Goalkeepers Academy, specifically designed for a really unique and special role, which form the children's behavior.
Particular attention is also given to dynamic activities, fundamental to all ages but especially for children in their early years as young sportsmen. Once a week, in fact, the guys meet some specialists of this scientific field.
Certainly, as of today this may perhaps not be the largest and best organized football school in Rome, but the commitment of everybody is high and the Accademia Roma Calcio aims to become – in the short term - a point of reference in the Roman panorama, for all those children and parents who will want to get involved in life through sport.
"I was lucky enough to do the best job in the world, the football player, so that I was able to experience extraordinary moments as well as very difficult times - says Candela - the important thing is to start doing sports with the idea of wellness and health, mental training of children and to provide them with a useful tool to deal with life. We do not build Champions sitting around a coffee table. The advice I can give to children is “to be children” as long as they can and have fun... And the advice I can give to parents is to give their children the opportunity to have fun through Sport".