For players ages 15 through 22 who want to see if they have what it takes to make a professional career in soccer, the Academy is the place to be. The Academy is a soccer immersion program, giving international players the opportunity to train with local talent in Spain and compete at the highest levels in their age group. The Academy uses evidence-based practices to develop players and put them on a path to a professional career.
The Academy provides a unique, systematic development process that elevates players' skills to the necessary levels to compete in Federated soccer in Spain, including top tier levels.
UPP Academy has a history of producing players that compete on several top tier teams. The most recent is U16 Spanish National team goalkeeper, Alberto Sánchez Vivas. He is a 15-year-old who debuted in 3rd Division in the 2016-17 season, and who was sought by many European teams, including RB Salzbrug (Austria), Atletico de Madrid, Sevilla, Real Madrid, and RB Leipzig to name a few. He has signed with Real Deportivo Coruña this season with a lucrative contract.
IMMERSION IS KEY TO SUCCESS IN OUR INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY
An important piece for any team in Spain to grow and be successful is the development of a strong Fútbol Base or Academy infrastructure. Such infrastructure can be costly. Several teams in Spain have partnered with sport management groups to help support their growth efforts through international programs.
Research shows that in sports, like in education and many other fields, the one thing that works and makes lower performing players better is immersion. Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent football development, to get talented players in lower performing leagues to the level of their European counterparts. But there is one thing nobody tries, despite lots of evidence that it works: desegregation.
THESE ARE ACTUAL UPP ACADEMY ALUMNI AND NOT STOCK PHOTOS:
Vivas is not the only player joining Real Deportivo Coruña from the UP Plasencia Academy. Forward Luismi Redondo moved from the Academy to the Valencia FC Juvenil team, and then to Depor this season. They will join former Academy alumnus Mario Domínguez, who has been at Real Deportivo Coruña since last season.
Other professional prospects that have come out of UPP include but are not limited to:
o Alex Alegría - R. Betis
o Andrés Llorente - At. Madrid
o Sergio Alonso - R. Zaragoza
o Sergio Hernández 'Chencho' - Valencia CF
o Fernando Pérez 'Deco' - Málaga CF
o Julio César Izquierdo - Sevilla FC
o Rubén Colmenero - Sevilla FC
o David de Pablos - RCD Espanyol