Club Football Academy
From 1.9.2017, AC Sparta Prague football club gained the status of the Club Football Academy (KFA) supported by FAČR. This system of youth sports training is closely linked to the previous activity of mite teams (5-11 years), SpSM (12-15 years) and SCM (16-19 years).
"I see one of my main tasks as a director/head coach of the ACS Academy is to pass on my football and coaching experience to our young players and coaches. I want to work with all the people in the academy and throughout the club. It should be the goal of all of us to work together to create an environment and atmosphere that is conducive to the development and growth of our young Spartans. And not only sportingly, but also humanly. From the position of the head coach of the so called Profi phase (U19 category), I want to work closely with both coaches J. Kopánek and L. Bláža and the whole coaching staff."
"The primary goal of the academy is to train players for professional football and especially our first team. However, he realizes that this path is very thorny and only a fraction of players will achieve their dream. For this reason, we see the goal as being on the same level of educating the player humanly and educationally. A high school educated kid in the starting lineup of the A team is the meta towards which the academy is directing its activity."
"The game priority of the Performance phase is definitely tactical training in the 10+1 format, but the complex individual development and consolidation of technique cannot be neglected. Conditioning aspects, strength development and developmental changes due to puberty must go hand in hand with respect for biological age. Education is an important area. Preparing boys for the entrance exams with the transition to high school is a simple task, but the emphasis on it is all the more crucial."
“In the Development phase of a talented athlete's development, we loosely build on the work of our colleagues from the Fun phase, where our goal is not only to deepen the player's relationship to football and love for Sparta, but also to help the athlete bridge the challenging period of transition to the second grade of primary school, while at the same time adding more gas in terms of the increasing demands of sports training. The big challenge for all coaches at this stage is to guide the soccer player from the small forms of soccer, gradually to the biggest. Players at this stage of development experience football on 6+1, 7+1, 8+1 pitches and the final outcome is 10+1 football. This in itself places high demands on the correct balance of emphasis on individual player development and the gradual increase in the demands of teamwork, which is the primary focus of coaches in the Performance phase.“
"The main task in this phase is to develop talented young footballers in a fun and comprehensive way so that we can support and further build their love and relationship not only to football but also to Sparta. The joy of the game itself is the first and most important step towards becoming a great Sparta player."
“The Girls' Academy provides sports training for nearly 150 players at the Training Centre in Strahov and Satalice. The goal of the club and the Girls Academy is to expand the number of youth categories in the future and to contribute significantly to the development of women's football in the Czech Republic. Comprehensive training of young female players is provided by a wide range of implementation teams including specialists, and later in life the academy coordinates the education and accommodation of female players in high school. In our organization we want to build on honest and open communication, rely on active and teamwork and build professional relationships. Our goal is to have a player ready for the women's A-team.“
"Our goal is to create a common club philosophy with a unified vision and values. To gradually apply the elements of the club philosophy to the individual teams and together with the coaches from the smallest categories to prepare players primarily for our A team and secondarily for other teams in the 1st league. It is important for us to educate players not only as footballers but also as people."
Sparta’s most famous player who went through all of the club’s youth divisions, always playing in the best team of every division. He had his first peek into the A-team at the age of 18, transferring to Borussia Dortmund, where he stayed for 5 years, after two seasons. Another big jump in his career came in 2006 when he entered the British Premier League, wearing the colours of Arsenal F.C. for the next 10 years. He then returned to Sparta in the summer of 2016 and officially ended his professional career in December 2017. In total, he played 105 matches as a member of the Czech national team.
Tomáš was 5 years old when he first started playing football at Sparta. He continued on, moving up through all of the best teams of the youth divisions and signing his first professional contract at the age of 17. He gained valuable experience playing in the adult league during his year-long loan spell at FK Jablonec before returning to Sparta for two productive seasons, winning the Czech Cup, the Czech Football League and helping his team in the Champions League. He then joined the Ukrainian Shakthar Donetsk where he stayed for 10 years, winning eight league titles, four Ukrainian Cups, and the UEFA Cup in 2009.
One of the players representing the strong group of players born 1992 and raised at the Strahov academy. He first joined Sparta’s A-team at the age of 17 and has since played 131 games in the Czech league, scoring 25 goals as a left midfielder. He also played several seasons of the UEFA Europa League, including the quarter-finals in 2016 when Sparta faced Villarreal, and then transferred to FC Bologna. One of his greatest achievements was the second place at UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
Pavel is another player from the 1992 “gang”, and a grandson of Václav Vrána – one of the club’s legendary players. His first adult stint was with Viktoria Žižkov as well – he spent six months there, before returning to Sparta, where he gradually made his way on to the pitch wearing the team’s colours. In the 2013/2014 season, he made a final transition from the right midfielder into the defence, becoming the core element of the team’s roster. He also played a big hand in winning a Double for his team. In the summer of 2015, he signed a contract with a Bundesliga team, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
A skilled forward with great aim is one of Sparta’s former pupils as well. He first joined the A-team in the season of 2013/14 and holds the season’s Czech Cup. In the next season, however, he only appeared on Sparta’s junior roster, so he was sent off for a year’s loan to Bohemians1905, where he became one of the core members of the team and scored 8 goals in Czech First League matches. This, together with his achievements on the Czech Republic national under-21 football team, earned him a contract with U.C. Sampodria in Italy where he scored 11 goals as a substitute, subsequently landing a contract with A.S. Roma.
David took his first steps into the A-team at the age of 18. He made his debut in a match with Sparta’s long-term rival, Slavia, when he had to replace Petr Kouba, who had been sent off, and managed to finish the game without conceding a single goal. In the same season, he also had to replace Jaromír Blažek during the final game of the ČMFS Cup, helping his team achieve victory. After several loans, he made a final transition into Slovan Bratislava, staying there for two seasons before returning to the Czech Republic and signing a contract with Slovan Liberec, helping the team win the Czech First League. He had also spent some time under contract with two different Turkish teams. In 2014, he came back to Sparta.
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Son of Sparta’s famous midfielder, Martin is another strong player born in 1992. He became a part of Sparta’s B-team at the age of 19 and was sent on loan to FK Senica in Slovakia at the end of the season. In January 2013, he was a part of a transfer deal under which he and his fellow Sparta-raised player, David Pavelka, were sent to Liberec in exchange for Lukáš Vácha. He gained a permanent position as a member of the first 11 in Slovan Liberec, winning the Czech Cup. After returning to Sparta in the summer of 2015, he managed to get his break and played in a quarter-final match against Villarreal at the UEFA Europa League competition.