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Elite Soccer school

Balance between Sport and School
As an “elite soccer school”, Akademia Los Puma provides its players with an optimal combination of intensive training and a solid education.

Jonathan Blacks
School Coordinator

Between school and stadium

 The Akademia Los Puma Elite Soccer School will be the first independent, professional football academy, offering an alternative to professional club system.      With support from the European Union Regional Development Funds, the primary goal of the Academy is to offer a genuine route back into professional  football for some of the youngsters discarded by professional system in the form of a residencial   Elite Soccer School.
The launch announcement states that players will be recruited from around the world, especially from Africa, South America and the Far East with a view to making substantial profit by selling the players´ registrations and other economic benefits, such as image rights, to professional clubs. The funds are intended to be used to pour money into smaller clubs who may be in financial difficulties, enabling them to buy or hold on to younger players for longer.
What is an Elite Soccer School?
A large number of the most talented football players have to handle the conflict of their academic commitments clashing with the regular training sessions and other expectations the Academy might have. For this reason it is important to help the youngsters handle the increased burden of achieving both their academic and competitive sporting goals.. In this respect a close cooperation between the football association, the academy, and the school is essential.
The Elite Soccer School lay the foundations for the talented players to cope with and ultimately ease the burden they are confronted with. “The founding of these elite soccer schools is another step towards optimising talent development in the region”. The Programmes offer an excellent entry into a sport coaching career giving players the opportunity   to achieve coaching qualifications, first aid, injury management skills, sport science award and work base learning. Players that are unable to make it into professional football within the shortest possible time  will work with a young, dynamic team to promote  sport participation through primary school coaching, development centres and holiday camps earning a salary while developing their work skills. Exit Opportunities – Full time career in coaching, overseas coaching, univeristy, sport development, Leisure  industry jobs.


Application Process

Who can apply to the Elite Soccer School?

This program is open to applicants of all nationalities. Especially from Africa, South America and the Far East.

What is the application process?

Please see the application procedure page for information on how to apply.

When is the deadline for an application?

We normally like to allow at least two weeks prior to your program start date to organize a place for you.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

No qualifications are needed to take part in the Elite Soccer School. However, for professional players seeking to join the program, your International Transfer Certificate (ITC) is needed.

Do I need to speak Polish?

Polish language skills are not required. Some of your Polish colleagues will be able to speak English. We ensure that you have an English-speaking supervisor who can act as your mentor and provide structure and support throughout your stay.

Why should I join the program?

It would not be possible to arrive in Poland or the European Union to search for a professional club on your own, and it can be extremely difficult without a good connection. By applying to the Academy you are ensuring that you get a high quality training while keeping fit, well enough exposure, building a sound playing profile, 100 % assurance of geting a professional contract with an european club, good quality accommodation, and that all the pre-departure preparations are taken care of by a team of experts.


We organize the paperwork for your residence visa, which needs to be obtained from the Ministry of Labour with co-operation from the relevant authorities and this is something that most professional clubs do not want to do. We bring you in and offer you to them for trials etc. We arrange your safe arrival into the country by meeting you and your fellow players at the airport, after which you will all be taken to your accommodation, and you will be given a full day of comprehensive training on Polish culture and business etiquette.


You’ll be living and socializing alongside your fellow team mates, who will offer significant camaraderie and companionship throughout the program. You will take part in the weekly social and professional activities that the Academy organizes on your behalf including karaoke, a Polish banquet and football tours in Poland as well as abroad.


Our program takes away any hassle and allows you to focus on your ambitions for your time in Europe.

I’m a Polish national, can I still apply?

Our program is primarily designed for passionate individuals; we do not restrict applications based on the nationality or cultural background of an applicant.


We accept applications from Polish nationals, those both living overseas and currently in Poland. We welcome young as well as professionals recorvering from either injury or who are out of contract.

What does “ALP” stand for?

Our Directors founded the company ´´Akademia Los Puma Limited´´ with support from the European Regional Development Funds as a sports, educational and cultural service provider.  The company runs six sport deciplines in the form of a youth Academy plus one professional program (the elite soccer schools), provided internship opportunities, intensive Polish Laguage and Short Training courses for students looking to gain experience in Poland, and offered strategic assistance for Small and Medium Enterprises looking to enter the Polish market.



How do I obtain a visa for Poland?

For all visa related questions, please e-mail: visa@puma-academy.com

Do I need to get vaccinations before I go to Poland?

Certain vaccinations are often advised for poland including: Tetanus, Polio, and Hepatitis. We recommend that you consult your doctor prior to traveling.

How do I book my flights to Poland?

Please note that the cost of your flight ticket, and travel insurance, is not included in our program prices. You will need to purchase your flight ticket ensuring that your flight arrives in any of the Polish International Airport, depending on which location you choose to apply to. Please make sure your flight arrives between the hours of 9am and 9pm in order for us to guarantee airport arrival services.


Akademia Los Puma partners with a number of flight operators in the UK, USA and Australia to help provide paticipants with flight recommendations, details of which can be provided upon request.

In Poland

How much money will I need to cover living costs while I’m in Poland?

The cost of living in Poland varies depending on how you choose to spend your money – residents earn very diverse levels of income and as a result the city offers a huge amount of choice in everything from restaurants to transport.

It is possible to live comfortably on a budget of as little as 12 PLN ($4/£2/€3) per day by eating at snack stalls, taking the bus and limiting your time in bars, but if you eat at Western style restaurants, take many taxis and spend more time out and about, you could spend up to 120 PLN ($40/£30/€34) per day. As a rule of thumb we recommend a budget of 30 PLN ($7/£5/€6) per day during the week and 48 PLN ($20/£15/€12) per day for weekends.

What happens when I land at the airport?

All participants are instructed to arrive between 9am to 9pm on your program start date and members of staff from the Academy will be waiting for you at the arrival gate. If you cannot see them, turn on your mobile so that they can contact you. Your pre-departure list will have the numbers of those staff members who are due to meet you.

Where will I live?

Your accommodation is  included within the program fee. We place everyone in modern, comfortable, serviced apartments in the centre of town. We ensure that all the apartments are clean, pleasant spaces to live in with TV, internet access, a lounge,  and air conditioning.

The Academy is different from other programs in that we accommodate all of our participants in the same building. This allows everyone to have the same standard of accommodation and to socialize with each other more easily.

What if I have my own accommodation?

In cases where you already have accommodation in Poland and would like to take a program with the Academy, please speak to your contact Manager.

In addition, once you join the program and before you travel to Poland, we will send you a pre-departure pack with advice on how to prepare yourself for your time in Poland.

What happens if I have any problems once I’m in Poland?

In the unlikely event that you encounter a problem while on your program, your first point of contact will be the Academy´s office in that city. Our multi-national team is made up of bilingual professionals who will be able to help you solve any issues that you might have. Program participants are always welcome to visit our offices.

Is there an opportunity to learn Polish while in Poland?

Yes. we provides Polish lessons up to 5 times a week for beginners. This will give you a great opportunity to learn new language skills while in Poland and will help you get around the city and communicate with locals.

If you can already speak Polish and would like to brush up on your skills, we can help you organize your own lessons.

We also provide coaching courses as well as other professional courses for advance players who cannot make it into professional football within the shortest possible time giving them something to hold back to after life as sportmen.

Are meals included in the program fee?

Yes. including the Welcome Banquet  during the Induction day, meals are  provided as part of the program except for participants living in own accomodation.


What is the visa application process?

Your application to our program will automatically be processed through the correct  regional office, depending on your current location. After you have been accepted onto the program, you will receive full details of the visa / working permits application process.

Visa information for UK / EU applicants

A national of the United Kingdom or the European Union staying in the Republic of Poland for a period exceeding 3 months has the obligation to register his or her stay, whereas his/her family members, who are not EU nationals, have the obligation to obtain a residence card of a family member of the EU natioanl.


From the 1st of January 2011 a work permits for foreigners who are not EU nationals in Poland will be Issued by the Department of Civil Affairs and Immigration in the region where the foreigner resides or intend to reside in the Republic of Poland.


The Akademia Los Puma helps in obtaining all necessary permits and registrations. The Academy also stand as sponsors to non EU applicants in obtaining a working and residence permits for the Republic of Poland for the desired purpose.


Are there scholarships available to help fund my trip?

We understand that covering the cost of these programs can sometimes be difficult. To help you with this, we’ve done some research into possible sources of funding assistance.

We have created see a list of available resources that you could use to help fund your trip.

Are your programs free?

There is a fee for our programs. You can open the programs Price and Dates page on our website for more information. Visit our What’s Included page for more information about what would be included in the program price.


The application fee is waived up to 50% for participants from developing countries. For list of developing countries, click here.

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