This July will mark a year since the new Masia opened its doors
The introduction of a “bachillerato” course is one of the new developments in the new Masia-Centro de Formacion Oriol Tort
The new Masia-Centro de Formacion Oriol Tort in the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper opened a year ago and during the first 12 months the centre has helped produce a number of improvements in the daily lives of the players and coaches – with a series of innovations that have helped make the centre a unique experience for all concerned. The centre has 75 young sportsmen this year -54 footballers and 21 from other sections- after taking over from the old Masia which ran for 31 years. The director of the Masia, Carles Folguera spoke to the Barça TV programme “Promesas” and looked back on the first successful year, stressing the importance of the new “bachillerato” course, the promotion of Youth team players to Barça B and the increased number of young players joining the first teams of the various professional sections.
Academic and sporting development go hand in hand
Folguera expressed himself especially happy with the introduction this year of a new pre-university course at the Masia: “the most important thing in the development plan we’re putting into place is the new “bachillerato” course for the Youth A teams and the youngsters from the other sections who come in in the morning”. Folguera also made it clear how important a good education to transmit the values of the Club is for the youngsters, wherever they end up.
“It’s a pioneering project amongst football clubs, that has worked out really well and we need to strengthen it because it is a distinctive element. We have fulfilled a golden rule – combining sporting development and a high level of academic achievement”, explained the Masia Director, who also stressed the importance of the talks given by ex-players such as Valentin Fuster and Lilian Thuram, the exchange visit with the Escolania de Montserrat or the visit to the Auditorio de Barcelona to watch a rehearsal “which helped us to see the similarities between an orchestra and a collective sports team”.
One of the improvements which has been made due to the new installations at the Masia is that the players and trainers have all the material they need much closer at hand, as well as allowing more attention to be paid to the needs of the coaches, teachers and the Director himself.