Barca Innovation Hub x Blanquerna

The International Football Group x Barça Innovation Hub x Blanquerna Ramon Llull University

Football Education


Barça Innovation Hub Football Education


Welcome to the Official Partnership between The International Football Group (IFG), Barca Innovation Hub and Blanquerna-Ramon Llull University. Our collaboration brings forth a unique opportunity for aspiring student-athletes to immerse themselves into a world of professional football, receiving top-tier training and support from one of the most prestigious Football Clubs in the world, combined with an educational experience delivered by industry-leading sport and business professionals.

IFG, Blanquerna and the Barcelona Football Education Programme represents a paradigm shift in football development, epitomising the transformative power of strategic collaboration, visionary leadership, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

Through its holistic approach to talent cultivation, academic enrichment, and cultural exchange, the programme is poised to redefine the contours of football education, inspiring generations of aspiring student-athletes to engage, achieve, and excel, personally and professionally.

A unique Football-Education Programme offering a range of tailored programmes to suit different needs and aspirations:

University Student-Athlete Programme: Tailored for university students who are also aspiring student-athletes, this programme provides an excellent platform to enhance both academic and athletic pursuits with real-life immersion into one of the biggest Football Clubs in Europe.

Three Month Gap Semester: Designed for individuals seeking a transformative gap semester experience (online study), participants can choose to train daily and play weekly fixtures throughout a 3-month programme, serving as a pathway to university programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Summer Training Clinic | Experience: Perfect for prospective students looking to refine their skills and explore opportunities in football, this training clinic | camp offers a comprehensive experience during the months of June and July. Opportunities to attend the University open days and meet industry relevant professionals. 

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Benefits of our four-year programmes

Our six Bachelor programmes in partnership with Blanquerna-Ramon Llull University opens a gateway to a world of unparalleled opportunities and advantages. From an intensive four-year format that comprises into a traditional curriculum into a dynamic learning experience to cost-effective and accelerated career entry, our programmes are designed to propel you toward success.

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Access to Elite Facilities
Training at the Barcelona Academy Facility (Joan Gamper) provides access to state-of-the-art training grounds, equipment, and resources, which are typically reserved for professional players.
Expert Coaching Methodology
Student-athletes will learn under the guidance of experienced coaches who implement Barcelona’s renowned coaching methodology. This approach emphasises technical skills, tactical understanding, and a strong focus on player development.
Educational Pathways

In addition to football-specific education, student-athletes will have access to educational pathways that enable them to pursue academic qualifications alongside their football training. This dual-focussed approach allows players to develop their intellect and skills both on and off the field, providing them with a well-rounded education.

Comprehensive Curriculum
The educational component offered through Blanquerna-Ramon Llull University ensures that student-athletes receive a well-rounded understanding of football, including sports science, nutrition, psychology, and strategic analysis.
International Environment

The programme will attract student-athletes from around the world, creating an international environment where players can learn from each other’s cultures, playing styles, and experiences. This exposure to diverse backgrounds can enrich their overall learning experience.

Networking Opportunities

Being part of this programme allows student-athletes to network with professionals in the football industry – including coaches, scouts, and other players, potentially opening doors for future opportunities within the sport.

Professional Development Seminars

The programme will include seminars and workshops focused on professional development topics such as media training, financial literacy, career planning, and personal branding. These sessions equip players with essential skills and knowledge to navigate the challenges and opportunities they may encounter in their football careers

Guest Lectures and Workshops

The programme will include guest lectures and workshops conducted by industry professionals, sports scientists, nutritionists, sports psychologists, and former professional players. These sessions can provide valuable insights into various aspects of football and personal development.

Mentorship Opportunities

Barcelona may offer mentorship opportunities where student-athletes are paired with experienced mentors who provide guidance, advice, and support throughout their journey. This mentorship can be instrumental in helping players navigate challenges and maximise their potential.

Ongoing Support and Alumni Network

Even after completing the programme, student-athletes will receive ongoing support, access to resources, and opportunities to stay connected through an alumni network. This network can facilitate continued growth, collaboration, and networking within the football community.

Career Transition Support

For student-athletes transitioning out of their football-education careers, the programme will offer support services such as career counselling, job placement assistance, and entrepreneurship training. This support helps players successfully navigate the transition to life beyond professional football and pursue fulfilling post-football careers.

Potential Pathways to Semi-Professional Football

For those aspiring to pursue a career in football, this programme can serve as a stepping stone. The connections, skills, and experiences gained through this opportunity will enhance student-athletes’ chances of securing trials, scholarships, or contracts with semi and / or professional clubs.

Exposure Matches and Tournaments

Student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete in friendly matches, tournaments and showcases against other academies, clubs and even professional teams. This exposure to competitive environments allows players to test their skills and gain valuable match experience.

Individualised Development Plans

Student-athletes will receive personalised development plans tailored to their specific strengths, weaknesses, and goals. This individualised approach helps maximise each player’s potential and accelerate their progress.

Technology Integration

The programme will leverage cutting-edge technology such as video analysis, GPS tracking, and performance monitoring systems to provide detailed feedback and insights into player’s’ performance. This technological integration enhances the training experience and allows for data-driven decision-making to optimise player development.

Scouting and Talent Identification

Scouts from semi-professional and professional clubs may attend training sessions or matches to identify potential talent for their youth academies or senior teams. This exposure to professional scouts increases player’s visibility and potential opportunities for further advancement in their football careers.