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The Athletic Bilbao/Antiguoko KE Coaches Course is set in the Basque Country of Spain, splitting time between San Sebastián and Bilbao. This course puts American coaches straight into the heart of La Liga club Athletic Bilbao and the academy of Antiguoko KE, one of the top academies in Spain that produced Xabi Alonso and Mikel Arteta. Spend the morning at Athletic Bilbao’s Lezama training facility studying their methodology and go on the field with Antiguoko KE at night to work directly with their players and staff.
Spend your mornings on a formation course with staff from La Liga club Athletic Bilbao. In the evenings go on the field as part of the staff with the famous Basque academy Antiguoko KE to coach live training sessions. Through the week also see a La Liga match, watch Athletic Bilbao’s 1st team and academy teams train, and experience the amazing Basque culture.
Depart the USA for Bilbao’s Loiu Airport where ESS staff meets you and takes you to San Sebastian. Upon arrival check into your hotel and directly to dinner and a clinic orientation meeting at the Antiguoko KE clubhouse before heading to a La Liga match.
Spend your entire day at Athletic Bilbao’s Lezama training facility where you’ll watch the first team train and start your formation course in the morning. After lunch tour their amazing San Mames stadium and into the evening watch Athletic’s academy teams and women’s teams train.
Spend your morning in Lezama with the Athletic Bilbao staff, followed by lunch at the Antiguoko KE clubhouse, where you will find the boots Xabi Alonso wore during the UEFA Champions League Final with Liverpool FC in 2005. At night take your first training session with Antiguoko KE.
Morning formation course with Athletic Bilbao before heading back to San Sebastian for lunch and sightseeing. At night train with Antiguoko KE before dinner in San Sebastian.
Your last morning in Lezama with the Athletic Bilbao staff. After the session head back to San Sebastian for lunch and free time. At night take your final session with Antiguoko KE before dinner at their clubhouse.
In the morning you’ll meet with the staff of Antiguoko KE to learn about their methodology along with their unique partnership with Athletic Bilbao. After you’re off to explore the beautiful villages of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz, France before heading back to San Sebastian for dinner at the famous Sideria Petritegui.
ESS Staff/Coaches game on the beach, followed by a tour of Real Sociedad’s Zubieta training facility. After lunch you’ll watch Antiguoko KE matches before a farewell dinner and free time in San Sebastián.
Return to Bilbao’s Loiu Airport for departure to the USA.