Justin Haber Academy player Leo Agius back at Sunderland AFC’s Academy of Light

Friday, August 23, 2013, 9:59

As the start of the Justin Haber Academy’s (JHA) second season draws near, the Academy continues to reap the rewards of the first season’s hard work. Set up in collaboration with Sunderland AFC, JHA strives to help Maltese young players experience professional training abroad and hopefully take the chance to make it as professional football players.

To achieve this goal the JHA runs a holistic training programme similar to that implemented at the Academy of Light. Apart from football, the programme includes sessions in sports nutrition, sports psychology and media ethics, and is run by a professional team led by head coach Steve McClarence assigned to JHA by Sunderland AFC.

Through the exclusive agreement with Sunderland AFC, the English Premier club regularly selects players to attend training camps at the Academy of Light. Three players were selected throughout last season and one of them, Leo Agius, left a very good impression. He was even selected to play a friendly against Newcastle United wherein he managed to find the net in a 3-0 win.

Agius’ performances led the promising young player to be invited to a second stint at the Category One (Elite Players Performance Plan) Academy. Agius is in fact spending this week at the Academy of Light where he is training twice a day and also playing in some games.

Among the Sunderland AFC coaches monitoring the Maltese youngster is Steve McClarence who praised Agius’ ability and determination to succeed. McClarence also said that training at JHA and at Sunderland helped Agius make significant progress.





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