The youngsters who are part of the Talent Academy train every day, just like the players of the professional clubs, because that is the level of preparation to which they must aspire.
Each season, 30 youngsters are admitted, carefully selected during internships in the area and tryouts held directly in the Turin facility, so that the technical and physical level is on average high and in any case adequate for a facility of excellence. No more than 30 players, because the technical staff has to work with a number of athletes suitable to guarantee them an accurate preparation, with the presence on the field of two or three coaches at the same time. Apart from moments of aggregation such as the “little match”, the work groups are always divided to carry out departmental sessions (defenders, midfielders, forwards) or personalised exercises such as those on technique.
Obviously to these coaches must be added the goalkeeper coach, who works with the number 1s in specific exercises or collaborates with the defensive department with whose movements modern goalkeepers must move in concert; and the athletic trainer, who interacts continuously with the technical staff so that each technical exercise is consistent with the athletic preparation project. The only training time ‘without the ball’ is in the gym, which the boys do two or three times a week, depending on their specific muscle-building needs.
The training programme is studied in detail by the technical staff, according to different levels of programming: