For 13 to 17 year olds, leaving their families to pursue their dreams is a joy, fun and a great opportunity. But it is also a considerable sacrifice, needless to say. To ensure that this separation from home is not too traumatic and to guarantee all youngsters a healthy and correct growth from all points of view – and not only in terms of football – the Talent Academy has organised itself in top-class accommodation.
The youngsters are housed and have their meals at the International Training Centre of the ILO, a specialised UN agency, in Via Maestri del Lavoro 10 in Turin. A campus with a hotel, restaurant and bar, medical and security services, with classrooms and auditoriums hosting courses and training activities, in an international environment with thousands of students and professionals arriving from all over the world. There is also a gym, fitness area, tennis courts and a natural grass football pitch.
Then there is the school aspect, which is fundamental to the philosophy of the Talent Academy. The children are obliged to attend school because sport, culture and education are inseparable elements. In their studies, the children are assisted by a tutor, who accompanies them in preparing their lessons and doing their homework, and they are obliged to achieve good results.
In addition to using public transport (bus and train), the Talent Academy has two minibuses to help the students get around. Speaking of facilities, last but not least, of course, are the training fields: the Talent Academy uses the sports facility in Strada delle Cacce in Turin, consisting of an 11-a-side synthetic grass pitch, a 5-a-side pitch, gym, infirmary, changing rooms, covered stand, toilets, offices and bar.