The team is encouraged to play an attractive, attacking style of soccer with a disciplined defense. Our approach is to conduct practice like a professional apprenticeship team in Europe .
Training will consist of coordination/technical training, individual/team tactics and physical fitness. Soccer is a thinking game, therefore we put great emphasis on developing vision, reading the game, quick decision-making, movement off the ball, communication and mental toughness.
The Academy has a weight training program that is designed for the needs of a soccer player.
Bobby Lennon, 42, is a former professional coach and player. Lennon played in the Unites States, England, and . Bobby was born in Northern Virginia where he captained his youth team to the National Championship.
Lennon was the co-founder of the A-League, Richmond Kickers Pro Soccer Club. Lennon served as General Manager, Head Coach and Assistant Coach. The Richmond Kickers were the first club to ever win “the double”, winning the league championship and the US Open Cup.
The Club also won the USISL Organization of the Year Award. Bobby spent 16 years with the late Dennis Viollet as a player and assistant coach. Viollet is a legend of Manchester United who still holds the scoring record for most goals in one season. Dennis was a pro coach in the North America Soccer League (NASL).
Professional Clubs in Germany, England, Denmark, Honduras; MLS: D.C. United, NY/NJ MetroStars, Dallas Burn, New England Revolution, Columbus Crew, Colorado Rapids, Los Angles Galaxy, Miami Fusion; USL A-League: Rochester Rhinos, Charleston Battery, Hampton Roads Mariners, Raleigh Flyers, Jacksonville Cyclones; Universities/Colleges: Virginia, Duke, NC State, SMU, Naval Academy, UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Tufts, Williams, Drexel, George Mason, James Madison,Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, American, Davidson, College of Charleston, Campbell, Appalachian State, East Carolina, Elon, NC Wesleyan, Virginia Military Institute, Washington & Lee, Randolph-Macon, Longwood, Hampden- Sydney, Christopher Newport, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville, FIU, South Florida, Flagler, Palm Beach Atlantic and more…
Coaches from the following programs are interested in our current players:
Wrexham Football Club (English Football League, Division 2), George Washington, American University, George Mason, Florida Atlantic University, Stetson, NC State, Coastal Carolina, Central Conn., St. Thomas U, St.Leo University , University of West Florida, University of North Florida.
The Pumas are sending current student-athletes to train and go to university in Wrexham for the 2006-07 calendar school year. This program does not hurt NCAA eligibility. There is a possibility of the student-athlete signing a professional contract if both parties are interested.
Student-Athletes are encouraged to register and attend Palm Beach Community College (PBCC). The Palm Beach Pumas Soccer Academy and PBCC do not have a partnership. If the student-athlete chooses to become a member of the soccer academy then attending the community college is his best financial choice. There are other options to satisfy the needs of individuals such as technical schools or local universities.
The Academy will have a study hall supervisor that helps create a disciplined study environment and he will assist student-athletes with their academic needs. This will include but won’t be limited to organizing study hall and tutoring; communicating with the student-athlete’s college professors and parents; helping student-athletes set short and long term academic goals; monitoring the overall success of the student-athlete’s academics.
The student-athlete will submit a list of 5 colleges/universities he will attempt to attend after one or two years in the Academy. The student-athlete, academy academic supervisor and college guidance counselor will meet to determine what courses must be completed to transfer to out of state colleges and universities.
In order to play NCAA soccer in the 2007 season then the student-athlete must complete a minimum of 24 credits in 2006-07. The students are discouraged to take more than 12 credits hours per fall and spring semesters because of the heavy soccer schedule. The community college will not allow students to take more than 6 credit hours during the summer 6-week short term. Student-athletes can transfer from community college with 30 credit hours if they attend the summer semester.
The student-athletes live in the Emerald Vista Apartments located two blocks from the community college. There will be 4 student-athletes per two bedroom apartments. The student-athlete will tour the housing on their weekend visit.
The student-athletes will eat and prepare their own meals in their apartments. The Academy will help the student-athletes shop for well-balanced food that benefits the needs of soccer players.
Yes, we recommend that the student does bring a car but it is optional.
It will be “first come, first serve” for quality players.
The student-athlete and his parents will sign a contract and mail it to the program’s management with a non-refundable deposit of $1,000.