A World-Class Tennis Academy
Barcelona is one of the most attractive destinations in Spain, and at the same time plays host to a world-class tennis academy. Founded in 1998 by Emilio Sánchez Vicario (former World #7 player) and Sergio Casal, the Academia Sánchez-Casal is an educational institution with the highest standards. The Academia Sanchez-Casal has a proven track record in developing successful young people through all stages of their lives, both in tennis and life success.
Academia Sánchez-Casal believes that using tennis as an educational resource within the 'Academia' framework as the vehicle for personal development. Student athletes will continue to be good citizens of the world long after they leave Sanchez-Casal, due to the skills and interests developed at the Academia. Their Mission at the Academia Sánchez-Casal is "creating opportunities in tennis, in education, in life."
There is a focus on teaching and harnessing the core values of education, competitiveness, enthusiasm and industriousness. The academy has a unique training system as well as a high performance research center, and qualified teachers to teach Sanchez-Casal’s own brand of education.
This successful method enables students to obtain scholarships in universities across the United States, and the world, and has been used by professional ATP tennis players such as:
- Andy Murray - Wimbledon and Olympic Champion
- Grigor Dimitrov - Former World Top 8
- Juan Monaco - Former World Top 10
WTA players have also found glory and success after being a part of the Academia Sanchez-Casal:
- Svetlana Kuznetsova- U.S. Open and Roland Garros Champion
- Daniela Hantuchova- Former World Top 5
- Tamira Paszek- Former World Top 30
High Performance Training and International Schools
This High Performance training method is closely linked to the players’ academic development, provided by the ES International School, located within the Academy's Sport Campus.
The Academy offers great juniors study programs that include schooling and languages programs as well as weekly training camps for kids and adults of all levels.
The Academia Sanchez-Casal is conveniently located only 5 minutes away from Barcelona International Airport, relieving the stress of a long trip if you fly into Barcelona.
Lose Yourself in Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the most exciting cities in the world, so make sure you take the time to enjoy the city. This amazing city has served as inspiration to writers, poets, song makers, and even architects. Barcelona is blessed with the biggest collection of architectural works by Antoni Gaudi.
Gaudi’s masterpieces seem to be found at every corner of the city, not to mention his most majestic piece of work: La Sagrada Familia. Barcelona is a city that can be discovered by foot, bicycle or public transport, so clear your schedule for a day (or two) and give yourself a chance to properly discover the heart and soul of Catalunya.
Stop at a tapas bar and enjoy the amazing food Barcelona has to offer. Traditional food from all over the country can be found is Barcelona, as the amalgamation of Spanish culture make it even more interesting. If you still have some energy after your hours of tennis, your tapas and your sangria, head out to discover the truly unique nightlife of this city. Tapas are seafood-rich, but also come in vegetarian and other styles.
There are beautiful beaches located only 15 kms from the Academia Sanchez-Casal. It's worth the trip to cool down after your intense tennis training camp and rejoice in the beach waters, especially during warm, summer months.
Academia Sanchez-Casal is fully equipped to provide quality tennis lessons and training programs. These include 27 outdoor courts that vary between hard courts, clay courts and grass courts.
There are many accommodation options that cater to all travelers and family sizes. The Academy offers three types of on campus accommodation:
- Residence: The residence building offers a single and double rooms equipped with air conditioning and heating, telephone, satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi.
- Bungalows: The bungalows offer fully equipped double rooms with bathroom, air conditioning, heating, free satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi.
- Apartments: There are six magnificent apartments on campus, all on the second floor of the bungalow area. This idyllic location overlooks the swimming pool and academy grounds. Each apartment has two bedrooms, a lounge with TV, a fridge and a bathroom with shower.
The apartments have their own separate entryway providing exclusive access to the apartment area via an electronic card. Apartment users have the possibility to request half board or full board in the restaurant.
The campus security is monitored 24 hours a day by staff, and through internal CCTV cameras.
The Academia Sánchez-Casal, in conjunction with ES International School, offers players the possibility of completing an American educational program on campus. That way, young players can pursue their dreams of becoming a professional without interrupting their studies.
The school program is offered in a format that makes it fully compatible with a student's sport training without undermining academic quality. The program requires students to complete at least their Senior Year, or twelfth grade, of the American secondary education system in order to graduate.
The academic year is divided into two academic semesters:
- Fall Semester - approximately 1 September to 22 December
- Spring Semester - approximately 7 January to 22 June
Those students attending the school's third through eighth grades will have their academic classes in the morning from 08:00 to 13:55, and their tennis training in the afternoon. Those students attending ninth through twelfth grades will have tennis training in the morning, and have their classes from 12:10 to 17:20.
To make their academic schedules compatible with tennis, the final school and sports training schedule will depend on the grade level of the student and his/her tennis level.
ES International School (2013-2014 Figures)
- Number of students: 130
- Number of faculty: 20
- Grade levels: 3 to 12
- Nationalities represented: 42
The Language Program offers the possibility of combining weekly, monthly and annual tennis programs with Spanish or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses. These are carried out on-site at the Academia Sánchez-Casal campus, and are tailored to fit a young athlete’s schedule.
The language program is perfectly designed for athletes wishing to train in their favorite sport at the Academy while learning Spanish or English. Students are involved in a process of linguistic communication and intensive practice of the four basic elements of language education: oral, comprehension, written and reading proficiency.
With a total of 7½ hours per week, the language courses are delivered in the afternoons, Monday to Friday, making them totally compatible with training at the Academia Sánchez-Casal. Classes can start every Monday, giving students a chance to join after the year has started.
The Food & Beverages department works with the nutrition department in preparing menus and selecting the best, fresh produce. The Academy provides a wide variety of dishes and work to ensure a perfect balance of proper diet for all guests.
The fitness department works together with the Sánchez-Casal Academy tennis coaches in order to improve the physical abilities of players and develop plans to prevent the most common injuries in sports.
The Psychology Department at the Sanchez-Casal Academy aims to establish the emotional, academic, sporting and social welfare of students.
Video analysis is a tool for finding the strengths and weaknesses of the player. It can detect forms or styles of play that are repeated and develop strategies to overcome them.
The Academia Sánchez-Casal offers all student-athletes the necessary medical care coverage to either treat or prevent grave injuries. These include torn ACL and MCL treatments, as well as other torn muscle and ligament treatment.
The Pro shop is a professional tennis shop, offered to all Academy clients with a wide range of new sports products and services without having to leave the sports campus.