ORLANDO, FLORIDA (9/12/22) – It’s the start of a new school year, and at Soccer Resilience® we’re excited to kick it off with a brand new partnership that’s all about supporting student-athletes. SAI Academy, home to elite level youth soccer players, is partnering up with Soccer Resilience® for the 2022-23 academic year to bring top-notch mental performance skills training to each and every one of their student-athletes.
SAI Academy is a private school with a blended academic model that combines virtual learning with face-to-face instruction, while also incorporating on-the-field training with professional soccer coaches. Current student-athletes enrolled at SAI Academy include MLS Academy players from Orlando City SC, Inter Miami CF, Chicago Fire Football Academy and Austin FC, in addition to the students within their partnership with the Talentprojekt in Germany and a brick and mortar school in Sanford, Florida.
This school year, SAI Academy and Soccer Resilience® are joining forces to prioritize the development of a healthy mentality for players, both in soccer and in life. Student-athletes at SAI Academy will work with Soccer Resilience® to develop a strong foundation of skills to help not only impact their performance ON the field, but also their mental health and overall well-being OFF the field. Over the course of the year, SAI Academy student-athletes will be participating in live mental skills training sessions each month, plus given full access to the Soccer Resilience® FC content database chalked full of resources, tools and content to further their growth.
Upon learning that they would be partnering with Soccer Resilience® this school year, SAI Academy student-athletes expressed a lot of excitement for the program. Here’s what a few of them had to say:
SAI Academy’s vision “is to provide a leading academic alternative for elite athletes. We have a modern academic curriculum, a world-class athletic development program, and a strong foundation of core values resulting in the successful development of exceptional student-athletes.” Their partnership with Soccer Resilience® shows that they are committed to their goal of providing a complete development experience for their players.
By partnering with Soccer Resilience® and bringing a mental fitness training routine into the student-athletes Academic curriculum, SAI Academy is doing their players a huge service that will continue to pay forward for years to come. The training that SAI Academy students will be receiving with Soccer Resilience® will help players optimize their performance on the field through cultivating a growth mindset and recharging their mental game. Students will learn about the brain’s negative bias and how to harness positive self-talk to manage stress and anxiety. They’ll spend time learning the tools they need to conquer setbacks, identify & harness purpose and enhance performance on and off the field!
Overall, this partnership will give SAI Academy student-athletes the opportunity to train the most underutilized competitive edge in sports – the mind! It’s going to be a great school year, and soccer season!