Didier Agathe Academy

Allowing (regardless of ethnic criteria) the youth to learn and grow in respect of civic values, in order ​​to build a project for one's life, while maintaining a balance in both of education and sports.

Didier Agathe

Didier Agathe is a French footballer born 16 August 1975 in Saint-Pierre de la Reunion. Trained as a striker in Montpellier HSC, he spent most of his career at Celtic FC as a right midfielder. He is so far the most titled Reunion player and participated in more than 40 games in Europe including a final cut in 2003 in Seville.

Didier won the championship with the Celtic FC in Scotland in 2001, 2002 and 2004 as well as the Scottish Cup in 2001, 2004 and 2005.

Why an Academy?

The implementation of this project is first and foremost a human and particularly professional project in a very tough economic environment. Football on the island as well as in the Indian Ocean area becomes a means of social integration of utmost importance.

Respect, solidarity, tolerance, work, emotion, joy are just some of the key words that guide the work of the Academy to help these young people achieve their dreams of "Becoming a professional footballer in EUROPE and primarily in England and Scotland".

Detection & Training

Talent detection for young football players aged 15 to 25 years are offered in association with the LRF and Pôle Espoir center based in the Plaine des Cafres.

The method we practice is linked to the development of motor skills-based educational games related to football, but also to initiation and development. A competitive strategy is thus put forward to boost our players' motivation and performances.

Biography

Didier Agathe

Founder

Trained as a striker in Montpellier HSC, Didier spent most of his career at Celtic FC as a midfielder and his club won the Scottish championship in 2001, 2002 and 2004 as well as the Scottish Cup in 2001, 2004 and 2005 .

Didier Agathe

Founder

"My motivation? See our youth progress and take confidence to achieve their dream.”

Didier Agathe joined the training center of Montpellier HSC in 1992. Playing as a striker, he played in two games this season with the reserve team. During the 1996-1997 season, he was loaned to Olympique Ales in National Division (3rd) and plays twenty-nine games for four goals. Back to his former club, Didier was seriously injured and returned to the Reunion to recover. He made his first appearance in the Montpellier HSC first team during the 1997 Intertoto Cup by playing the game against Gloria Bistrita in the group stage of the competition, then the following season, he played two league games with the MHSC. The first one of the two happened at the 30th season game played at Stade Abbe Deschamps, against AJ Auxerre. Didier came into play in the 57th minute of the game to replace Didier Timothy and the two teams split a draw (2-2).

Didier ended its contract with the MHSC, and joined Raith Rovers Scottish Second Division club in August 1999. Two days after signing, he scored a hat-trick against Airdrie United, then in October was awarded the player of the month. At this time, he was featured in the movie 'A Shot at Glory' of Michael Corrente, where he played aGlasgow Rangers player. After scoring 15 league goals in thirty games, Didier Agathe joined Hibernian FC the following season, on a three months contract. He scored 4 goals for the club in its first four games and several English clubs including Charlton Athletic, Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday got interested by its performance.

Two months after his arrival at the club, Didier Agathe refused to sign a two-year contract with the club and then signed with Celtic Glasgow for £50,000. It quickly made his way in the starting 11 on the right side of the team and at the end of the season won the championship and the cup. The following season, he got injured (ligament) in November and had to wait three months before coming back to the pitch. He won his second championship with the Celtic at the end of the season.

Important member of the team with Henrik Larsson and Paul Lambert, in 2003, he reached the final of the UEFA Cup. Opposed to FC Porto, the Celtic players managed to equalize by to Henrik Larsson thanks to an assist from Didier Agathe, before finally surrendering by three goals to two in the overtime. In February 2004, Berti VOGTS, the National Scottish Coach thinks about Didier for the national team but finally had to renounce due to the hostility of the public and the Scottish players.

In February Didier Agathe received proposals from Valencia CF and Juventus but coach Martin O'Neill declared him non-transferable. With the arrival of Gordon Strachan as manager, Didier's situation changes and he loses his STARTING SPOT after an injury. Didier thus leaves the club in February 2006 and then performs severals trials, especially with Blackburn Rovers in July 2006 and with Torino FC in August. In September 2006, Didier signs for Aston Villa where he meets his former Celtic coach Martin O'Neill. He played six games with the club, once in the starting 11, before his contract expired in January 2007. He then returned to Reunion Island and reaches a deal with JS Saint-Pierroise where he later become President in 2008, winning the championship that season, 16 after the club's last title. Didier resigned in December because of internal problems at the club. During that period, Didier Agathe creates a sports academy for young players of Reunion and Madagascar.

Takinglocal specificities into account

As in most clubs in Reunion and as elsewhere, training players is addressed in a comprehensive and stereotyped way. The specific aspect of the country is neglected or omitted. Therefore, the player must travel to the UK in the following stages to perform trials that could change the course of his life in the long term. Thus, at the Academy, each player is subject to a specific and individual training organized around physiological, physical and mental demands of the individual as well as a training to meet the requirements needed to practice the language of Shakespeare. That is why we organize courses that effectively address identified gaps.

  • develop technical and intelligence in the game by establishing athletic and technical tests for the benefit of each player
  • participate in internal football tournaments (reduced perimeter, outdoors or indoors tennis ball)
  • follow a program of work, methods of training and academic technical education
  • demand generosity, humility, effort and ambition
  • take the time necessary to make achievements
  • provide information to young players in various fields (diet, exercise fitness and recovery, fight against doping, lifestyle, soccer laws and regulations, interviews with the media ...)
  • and above all maintain a constant exchange with the English or Scottish clubs
Family Synergy

Parents are an integral part of our strategy. Indeed, in addition to Sunday practices & during school holidays, a dedicated agenda has been set up. The parents, players 18- as well as players 18+ must sign a code of conduct and rules they are urged to respect.

The parents can therefore track the progress of their children. An indirect advantage is that, many parents are no longer faced with the day-to-day worries of what their children are up to, while their kids are taken care of at the Academy.

In Reunion, the parents must find solutions that combine their professional reality with the needs of their children. "Getting them busy & maling the right choice". Of course, childcare vacation opportunities abound, but parents do encourage their children to do more work during off-school time periods. It is no longer a hobby for their children, but they learn a real trade. This action is a real challenge for the future of those wishing to become professional footballers. Also, in order to help some of the parents and their kids, a Parents' Association called "Nou accompagn’ nout’ marmaille " was created at the Academy , the goal being to help these children. Today, the association counts more than 25 families on the Island.
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