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Football Option

In partnership with Foot Lab, IIL offers an integrated football option. In addition to developing high-level academic and sporting skills, the idea to give students the opportunity to acquire human qualities that will accompany them throughout their lives.

Discover IIL’s unique partnership with Foot Lab, an innovative Football programme developed by Patrick La Spina. The Institut International de Lancy offers a French and English football option in partnership with Foot Lab, a football training organisation created by Patrick La Spina and recognized for its methodology chosen by Zinédine Zidane for its schools, the Zidane Five Club.
A holistic approach

This option aims to provide students with a passion-based learning curriculum which combines traditional school subjects and football training through a structured programme and high-quality practice.

Our common approach consists in integrating the teaching of football at a high-level as a core component of the school curriculum. This includes training sessions with a top-quality methodology inspired by those in the finest training centres in Europe, as well as theoretical content such as the culture of football, managing emotions or health-related topics.

The student is our priority, in particular their personal development in all its forms:

  • specific features of football,
  • the mind, body and spirit connection,
  • managing emotions,
  • and the ability to deal with the unexpected.

Our objective is to help students grow in their passion for football, with all the values that sport can bring to a child, as well as to provide top-quality education and broaden their opportunities for the future, whether in sports or academic studies.

An innovative programme

This option is designed for all students with a passion for football regardless of gender or sports ability. One of a kind, it builds connections and bridges between sport and academics, while paying particular attention to the emotional and physical demands of the child.

Thanks to this innovative programme, the student learns and improves on:

  • making decisions,
  • facing the unexpected and adapting quickly to evolving situations,
  • managing their emotions. 

Three weekly training sessions address different aspects of the game, such as:

  • create space (with and without the ball) and analyse situations,
  • develop individual technique and tactics in small spaces.
Theoretical courses

In addition to the training sessions, part of the pedagogical programme is focused on football:

  • the culture of football (i.e. cross-referencing cultural, historical, geographical and sociological themes with the history of a city or the career of a player),
  • health (how to manage emotions and to step back, anti-bullying awareness, nutrition, natural medicine, injury prevention). 
Foot Lab, a renowned football organisation

Foot Lab offers a cutting-edge sport and educational programme for young football players, as well as training for coaches and support for clubs. 

Its philosophy focuses on the holistic development of each child as an individual. Courses are based on the fluidity of movement in a dynamic context and the ability to adapt in complex situations. 

Foot Lab was founded by Patrick La Spina, a trainer and specialist in technical development and the creator of the Zidane Five Club methodology, in collaboration with Zinedine Zidane and David Bettoni.