Life at an EduKick Boarding School
EduKick soccer school students enjoy a safe and secure living environment in either dorms or local host families. All living areas are carefully monitored to provide security, comfort and convenience for our international students.
Students live in fully furnished dorms with 24-hour security and access control. Only parent pre-approved visits may occur. Any other visits or outings without EduKick supervision will be rejected unless specific parent approval is in writing. No exceptions allowed.
Some boarding school students also have the opportunity to live with a host family, giving them a rare personal glimpse into the daily life of a foreign family.
We encourage all students to contact their families within one day upon arrival, via email or a phone call. In the case of illness, injury or other issues, the family is contacted immediately.
Parents can also contact EduKick staff by email at any time and will be given a separate 24-hour emergency contact number upon registration. We make efforts to allow weekly phone calls and email facilities when possible. Cell phones are permitted but are discouraged by EduKick due to high costs and possible loss of them.
Living at the Dorms
In the dorms, each player will have a roommate, assigned based on gender, age, and interests, among other things. Boys and girls who are high school age or younger will stay on separate floors, and at no time will they be allowed to enter a room of the opposite sex.
Anybody who breaks this rule will face immediate expulsion. Naturally, tobacco, alcohol, and drugs (except for authorized medication) are prohibited.
The staff will set aside time for students to make weekly calls home, and they will have access to computers and the Internet.
Living with a Host Family
EduKick host families are vetted against our strict criteria. They have been carefully selected, and they have considerable experience in hosting international students for the long term.
Host families are responsible for breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and all three meals on weekends. Students may also request to stay in the country during the two three-week breaks.
A Day in the Life of an EduKick High School Student
7:45 a.m. Wake up call
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 8:50 a.m. Preparation for school
9:00 – 1:40 p.m. Classes
1:50 – 2:50 p.m. Lunch at Residence
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Classes
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Trip to the pitch
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Soccer practice with local teams
(Soccer schedules will be slightly different for each player)
8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Trip back to residence
9:15 – 10:15 p.m. Dinner
10:15 – 11:00 p.m. Wrapping-up Time
11:00 – 11:10 p.m. Room Check and Lights Out
“Thanks guys…It was a great year.
As you know, we had 2 goals coming into this program: find a safe; hospitable; loving (I use that word because I felt every one of your staff showed that to Quinn and myself when I visited); professional environment that would allow a young kid to learn/experience the ins and outs of becoming a professional football player. Secondly, to secure some reputable relationships with UK teams and professionals that we could leverage for the 2014 season that would trend us down the path of scholarship football in a professional football setting.
In my opinion, I think both of those goals exceeded our expectations and I owe it to you guys for helping us find our way over this last year. I want to personally thank you for giving me the confidence that you always had Quinn’s best interests in mind. You gave me total peace of mind that he was always in a safe environment where he was surrounded by well-intentioned adults who allowed Quinn to mature at his own pace.
Much success for the 2013-14 season and I look forward to chatting with you more in the near future.”
– Sean Bredin – Father of Quinn Bredin aged 15 – Canada
I would like to express to you and the staff in Madrid how happy my husband and I were with the Madrid Edukick program, Jye has had the most wonderful 6 months of his life and a very special thank you to all of the Edukick Madrid staff for caring and looking after our son so well.
This program has given him the opportunity to live and embrace another culture whilst playing a sport he has loved from a very early age under the professional guidance of I believe to be perfect mentors for young youth of today. Jye has established truly great friendships with the other boys, friendships he will have for ever regardless of the geographic distance between them. Thank you all kindly for a wonderful program.
– Dyan & Steve Thais – Parents of Jye aged 16 – Australia
For Cody, Edukick was a truly amazing experience! He met other boys from all over the world and made lasting friendships. The soccer training and facilities were excellent. The boys received daily training from a professional coach and from that he learned so much in terms of soccer skills and how to develop as a better player. Cody was 17 when he left for Italy.
He travelled totally on his own from Canada to EduKick Italy which was a bit worrisome for us, but the staff at Edukick were there to meet him at the airport in Rome as soon as he arrived. They even arranged for me to have Cody call us as soon as he got off the plane. As a parent I had no worries while he was living abroad. The staff at Edukick promptly address any questions you may have during your son’s stay and they are always supervised on guided cultural excursions.
As far as his academic studies, it has been very positive. Cody has always been an excellent student and he did very well through the school year. He is now fairly fluent in Italian which is very impressive. He also took a graphic design course which was part of his curriculum and he has really developed as an artist. He learned amazing techniques and skills in drawing.
Through the school year, we received updates on what the boys had been up to and with lots of pictures and videos, which I really enjoyed. We also got reports from his school.
Overall, it was a fantastic, unforgettable experience for our son. Thank you!
– Patti d’Entremont – Mother of Cody d’Entremont aged 17 – Canada