Swedish football club Malmö FF has partnered with upper secondary school Malmö Fria Läroverk to create Sweden’s first FIFA academy eAkademin. The eAkademin is set to become the first FIFA academy on a high school level in Europe, directly connecting students with esports.
As part of the deal, students will have the opportunity to combine their regular high school education with lectures and training about FIFA.
The basic idea is that through the sports academy students will get the tools needed to succeed as a person. Through the programme, students can get a good basis for a civilian career while enabling a more professional investment in esports where they are trained by some of Sweden’s best esports and instructors.
Students will be able to attend FIFA training twice a week, with participants being assigned a health coach. The health coach will oversee physical training, ergonomics, mental health, nutrition and sleep. By combining FIFA lectures with health lessons the school wants to educate students on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while working in esports.
Moreover, the FIFA curriculum was inspired by the main elements that Malmö FF’s professional FIFA players focus on. This includes their training regime for physical activity, health and esports.
The development in esports goes the same way as football has done in the last 30 years. To succeed in esports, just as in any other sport, you need to take care of your body and your health. The managers at Malmö FF are convinced that regular physical activity, diet and sleep are important pieces of the puzzle to perform in esports. At the academy, students will have the best conditions to do this.