[vc_row][vc_column][stm_heading_with_icon title= »PRE-TRAINING » icon_title= »icon-mg-icon-flag »][/stm_heading_with_icon][vc_separator align= »align_left »][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][mvc_infobox info_style= »mega_info_box_2″ shadow= »vc_info_box_shadow » hovershadow= »vc_info_box_hvr_shadow » title_color= »#000000″ caption_url= » »]Concerning young boys and girls aged 13 to 15, it constitutes the first step towards the high level. Its success is essentially based on the close collaboration between Arsenal College and the club. Created in 1996, the Sports Section of the Arsenal College allowed FC Metz to be a pioneer in pre-training, anticipating the establishment of the Poles Espoirs by the French Football Federation.

The many academic and sporting achievements of this section have aroused the interest of many major players in departmental and regional sport. The Arsenal college today brings together, in the wake of FC Metz: a Hope Pole for men’s basketball, a Hope Pole for women’s handball, a Hope Pole for mixed judo, a Hope Pole for table tennis, departmental sports sections swimming, gymnastics, rugby, tennis, skating … and since September 2015, a departmental sports section of women’s football bringing together 16 young footballers (4th / 3rd) as part of a collaboration between FC Metz and the Mosellan District of Soccer.

This dynamic has been supported from the start by the Departmental Directorate of National Education and the General Council of Moselle. The high point of this collaboration was the financing by the General Council of Moselle of a Boarding School for Sport and Success, inaugurated in 2011, within the very premises of the college. This accommodates 84 sportsmen (ves) including 30 footballers in exceptional accommodation conditions, in the immediate vicinity of the college and sports facilities. Managed successively by Denis Schaeffer then Sébastien Muet and Bertrand Antoine, the Pre-training Pole of FC Metz is now placed under the responsibility of Sébastien Allieri.

The significant resources developed by the club for its success demonstrate the importance attached to this stage in FC Metz training policy, based on the following objectives:

  • Bring together the best potentials from the FC Metz football school, the football schools of clubs associated with « Club FC Metz-Moselle » and regional football, from category U14 (4th), or even U13 (5th).
  • Offer these players a course allowing them to reconcile sports development, academic progress, education and family balance:
    • Schedule (end of lessons at 3 p.m. / start of lessons at 9 a.m. on Monday).
    • No course exemption (timetable including music, plastic arts, physical education and sports …).
    • Daily training, Monday to Friday (3.15 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.).
    • Daily school support session (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) supervised by teachers specializing in tutoring young students.
    • Daily relations between the college’s educational teams and FC Metz referents.
    • Dedicated medical follow-up: a doctor specifically in charge of the Pre-training group, physiotherapy treatments organized directly at the boarding school.
  • Offer young players in Pre-training a collective dynamic allowing each of them to rise:
    • Summer courses, including one week relocated (Brittany, Gironde, Provence, etc.)
    • International tournaments (2 to 3 per season).
    • School sport competitions (UNSS): futsal in 4th, competition reserved for Elite sports sections in 3rd.
    • Stays and trips abroad depending on the opportunities offered (Florida, China …)
  • Prepare young players for the training center requirements.
    • Training contents
    • Hygiene and pace of life
    • Level of educational requirements (attitude towards effort, personal investment, behavior, respect for the structure and people, etc.)


  • Convincing collective results for many years (Inter-regional U15 champion for almost 10 years, victories and finals of prestigious international tournaments, 7 titles of champion of France of the Elite sports sections …)
  • Demonstrating academic results (100% success in the secondary school diploma in 2015, 2016 and 2017, 80% in general 2nd year, etc.)
  • A strong presence of players from the Pre-training Pole in the training center’s workforce. (each year 70% of outgoing U15s join the training center for a course of 3 to 5 years).
  • Access to the highest level of many players: Miralem PJANIC, Yeni NGBAKOTO, Rudy GESTEDE, Romain METANIRE, Gaétan BUSSMANN, Joris DELLE, Gaétan BONG, Thomas DIDILLON, Maxwel CORNET, Matthieu UDOL, Chris PHILLIPS, Anthony MFA MEZUI… by elsewhere all graduates …
  • The academic and athletic progress of many others who today pursue a life of adult and accomplished athlete.

Building on these successes, the Pre-training Pole occupies an essential place in our organization.[/mvc_infobox][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]