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:
Building on these successes, the Pre-training Pole occupies an essential place in our organization.