Jean-François Pien is the director of Paris Saint-Germain’s Campus and Youth Academy. He outlines the main advantages of the future facilities.
Jean-François Pien, what are the main advantages of the future Campus?
First of all, it will bring the first team and Youth Academy together in one place. Behind the professional team are youngsters on their way up, rising talents. They benefit from on-site schooling, weekly board, training and recovery rooms…and, above all, being close to the professionals: the campus is designed like a career path, a unique place where young players live, work, and are guided along the road to excellence. It will also make it much easier for the different coaches to interact, which means the youth players’ performance will be better monitored and nurtured.
What about the sports facilities?
The youth players will benefit from ultra-modern sports facilities that will enable them to progress in the best possible conditions: I’m specifically talking about the pitches that are equipped with a hybrid heating system, just like the pitches used by the pros, as well as the “Performance” area and balneotherapy room for recovery.
Will the women’s youth players be able to use the Campus?
Yes, this is a recent addition to the programme: the Campus will also be used by the women’s Youth Academy. This is a real asset for the centre, and for women’s football.