Sparta Youth Academy

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Sparta Youth Academy
Sparta Jeugdopleiding logo.jpg
Full name Sparta Rotterdam Youth Academy
Founded 1 April 1888
Ground Het Kasteel, Rotterdam
Capacity 11,926
Chairman Netherlands Rob Westerhof
Manager Netherlands Dolf Roks
Website Club website

The Sparta Youth Academy is a football youth academy based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from where the organization manages a total of 13 youth teams (ages 7–18). The academy is the primary youth clinic of Dutch football club Sparta Rotterdam, the oldest professional football club in the Netherlands.[1][2]

The Academy received the four star academic sports certification, the highest possible rating for sports academies in the Netherlands, having won the best National football academy award on several occasions.[3]


The Sparta youth system is famous for having produced and still producing many great Dutch internationals such as: Danny Blind, Danny Koevermans, David Mendes da Silva, Ed de Goey, Winston Bogarde, Henk Fräser, Jan van Beveren, Jetro Willems, John de Wolf, Kevin Strootman, Kew Jaliens, Luuk Balkestein, Pim Doesburg, and Nick Viergever.[4][5]

Notable former players[edit]


Youth teams

Level Team Age League Cup International
A-juniors A1 -19 Nike Eredivisie A-juniors Cup UEFA Youth League
A2 .A-juniors Eerste Divisie
B-juniors B1 -17 B-juniors Eredivisie B-juniors Cup
B2 .B-juniors Eerste Divisie
C-juniors C1 -15 C-juniors Eredivisie C-juniors Cup
C2 .C-juniors Eerste Divisie
D-pupils D1 -13 D-pupils Eredivisie D-pupils Cup
D2 .D-pupils Eerste Divisie
D3 .D-pupils Tweede Divisie
E-pupils E1 -11 E-pupils Eredivisie E-pupils Cup
E2 .E-pupils Eerste Divisie
E3 .E-pupils Tweede Divisie
F-pupils F1 -9 F-pupils Eredivisie F-pupils Cup
F2 .F-pupils Eerste Divisie
F3 .F-pupils Tweede Divisie

Competition history[edit]


In addition to training professional football players, the Sparta Youth Academy also offer other courses, such as a degree in Sports Marketing, in collaboration with the Erasmus University Rotterdam offered since 2011. A level 3 and level 4 International Business Study program in Sport & Exercise has been offered since 2009 in collaboration with Zadkine College. It is specifically for the players who start in the MBO (department sport and physical activity) and the players that follow a different vocational training in collaboration with a Zadkine customization.

Board and staff[edit]

Current Staff[edit]


  • Netherlands Rob Westerhof

Head coach

Technical Director (upper-level A–C)

  • Netherlands Pieter Schrassert Bert

Technical Director (mid-level A–C)

  • Netherlands Camiel van Hoogstraten

Technical Director (lower-level D–F)

  • Netherlands Jim Camphens

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Opleiding Sparta". 20 November 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  2. ^ "Talentenfabriek Sparta moet structureel spelers afstaan". 18 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Jeugdopleiding Sparta beoordeeld met 4 sterren". Rijnmond TV. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  4. ^ Hamilton, Chloe (1995-10-22). "Exponenten uit de jeugdopleiding van Sparta Rotterdam". Sparta Jeugdopleiding. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  5. ^ "Grooming talent the Ajax way". 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°55′10″N 4°26′01″E / 51.919485°N 4.433619°E / 51.919485; 4.433619