Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen, often simply called KV Mechelen or KVM, or by their former French name FC Malinois, is a Belgian professional football club based in Mechelen in the Antwerp province, Belgium. The club competes in the Belgian Pro League, the top flight of Belgian football.
Mechelen Youth Development System
Mechelen ACADEMY MISSION AND VISION
It is the mission of the youth academy of KV Mechelen to organize high-level football matches and to allow as many players as possible from their own youth to progress to the first team. To make this possible, we use the following principles in addition to a professional structure :
- Individual training tailored to each player
- Social guidance for every player
- Extensive cooperation with schools and top sports education
- Integration of software to work professionally
- Continuously evaluate and adapt our football curriculum
Our vision is to achieve this by improving the level of our technical staff, further professionalizing our accommodation and collaborating on a regional level with schools and other sports clubs.
Training courses are built up in all age categories in accordance with the RBFA training vision, in which an appropriate mix of intermediate and competition forms is central in function of a maximum transfer of training themes to competition situations. In every training it is ensured that the core is spent at least 50% of the time on competition formats.
Players should be given the freedom to test what they have learned in the match context. Our coaching is therefore always aimed at allowing players to find solutions without imposing them on them in advance. The players must learn to recognize situations and learn to independently make (the right) decisions.
MORE THAN SPORTS
It is important that every child, regardless of his / her level, receives a broad general physical development with attention to education on and off the field. Learning to play together with others and to deal with profit and loss is just as important at a young age as sport.
We teach young people to play football in a positive way with the necessary fair play and respect for the referee and the opponent.
Our youth academy has the following accommodations:
The youth academy YR KV Mechelen:
- 1 lawn (area C)
- 2 artificial turf pitches (grounds A and B)
- 1 trainer field (the size of 2 large football fields)
- 1 Powerhouse (space in the AFAS stadium)
Sports park de Nekker:
- 4 lawns
- 1 artificial grass pitch
- Sports hall (Wednesday afternoon)
Mechelen Academy Recruitment
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K.V. Mechelen History
KV Mechelen was established in 1904 and gained promotion to the first division in the 1921–22 season. They had two consecutive bouts of relegation and promotion before finally regaining their position permanently between the 1928–1929 and 1955–1956 academic years. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the club saw a number of ups and downs in terms of their placement in the first and second divisions.
They competed in the first division from 1983–1984 to 1996–1997, during which time they won one championship and finished in second and third place on multiple occasions. During that time span, they were also victorious in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, and they advanced to the semifinals of the same competition, in addition to making it to the quarterfinals of the European Cup. The late 1990s were a period of decline for KV Mechelen, despite the fact that the club had two more brief stints at the top level, from 1999–2000 to 2000–01 and in 2002–03.
At the conclusion of the campaign, the club was unable to acquire a professional football license in the country of Belgium. They received a nine-point deduction in addition to being demoted to the lower level as a result. KV Mechelen played their way back into the top division after earning promotions in both the 2004–05 and 2006–07 seasons.
The uniform for the club consists of a black shirt with yellow and red stripes, black shorts, and black socks. They play all of their home games at the Argosstadion Achter de Kazerne, which is also the name of their stadium sponsor.
Achter de Kazerne literally translates to “Behind the Barracks.” Because there were once barracks located next to the stadium, it was given the name that it currently bears. Fans of KV Mechelen and KRC Mechelen have competed against one another for a long time. The stadium has a capacity of approximately 16,000 seats.