Mini ESA

Presentation

Mini ESA started in 2012 and is the ‘proof of concept’ of the future centre of excellence for Belgian athletes. This life-size experience allowed Brussels young athletes, between 15 and 22 years old, to improve their performance while benefiting from professional and personalised follow-up for four years. In addition, the project showed the importance of having quality sports facilities in Brussels.

A hundred tests performed by 25 Belgian promising athletes from the world of athletics and soccer were needed to enable the multidisciplinary selection committee to select five young athletes in each of these two disciplines. These tests are of a physical, psychological and technical nature and were conducted by internationally recognised experts in their speciality, such as Jef Brouwers, Titi Mullie and Guy Cheron.

Various activities were proposed during these four years. First of all, athletes have benefited from a mobility programme, to be performed twice a week, allowing then to harmonise their entire body, improve their perception and prevent injuries.

Afterwards, our young athletes took part in an activity aiming at analysing the Alpha and Beta waves in sport including measuring their degree of concentration during the effort. The psychological test has meanwhile helped identifying the personality of the athletes.

The results of this first edition are spectacular! In athletics, two out of the five athletes took part in the Rio Olympics while three out of the five promising young soccer players are now evolving within the first division of the Anderlecht Royal Sporting.

However, the need to physically settle Mini ESA in a place arose. Indeed, being split into multiple places made the visibility of Mini ESA unclear and did not contribute to create a body spirit. Therefore, it was thought to use an intermediate centre, the ESA Arena. This intermediate centre allowed performing the activities without waiting for the creation of the big International ESA excellence centre. Activities are therefore performed in an infrastructure which, even if it does not entirely belong to ESA, has been identified as ESA being also part of it.

The aim is to support young people both physically, psychologically and technically for them to be able to practice sports at a high level.

Jacques Borlée June 2016

Athletes

Youri Tielemans

Youri Tielemans

May 7, 1997

2013 : RSCA A team-player and Belgian Red Devil
Professional contract since 2013
Completed the Mini ESA program in 2015

Leander Dendoncker

Leander Dendoncker

March 25, 1995

2013: Starter Viareggio U21
2014: First game in the Champions League
2015: Belgian Red devil and RSCA A team-player
Completed the Mini ESA program in 2015

Andy Kawaya

Andy Kawaya

August 23, 1996

2013: Belgian champion U17 U19 U21 with RSCA – RSCA A team-player
2014 - 2015: Played several matches in the Champions League
Completed the Mini ESA program in 2015

Scott Bitsindou

Scott Bitsindou

April 11, 1996

2013: Winner of Aegon Cup U17 in Amsterdam
2014: Played for the first time in UEFA Youth League - RSCA youth team captain for 5 years
Completed the Mini ESA program in 2015

Alexis Scholl

Alexis Scholl

March 11, 1996

2014: Espoir Team player
Defender at Benfica
Completed the Mini ESA program in 2015

Dylan Borlée

Dylan Borlée

400m and 4x400m relay

2015: Silver medal (400m) and gold medal (4x400m) at the European Championships in Prague - European record 4x400m - Bronze medal at IAAF World Relays in Bahamas
2016: European champion (4x400m) in Amsterdam - 4th at the Olympic games in Rio (4x400m) with a new national record

Robin Vanderbemden

Robin Vanderbemden

60m – 200m – 400m and 4X400 relay

2014: Belgian Champion (60m)
2015: 8th at the European Championships U23 in Tallinn (400m) - Finalist at the world championships in Beijing (4x400m)
2016: selected for the 200 and 4x400m relay at the European Championships in Amsterdam - Selected for the Olympic games in Rio (4x400m)

Camille Laus

Camille Laus

100m - 200m – 4x100m relay and long jump

2013: Belgian Champion in long jump
2015: Selected for the European Team championships in Heraklion (200 and 4x100m)

Vincent Laporte

Vincent Laporte

Javelin throw

2013: 9th at EYOF (the javelin throw) – 3rd in the Belgian championships and Flemish champion in javelin
Left the Mini ESA program in 2014

Alexandre Screve

Alexandre Screve

400m - 800m

2014: World Junior Championships (4x400m) in Edmonton
Left the Mini ESA program in 2014

Le programme Tennis.

L’onglet Basket.

Experts

Jacques Borlée

Jacques Borlée

Athletics Coach and European Athletics Coaching Award in 2011

Static Test and posture analysis

Jef Brouwers

Jef Brouwers

Psychologist specialized in sports, works with the Red Devils and COIB

Psychological testing

Guy Cheron

Guy Cheron

Professor at the ULB (Institute of Science and motor) and responsible for LNMB (Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Movement Biomechanic)

Ocular mobility test

Titi Mullie

Titi Mullie

Physical preparer, posture training, collaboration with COIB

SDE mobility test

Didier Verhasselt

Didier Verhasselt

Physiotherapist, member of the technical staff in the 4x400m relay, selected at the Olympic games in 2012 and 2016

SDE mobility test

Videos

Testimonies

Progress is the main element that I take from this experience. Mini ESA's activities have contributed to a better understanding of my body, and therefore, I feel more comfortable on the field and I produce a better football.

Scott BitsindouMidfielder RSCA

I enjoyed participating in this project because we were followed up during our mobility programs and we shared this experience with athletes from other sports. Mini ESA has mainly contributed to the balance of my body, so I was able to stay injury free.

Alexis SchollBenfica defender

Mini ESA has helped improve my performances with the mobility programs of Titi Mullie, but also through the financial support for training camp and medical care.

Dylan Borlée400m and 4x400m relay

With Mini ESA I was able to improve my concentration and my body perceptions by doing specific and personalized mobility programs. Also, I enjoyed sharing this experience with athletes from other sports.

Camille Laus100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump

Mini ESA gives young athletes a high-level monitoring through tests and analyses. Experts in their field carry out these analyses. I observed an improvement in Robin’s performances ,thanks to the work of perception, mobility and strengthening of Titi Mullie.

François GourmetRobin Vanderbemden Coach

Evaluating a member in a team sport is not obvious. That depends on many factors. However, I can say, objectively, based on physical capabilities but also, collective results, that young RSCA players following the Mini ESA program additionally to their club programs all improved themselves. Yes, the ESA methodology has improved the performance level of our espoir.

Hubert LemairePhysical trainer RSCA

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