Zalgiris Academy ready to grow young basketball and football talents 2
As the new season takes over, Zalgiris meets a do-over in one of the club pyramid’s parts. From now on, young sportsmen in Kaunas will be taught in basketball and football academies that will fall under a common name the Zalgiris Kaunas Academy.
Kaunas basketball school Zalgiris will now be called Kaunas Zalgiris Basketball Academy, while Kaunas sports school Tauras – the Kauno Zalgirio Football Academy. These changes will strengthen the club pyramid and the Zalgiris community.
“We want to connect both the basketball and football academies, so that there’s more clarity. We wanted everyone to understand that in both sports we guide ourselves in the same principles. Not only the same sign connects us, but also does Zalgiris system values, that are even more important in our pyramid,” – noted club director Paulius Motiejunas.
Over 1100 boys and girls are part of the Kaunas Zalgiris Basketball Academy with more than 30 experienced coaches guiding them through practices and forward to the higher levels of the Zalgiris pyramid. The most talented players from the academy take the step to Zalgiris-3 that plays in the RKL, followed by a step up to the Zalgiris-2 team, that competes in NKL. At the peak of the pyramid is the main team of Zalgiris.
Kauno Zalgirio Football Academy has 500 kids practicing under a total of 21 football coaches, and they have all the conditions take make their way to men’s football with Kauno Zalgiris C and Kauno Zalgiris B competing in lower levels of Lithuanian football, while the main Kauno Zalgiris men’s and women’s teams are fighting for medals in the top tier of Lithuanian football.
Zalgiris basketball and football academies will be connected with the same name and logo, but also by the zalgirioakademija.lt website, where both academies will be easy to reach.