Last year it was Ajax talent of Mitchel Baker (17) with Ajax under 17 active on the ABN AMRO Future Cup, but against PSV he was in the selection of Ajax 1 and Saturday he can with Ajax is champion of the Jupiler League. The career of the young defender has a stormy development. It probably won’t last long if he goes Justin Kluivert, the last breakthrough, jeugdexponent, chasing.
Mitchel Bakker tries David Neres the ball to rip.
Baker is also astonished that the as quickly is gone. “At the beginning of this season I went over to under 19, which I thought was fantastic. But soon flowed I to Ajax. Then I came to the first, and I was at the beginning of February for the first time in the clash against Roda JC. Soon I hope my debut to make and a dream come true.”
Also outside the field was Baker active. He hopes soon the mbo level 3 course ’Sport and exercise’, the training to become a professional soccer player, to finish. Over the past two years has Baker this training at The School of the Future, the school at the training complex of Ajax. Unique in the world. Ajax offers youth players the opportunity their training at the training site to follow. So get the talents of not only the proper guidance to the field, but also in the classroom. An initiative that is supported by the VriendenLoterij (friends lottery).
Vriendenloterij, civil partner Eredivisie.
Ajax wants more training hours, to the connection with the European summit. The School of the Future has the great advantage that the players have no extra travel time. The teachers come náár Ajax. Bakker is a godsend: “I have the education done in Purmerend and I was almost the whole day to travel between home, school and club. Now I come here in the morning, go to first an hour and a half to train, what to eat and in the afternoon I have two hours of lessons at school. Then it’s time to train and I go home, where I have all the time I have to rest.”
The training to become a professional footballer is unique and fits in nicely to its perception of the environment: ,,I get a lot of boxes that you, as a professional footballer more complete: diet, physio, media training, a coaching course, but also general subjects like Dutch, English and mathematics. With this, I can also work as a sport teacher or football coach in the amateurs. Of course it is my dream to be a professional footballer to be, it is also very important to get a degree behind hand. There has my father, who is ever a match for Ajax 1 played, always hammered.”