Malta Football Association
Bouvet, Sixsmith benefit from Marcet Academy experience
Jun 19, 2019
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Jamie Sixsmith (left) and Clyde Bouvet donning the Marcet Academy kits.
Jamie Sixsmith (left) and Clyde Bouvet donning the Marcet Academy kits.

Two young Maltese players, Clyde Bouvet and Jamie Sixsmith, recently enjoyed a four-week training and educational experience at the Barcelona-based Marcet Academy.

This opportunity materialised thanks to the agreement the Malta Football Association signed with the Marcet Academy last summer to aid the footballing development of young prospects by giving them more chances to train in a professional environment outside Maltese shores.


Bouvet, who is on the books of Pietà Hotspurs, and Sixsmith, of St Andrews, followed in the footsteps of Valletta midfielder Shaun Dimech and Hibernians defender Andreas Vella who had a similar experience at the Marcet Foundation last year.


Sixsmith, who turns 18 next month, described his experience at Marcet as one that helped him to grow as a player and as a person.


“I’ve experienced the Spanish way of learning football which helped me to hone my possession play and positioning as a central midfielder,” Sixsmith said.


“I would like to thank the Malta FA for this opportunity, especially Technical Director Robert Gatt and Malta Under-19 coach Winston Muscat.”


Bouvet, 18, also spoke very positively about the entire experience at the Marcet Foundation.


“Taking part in the Oviedo Cup where we faced some strong Spanish teams was a great opportunity, one that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Bouvet, who plays up front, said.


“Training at the Marcet Academy was very interesting and innovative. In most of our sessions, we focused on how to better deal with the second balls.


“All in all it was a very positive experience and compliments what I’ve learned from all the coaches at the Malta FA Technical Centre and also at my club Pietà Hotspurs.”


In Spain, the Marcet Foundation has established a reputation as a dynamic and forward-looking football academy renowned for its avant-garde training methodology.



Manuel Alcaine, the International Football Manager at Marcet who followed and monitored Bouvet and Sixsmith during their stay in Spain, praised the attitude and work ethic of the two young Maltese players.


“Jamie and Clyde settled in really well and quickly adapted to our programme,” Alcaine said.


“They also integrated well with the players in our senior squad.


“Their attitude is very good. They showed a lot of respect to our coaches, listening to their assessments and suggestions while also displaying a willingness to work hard to further improve their standards.” 

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