BEST Centre Academy

“We are not here to make champions, we are here to make champions inevitable.”

Sport School

If you want to join a small, international group of swimmers and triathletes who combine their training with studying for a BTEC in Sports and Exercise Science at Loughborough College – you’ve come to the right place!

The BEST Centre Academy, Mallorca, is a place where student athletes aged 16-18 can combine their education and sports training. Our learners will pursue their sporting ambitions and study for a Level 3 BTEC in Sport with Loughborough College, one of the leading providers of sports education in the world.

Our Academy provides an outstanding education with a direct pathway into universities in the UK and scholarships to the United States where you can continue your athletic career to the highest level possible.

The sports we offer are: Swimming, Triathlon, Football, Tennis and Golf and we have partnerships at the Rafa Nadal Academy, Global Tennis Team, RCD Mallorca, Atletico Baleares and Vall D’or golf.

Central to the BEST Centre Academy will be the view that if you develop the person first, you are building the foundations for success not just in sport but for any future path. The underlying belief is that it is not what you win in sport that is important, but who you become from your sport. Through their education and sporting endeavours, the students will begin to understand how to win, how to lose, how to share success and defeat with others, how to set goals, how to work as a team in pursuit of those goals, and above all, how to form positive relationships with those around you.

The BEST Centre Academy will be a place of sport and education, where young people learn independence and resilience.

Educational Delivery – Loughborough College

The education will be delivered entirely by Loughborough College, the leading provider of sports education in the UK. A Loughborough College tutor is based at the BEST Centre and the on-site classroom is effectively an extension of the College campus in the UK.

Learners will be able to take advantage of an English education in an international setting, studying for a Level 3 BTEC in Sport. This is a flexible qualification that is equivalent to 1, 2 or 3 A levels, the exams that English students take aged 18. The qualification enables students to apply for university in the UK, the USA and around the world. For those not wanting to attend university, the qualification is ideal for continuing their career in the world of sport and our careers counsellors are available to give the best possible advice to our learners about their future.

All questions relating to the study of the BTEC, the educational goals of the athletes will be managed by Loughborough College.

Other Classes and qualifications

For those not wanting to study for the BTEC, our athletes will also be able to study intensive English classes, or online Spanish courses, as well as studying for level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications run by the US Swimming, giving them an internationally recognised coaching qualification and the opportunity for professional employment in the future.

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Accommodation will be at the residence, a short walk from the pool. The athletes will be in shared rooms and all meals will be taken here. Join us for a month or a year and come and live and train at one of the best training centres in Europe.

The residence is located close to the picturesque harbour area, with its shops and cafes and there is a supermarket, pharmacie and banks close by. The beaches around the town are some of the best in the Mediterranean.

We have a full-time accommodation manager who overseas the day to day organisation, welfare and safeguarding of the athletes living there.


Our student athletes will have access to some of the best training in Europe. The training facilities on site include a heated outdoor 50m pool, gym, crystal clear open water swimming, football pitch, running track, soft running trails, legendary biking, as well as our partnerships with the football, tennis and golf clubs that are central to our sports offering.

What’s Included?

  • Train at the world renowned BEST Centre, under the guidance of expert coaches and staff
  • The Academy will use an outdoor 50m Olympic pool, gym, brand new 4G football pitch, running track, soft running trails, crystal clear open water swimming, legendary cycling terrain and clay court tennis.
  • Work towards a BTEC Qualification, provided by Loughborough College
  • Maintain a sport-study balance to ensure excellence both in the classroom and on the field of play
  • Live with friends and teammates in our very own Residencia located in the beautiful town of Colonia Sant Jordi, situated on the stunning southern coast of the island of Mallorca.

To discuss whether the BEST Centre Sports Academy is the right place for your child’s educational and sporting development, please contact James Parrack to talk in confidence. Call James on +33 6 87 28 73 68, or email at

Have A Question?

If you have any questions about the BEST Centre or any of our programs, camps or events, please do not hesitate to contact us – we will be very happy to help!