ASM Clermont: great means injected to young people to ensure the future among professionals

In a rugby club in the Top 14, and especially when it has strong ambitions, there is what shines, on the field on match days especially, and there is what is undertaken in the back room, here we are thinking about the work of training.
In the statement of his five commandments, ten days ago, the new director of sports development announced the color.

“ASM, a training club, two institutions but a single club, a training and education plan, Les Esperances, a showcase team for training players and apprentices, rugby sevens, a catalyst for training.”

Didier Retiere (Director of Sports Development)

To establish this flight plan, Didier Retière first established a diagnosis. This has certainly highlighted the lack of athletic performance for (at least) two seasons of the youth teams. Espoirs, Crabos, Alamercery … teams that no longer star like they did a few years ago.

A training center soon too small?

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“It is true that the results are not satisfactory,” said Bertrand Rioux, director of the training center. Didier Retière wants us to be more competitive. I would also like to emphasize that we never pressured the results of our youth teams, that was not the primary goal. Our mission is to feed the professional team and ensure the development of the player. The notion of a team often became important when we moved on to the finals at the end of the season.

In 2010, ASM achieved a historic treble with three shields: Top 14, Espoirs and Crabs. The last trophy (Espoirs) dates from 2018. But beyond these performances, the new sports management has wanted to give a major boost. Moving the lines in the sports and training aspect, allocating considerable resources.

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With four new full-time employees (Elvis Vermeulen, Paul Albaladejo, Vito Kolelishvili, Valentin Duchier), the ASM has clearly set the stage, and the changes may not be over. “In the 2025 project, there are big changes. Elvis Vermeulen who will lead the Espoirs, the arrival of Benson Stanley also for skills, the hiring of Paul Albaladejo for rugby 7 … Fellah.

The other side of the evolution of the formation will be the strengthening of relations with the “neighboring” clubs of ProD2. Aurillac, Nevers and Massy will be involved (or are already involved) in a number of ASM player loan and rugby development projects.

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With reinforced sports staff and inflated numbers, the ASM line-up may soon find itself cramped in its shared center with Clermont Foot at Gravanches Stadium. In the longer term, another model of infrastructure will no doubt have to be considered.

In the meantime, there will be a rapprochement between the Espoirs and the professionals, starting next season, with two oppositions to training per week.
If the club has achieved the goal (set in 2014) of aligning 50% of the professional players in its training center, it has had to launch a new cycle among young people. With new faces, another mood as well. To return to occupy the national podiums.

ASM: 17 finals and 9 titles since 2010

If the Clermont club feels the need to relaunch their training, it is also because of their difficulties for three or four years to get closer to the podiums, which they have climbed very often since 2010, the year of the first Brennus. Shield in the Top 14 of history.

During this period, the ASM (all categories) played no less than 17 finals for 9 titles won.
The advantages: Top 14 (2010, 2017), European Challenge (2019).
Expectations: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2018 (our photo).
The Crabs: 2010.
Lost finals: Top 14 (2015, 2019), European Cup (2013, 2015, 2017). Hopes: 2016. Crabs (2011, 2013).

Christophe Buron

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