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International : OL partners with Rova Sports Academy

Published on 24 November 2021 at 11:00 AM
International : Rova Sports Academy, nouveau partenaire de l'OL
Olympique Lyonnais continues its international development and formalizes a new technical agreement for three seasons in cooperation with Rova Sports Academy (Kenya).

Launched in 2019 in Nairobi, Rova SA is a private multisport academy developed with the aim of finding the top Kenyan athletes of tomorrow. Based on an American model of education, Rova Sports Academy offers an excellent "sport-study" project to support the best young talents from 10 to 17 years old in their progress to the top professional level.


Eager to place football at the heart of its expertise, the Kenyan academy has chosen Olympique Lyonnais to continue developing its elite program. For this purpose, a delegation of experts led by Jean-François VULLIEZ (OL Academy Director) traveled to Nairobi at the end of September 2021 in order to carry out a sporting review of the institution, and jointly define the axes of collaboration.


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 Based on the sharing and adaptation of the OL methodology to the Kenyan context, this technical cooperation will be developed through exchanges between the two entities, regular visits of OL technical staff  to support Rova SA in building local expertise, and also in the development of a pool of local coaches for supervision of the project.


After Lebanon, Senegal, Vietnam, China, Brazil, Morocco, the United States and Portugal, Olympique Lyonnais is happy to put it knowledge into place in what is now a ninth international territory, and to become the first Top 20 European club to formalize an elite technical cooperation with a local institution in Kenya.






Rose MAGHAS, Rova Sports Academy’s CEO and Founder:

“I am extremely excited to be announcing this partnership between Rova Sports Academy and Olympique Lyonnais. This means that as a youth academy we get to benefit from the expertise of one of the best clubs in terms of youth development in the world and that the raw talent in Kenya will get an opportunity to go through a well-structured and professionally-run academy program. It also signifies our commitment to our core values that are echoed by this partnership.”



Jean-Michel AULAS, Olympique Lyonnais’ President

“We are delighted to realize today a new step in our international development through the partnership with Rova Sports Academy. The wonderful project led by Rose MAGHAS and her teams illustrates Olympique Lyonnais’ desire to support structuring lasting local initiatives to promote the emergence of female and male talents. This new cooperation opens the club’s doors to a new territory with great potential, which augurs rich exchanges both in human and structural terms.”



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Since 2019, Rova SA allows student-athletes to combine their education with high-level sports training from professional coaches driven by the vision to bring out the full potential of their student athletes.

Through its high-performance program, Rova SA has been developing its model for more than 2 years towards fundamental values such as:

  • Professionalism
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Dedication
  • Excellence



Since 2010, Olympique Lyonnais has chosen to establish its international development strategy on the recognized know-how of its Academy and the success of its professional teams. Ranked 3rd best academy in Europe in 2021 (behind Real Madrid and FC Barcelona), OL has built up, over the long term real technical collaborations aimed at sharing its expertise and adapting the Lyonnaise’s methodology to the context and the project of targeted local clubs.





Through this model, Olympique Lyonnais aspires to bring lasting benefits to each of its partners and their staff.




  • Kenya : Rova Sports Academy
  • Morocco : Fath Union Sport (FUS) Rabat
  • Brazil : Pelé Academia / Resende FC
  • USA : OL Reign
  • Lebanon :  Athletico SC
  • Senegal : AS Dakar Sacré Cœur
  • Portugal : SC Farense
  • Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh-City Football Federation
  • China : Chengdu Football Federation / Chinese Ministry of Education