Black Pearls Academy
The passion for soccer that unites the peoples of Brazil and Haiti, and the power of sports to promote citizenship led to the creation of the Black Pearls Academy of Soccer, a partnership between Viva Rio and the Haitian Soccer Federation (FHF).
The idea is to encourage and contribute to the professionalization of the sport in the country and assist in structuring the youth team of Haitian soccer.
The 50,000 m² complex has four official size soccer fields (two in natural grass, and two with synthetic grass), with a capacity for 96 athletes. They can live, study and play soccer there. The facility has doctors, nutritionists, physiotherapists, psychologists and teachers.
Located in the Region of Bon Repos, North of the capital of Port-au-Prince, the Training Center is well-suited for the strategy of decentralization and highlighting medium-sized Haitian cities. The project is also helping to train Haitian national teams. In 2010, team members spent one season training for improvement in Brazil.
The Black Pearls Academy was conceived after the earthquake of January 2010, when the Haitian Soccer Federation building collapsed, killing 19 people. Following the quake, all of the soccer fields in Port-au-Prince turned into refugee camps, making it impossible for the national team to train in the Haitian capital.
The project is also supported by the Fédération Internationale de Football (FIFA), and receives financing from the Hungarian-American mega-investor George Soros.