Luis Morais – 37 – Portugal
Vocational Education and Training – Paris, France, 2001
‘Sharing the love of sports or doing sports together is yet another platform for people to identify with each other and to be united.’
At 37, Luis is still making the most of his Erasmus+ experience in Paris. After selling his successful business, he moved to the United States to work for a top sporting club.
Educated as a marketing specialist, Luis worked in the car industry, wine distribution and tourism. But at 27, he wanted more from his career: ‘I already felt like I want to do something on my own: start my own business. When you are capable of doing something it’s not a question of age.’ So he started a football academy for children. After 3 years, Luis was running 3 academies that trained 1,000 children and employed 50 coaches.
While growing his business, Luis also became a coach and completed a physical education training. He decided to sell the company: ‘Erasmus has taught me to be open minded and mobile. I wasn’t afraid to change industries and places.’
In the US, Luis has trained young players from several age groups, but he says sports has a unique effect on all players: ‘You have to become a team player. You have to think collectively to work in sports and that naturally creates unity.’
Luis’ next move? We’ll have to wait and see, because: ‘doing sports professionally is definitely an international career, you always have to be prepared, to have your bags ready.’