seeing these young coaches develop and progress.”
Also at the the launch event was United legend Denis Irwin, who knows all about top quality coaching from his 12 years at Old Trafford but believes there’s a shortage of quality coaches in the UK and hailed the impact that the new course could have.
“We are playing catch-up on countries like Spain and Germany, but hopefully this can help,” says Irwin. “Having done so much work with the Soccer Schools in places like Mumbai, Singapore and South Africa, I know this programme will provide a fantastic opportunity for young people to go and learn how to not only coach, but to coach to the standards of Manchester United. It’s the way forward and I’m sure the programme will be a tremendous success.”
The course will begin at the start of the next academic year, in September 2012, and will see 32 successful applicants work with existing collegiate staff and a lead coach from Manchester United Soccer Schools. “This is a state-of-art facility and it’s close by to Manchester, so we can regularly come and support this programme and guide the students,” says Soccer Schools’ Programme Manager Mike Neary. “It’s very exciting, it’s innovative, it’s where we want to be and crucially it’s going to help us grow and allow us to deliver a wider range of projects both in the UK and overseas. We hope this is the first of many such courses across the country.”
For more information on Manchester United Soccer Schools visit www.manutdsoccerschools.com