Friday 17th January will see Scottish coaches from across North America meet in the biggest ever gathering of its kind. Around fifty coaches, who hail from Scotland but ply their trade in the United States of America or Canada, are heading for Philadelphia to take part in this brand new initiative.
Between Januarty 15th-19th the National Soccer Coaches Association of America is hosting an event described as the 'World's largest gathering of soccer coaches' in one of the iconic cities of USA's East Coast, situated in the state of Pennsylvania. Eric McAleer, who originates from Clydebank but is now based in Maryland, saw this as an opportunity that couldn't be missed.
McAleer, who is also part of the organising team for the Loch Lomond International Youth Soccer Festival, told YFS: "It has been an idea in the works for a few years and has taken some time to put together, but there will be some great knock-on effect from it and feedback has been amazing."
The event itself has attracted guest speakers Mark Wotte (Scottish FA Performance Director) and Michael Oliver (Scottish FA Head of Talent Identification). On the agenda are the Scottish FA's elite player identification strategy and setting up an Scottish FA talent identification network in North America, before providing an invaluable networking opportunity for all in attendance.