Strachan Football Foundation are proud to announce the recruitment of former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Republic of Ireland Player and Manager Steve Staunton to it’s coaching staff. Steve will be the head coach of the SFF centre in partnership with Evesham United starting in September ‘13.
Paddy Mullen (Head of Education and Player Development) recruited Steve who has just completed his Pro Licence. Steve is the consummate professional and was delighted to join the Strachan Football Foundation in partnership with Evesham United and will provide a fantastic opportunity for young players to gain an education from a leading coach of international standard.
Strachan Football Foundation provide a football education programme which gives young people (16-18) the opportunity to accelerate their football development whilst offering an educational pathway which could result in full time coaching apprenticeships, Higher Education or even a scholarship in the USA.
The Foundation which is a non for profit community interest company was created by Scotland International manager Gordon Strachan and his son Gavin as they felt opportunities for players not in professional academies or recently released from professional clubs did not have the support required to try and develop a career in Football.
The Foundation also provides a platform young people who are wanting to develop a career in the sports coaching and football industry whilst trying to train and play at the highest level they possibly can.
Learners will have the opportunity to work towards BTEC Sports Diploma at Level 2 moving onto Level 3 the following year and those identified may also have the opportunity of employment working as a full time sports coaching apprentice for the Strachan Football Foundation working in local football clubs and primary schools.
Gordon Strachan says “ we cannot promise professional football for all players however the opportunity is there for the players who have the desire and ability required within the professional game, our main focus is to provide education to young people with the opportunity to build a career in the football industry be it Physio, Coach, Sport Scientist as well as being coached by some very experienced coaches who have experience of the game at the highest level to develop their football ability”
Founder and Director Dan Elliott spoke of the newly formed association with Evesham United FC, “ We have had lengthy discussions with senior committee members of Evesham United FC, they share the enthusiasm of the opportunity it will give young people and hopefully we can develop players who have the tactical knowledge and ability to make their way into the Evesham United 1st team or maybe even higher into professional football, to have recruited some of the experience of Steve Staunton he was a first class premier league player and an international football manager which will mean each player has the opportunity of top class football coaching from a premier league professional.”.
SFF are looking for any 16 year old school leavers, but can also provide for 17 and 18 year olds who are looking to develop as footballers and create a career in the sports/ coaching industry. We are inviting applications and then intend to have an open day of trials and interviews in August.
SFF already have a successful programme in Rugby, Warwickshire and have had their first professional player sign a 2 year at Scottish Division 1 club Falkirk, they also have 3 players spending pre-season at a championship club. SFF have developed a network of contacts in professional and semi professional clubs which could be one of the many outcomes for players with the right attitude, ability and work ethic.