Some of you who follow me on Twitter may already know that I’ve recently had a couple of pieces published by Paul Grech on his excellent Blueprint for Football site. Paul has a massive interest in youth football and the development of young players all over the world. The purpose of his blog is to really understand what drives successful development programmes and what lessons can be learned, not only from the approach different football clubs and associations take, but also from other sports.
I’m delighted he decided to feature the final project from my sports journalism degree which consists of three articles I completed back in May under the title; The Future of Scottish Football. Earlier in the year I interviewed the Scottish FA Performance Director Mark Wotte, The SFA Chief Exec Stewart Regan, Falkirk manager Steven Pressley, and Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson among other prominent people who have an interest in the future of our game. With qualification for Brazil 2014 looking nigh on impossible for the national team after two draws and two defeats in the opening four matches of the World Cup qualifying campaign, the ‘blueprint’ for the future of Scottish football is more important than ever.
Click on the image above to read part one about what is being done for kids at grass roots level and also ‘elite’ players in the 12-16 age group. The title of part two is ‘The Next Stage’, where I talk about, what is in my opinion, the most important part of a players’ development if they are to progress to the top level in football; the stage where they are under the tutelage of a professional club. Click on the image below to find out why Steven Pressley thinks that the Spanish footballing renaissance of the last decade can help Scotland create a footballing identity of it’s own.
Part three will be coming soon. Feel free to comment here, or on Paul Grech’s site if you have any thoughts on the first two instalments.
Thanks for reading.