The Fleetwood Town International Football Academy (FTIFA) toured the world again, with coaches traveling to Australia to work with their program developers in Sydney.
Program manager Michael Horsfall and International Academy coach Danny Hastings skimmed over half the job to help coach potential footballers in their hometowns.
The purpose of the trip was to identify talented young players and make them aware of the many different career paths Fleetwood Town has to offer.
While there, Michael and Dan had meetings with several different clubs to help understand the game in Australia in terms of delivery and the pathways available to young players.
They met with professional clubs and NPL clubs to share best practice and discuss how Fleetwood Town could support two-way pathways for players in the region.
Horsfall said of the visit: “Australia has a great talent pool full of aspiring young footballers. The opportunity to work with 14 to 18 year olds in Sydney this week gave us the chance not only to boys and girls to show off their skills, but also me and Danny to show what Fleetwood has to offer!
“There was huge interest in a few of our programs, from Pro experience through to Pathway to Pro, which starts in Dubai in the coming months. The opportunity for us to speak to club technical directors at various levels of the youth game in Sydney will only strengthen our position when we look at realistic courses for all players in the FTIFA programs.
“Seeing the facilities and professionalism embraced by many clubs in the Sydney area has been invaluable to our future discussions with players and parents wishing to join our schemes. There is a real opportunity for Fleetwood Town to support NPL clubs and share insights to improve operations on and off the field and we will explore these further over the coming months!
The FTIFA would like to thank their Australian partner, JBFC Au, led by James Boyle, who run a seasonal program under the FTIFA umbrella, which identifies players to progress through the FTIFA programs in the UK and foreign.
The model is run as a FREE program which is unique in the country. His commitment to supporting player journeys and developing players in Sydney is wonderful and has benefited our Pro Experience program since our return on June 21.
FTIFA Australia will be posting details of the next Talent ID camp shortly – thanks to everyone involved on and off the pitch – It was a huge success.