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Manchester City Football Academy Managing Director to Speak at Convention

Posted by Dean Linke, @VoiceofNSCAA on Jan 11, 2013 in Events 0 Comments

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Man City’s Premier League Trophy Will Also Be In Indy

Brian Marwood is a former England soccer star who has touched just about every aspect of the game. He played at the highest level, even earning a cap for the England National Team while starring for Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday, Arsenal and Sheffield United. He is a highly regarded soccer broadcaster and a former marketing manager for Nike. He is the author of his autobiography, "The Life of Brian."

Today, Marwood is the managing director of Manchester City FC’s Football Academy, which by 2014 is expected to be one of the world’s finest youth and player development facilities. It’s a big role, but one that should fit him well. The former football administrator for Manchester City was responsible for the identification and acquisition of Manchester City superstars such as Argentina’s Sergio Agüero and Carlos Tevez, Belgium’s Vincent Kompany, Spain’s David Silva and Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure, among others

Marwood will bring all of that experience and knowledge as a featured lecturer at next week’s NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis. And, just for a little more sparkle, he will be bringing Man City’s Premier League trophy, too.

His session titled "Challenging the Football Model to Build a Club of the Future” will take place on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 9:30 a.m.

Marwood is expected to give much detail on the heralded Etihad Campus, which is designed to produce youngsters capable of graduating to the first team. In addition, the new facility will be one of the best for coaching education, where coaches can come, get an education and even have their teams train within the Manchester City program.

While Marwood will emphasize the fact that it takes time to produce the perfect academy, coaches at all levels will be intrigued by his message. For an in-depth look at the new academy, click here.

In addition, Marwood and Manchester City FC delegates will be in Indianapolis to highlight how building soccer in the inner cities of the United States has also been a key part of the Manchester City FC mission. 

Gary Hopkins, a consultant for Manchester City FC here in the United States, was instrumental in bringing Marwood to the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis. Hopkins helps spearhead Manchester City FC’s “City Soccer in the Community” program, in conjunction with The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C.

“Manchester City was founded in 1880 by the family of Arthur Connell from St. Marks Church,” Hopkins said. “They believed that (soccer) can create opportunities and sense of community. And, as such, some 130 years later this philosophy is still at the heart and ingrained in the DNA of the club.

The City Soccer in the Community program now works with over 200,000 kids in communities throughout Manchester and in the past two years has expanded this outreach to both the United Arab Emirates and right here in the United States. Through this non-profit program, Manchester City now works with 20 schools and programs in New York City and in 2010 partnered with the Embassy of the UAE to build much-needed soccer fields in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago,  with more to come in 2013.

“Manchester City and this program are dedicated to providing opportunities for inner-city kids in the USA to play soccer,” Hopkins said.  “This partnership is also committed to providing ongoing coaching to kids on the fields we build. Our coaches are qualified, committed and caring ... making every session and every interaction a fun and positive experience.

“The premise of this program was built around a simple idea. Teach a younger player the skills that he or she will need, play them in a supportive team structure, make sure the emphasis is on fun and you will grow strong, cohesive and competitive players and teams.”

Hopkins said that he believes, after spending time at Marwood’s session and stopping by the Manchester City FC booth at the Convention, coaches will be blown away by the club’s holistic approach to soccer.

“Manchester City is committed to making the academy process work in nurturing and developing players,” Hopkins said. “And, it’s clear they are committed to expanding the reach of soccer, into those areas of America we all know need it, namely the inner cities.

“It’s actually an  honor to work with a program of this nature and the support we get from both the club and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in DC is tremendous. And, it does help that the ambassador is a former player and huge soccer fan. I am grateful the NSCAA has given us this great platform to talk about the Manchester City FC Academy and the City Soccer program.”

For any NSCAA members that attend Brian Marwood’s session or visit the Man City booth, it will be crystal clear where the honor lies.

There's still time to register and you can do so online at NSCAA.com/convention/registration. You can also register on-site, but note that the price increases by $40.


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