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Following his first visit last year to deliver on the course, Coerver® Coaching UK Director Scott Wright has been invited back to the Spanish capital to lecture on the MSc in Talent Identification and Development In Soccer Course which is jointly ran by the European University of Madrid (Universidad Europea) and the World’s biggest football club, Real Madrid CF.

Selected students from across the world apply to join the Real Madrid graduate school each year which provides the experience of the most important sports club in the world with world class academic support to offer a benchmark Master’s degree in the field of Football.

Coerver® Coaching UK Director Scott Wright said “It is a great honour to be invited back to present on the Real Madrid MSc course again. The initial invitation to present last year came about following a coach education clinic that I delivered in Valencia which was attended by then Rayo Vallacano U17 coach Jesus Martinez Bargueiras”.

“Following this clinic, I invited Jesus along with his colleagues Diego Montoya (Rayo Vallacano U19 coach) & Rubén Santiago Ruiz (Rayo Vallacano Match Analyst) to come over to visit Stoke City so they could see how not only an English professional academy operates but also to see how Coerver fits into that structure with Stoke being a Partner Club”.

“Jesus, Diego & Rubén were really impressed by the whole academy programme at Stoke and how Coerver fits into that elite player/coach development framework. With Diego being a faculty member of the Real Madrid MSc programme, he recommended to the course director, David Viejo to invite my-self and Stoke City FC Academy director Dave Wright to present on the course”.

“My-self and Dave traveled over to Madrid and delivered two theory and two practical sessions for the students, which included representation from a number of La Liga clubs, based on the Stoke City/Coerver academy training programme. The content was really well received and has led to a return invitation/visit this year”.

“The graduate school offers a unique opportunity for students with three MSc courses being offered in Sports Management, Sports Marketing & Talent ID/Coaching. All modules on the courses are based on how Real Madrid operates in those respective areas with the heads of those particular departments at the club also being part of the course management team”.

“As an example on the MSc in coaching course last year, in addition to David Vijeo, Miguel Pardeza who was the Sports Director of the club in charge of all football operations was joint course director. In addition to this various members of the Real Madrid staff will contribute to the course in addition to many other experts from across La Liga clubs and the Spanish Football Federation”.

“In addition to our delivery on the course, my-self and Dave were really well looked after and had VIP seats for the Champions League game against Galatasaray as well as being able to watch the UEFA Youth Champions League game between both clubs earlier in the day. We also had the opportunity to observe Real Madrid training across all age groups, had dialogue with coaching staff and had a behind the scenes tour of the training ground. We also visited the Spanish national training centre so it was very much a two way process in terms of sharing information, experience and expertise”.

“Looking ahead to this year’s course visit which takes place during the Easter break, I’m told that there are coaches from a number of La Liga clubs represented again including Athletico Bilbao, Sevilla and Levante. I’m really looking forward to presenting again and sharing some ideas and knowledge with this year’s students and of course catching up with the staff at the Real Madrid academy”.

Real Madrid MSc Course director David Viejo Romero said “Ourselves and the students were really happy with the course content that was delivered by Scott and Dave last year and feel that this added great value to our course. We look forward to this year’s visit with our new group of MSc students during Easter”.

Make sure to look out for up-dates on our website/social media channels regarding the course which will take place in Madrid during Easter.

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