Elmwood College and local football academy, AMsoccerschools, are working together to provide students with a pathway for work experience and employment both locally and internationally. AMsoccerschools now provides coaching for over 100 players per week in Cupar, St. Andrews, Anstruther, Leven and local primary schools. They have also forged working partnerships with top European coaching academies Svenska Fotbolls Akademin, Sweden and Fundacion Marcet, Spain.
Last Friday AMsoccerschools Managing Director Austin MacPhee and his coaching staff discussed their coaching structure with Elmwood students and provided a practical demonstration at Duffus Park prior to their Friday Soccer School at Duffus Park where over 50 young players receive professional coaching.
AMsoccerschools now employ one Elmwood Graduate on a fulltime basis and with the opening of more soccer schools in Fife and beyond more employment opportunities will arise. Elmwood and AMsoccerschools are also in the early stage of plans to open “English Teaching Soccer Schools” in China where Elmwood already have strong links. They also hope to open a residential International Football Academy next summer for young footballers from around the world.
Austin MacPhee said, “I am delighted to be working with Elmwood College on ventures which should provide employment in the local area for their well qualified students and hopefully give us a presence in China where they have over 10 years experience in the world largest emerging market.”
Jim Crooks, Principal at Elmwood College is enthusiastic about the venture, saying, “This is an excellent opportunity for us to work alongside a growing business in a key area for Fife. By building on our mutual strengths, we are confident that we will both grow and succeed. Elmwood are delighted to be working with Austin and this is an exciting opportunity for us to gain from their entrepreneurial flair and their own mission.”