IFP Entertains Korean Delegation at BWFC and Bolton Whites
James Ward, Daniel Clarke and the coaching staff from the Bolton Wanderers International Football Programme were part of a team that delivered a three-day course to over 20 representatives from South Korea’s K-League at the University of Bolton Stadium and Bolton Whites Hotel.
James, from the International Football Programme, talks about the visit and how the department/club plans to increase its scope into the Korean market.
He said: "It was great privilege delivering the intensive three-day course to 24 coaches from the K-League, Korea’s top flight professional football league. There were also representatives from the league’s Education and Youth development departs.
"During their visit to Europe, they also visited Dutch giants Ajax before heading to Bolton Wanderers with their trip ending at Premier
League side Southampton.
"The link came around after the IFP worked with the K-League team Yong-in FC’s under 17s team earlier in the year after they visited and played against our educational programme team.
"The visit was very successful which played a major role in them visiting the University of Bolton Stadium and Bolton White Hotel, where they stayed during their time in Bolton.
"The group stayed with us for an intensive course over three days where we showed them a detailed insight into how we develop our young and aspiring athletes here at Bolton Wanderers Football Club.
"They sampled classroom sessions in the mornings which gave them some knowledge of our coaching methodology and DNA, session planning and the mental toughness and mind set of athletes.
"During the afternoons they had the opportunity to see how we work on the pitch and also had the opportunity of delivering what they had learned to our college students. In the evenings they observed our youth academy training and a chance to watch our Head of Coaching David Gardiner in action whilst finishing the evening off with a detailed question and answers session.
"This is the very first time we have held an event like this and I am pleased to say that it was a great success.
"We have received some excellent feedback from the visitors who have indicated that they want to work with us again in the future.
"We will now be looking to host similar events with representatives from other countries as well as looking at the potential of delivering in Korea next year.
"Finally, it’s been a very busy time for us in the International Football Programme during this festive period with Danny (Clarke) currently delivering a coaching programme in Colombia, where we continue to spread the good name of BWFC across the globe.
"You can keep up to date with our progress by visiting our social media channels on Twitter (@BWIntFootball) and Instagram (@bwifp).
James Ward and Danny Clarke