When former N. Ireland international, David Campbell sustained a career-ending injury just five years after playing against Brazil in the 1986 World Cup Finals, he could never have envisaged being the instigator of football career opportunities for thousands of young people across the world.
However a desire to turn his adversity into an opportunity saw him create David Campbell Soccer, now an award-winning organisation based in England which has expanded to include a recently launched initiative across 10 States in America and the soon-to-be launched football education programmes for N.Ireland.
The football education programme, run in conjunction with schools and colleges, specialises in coaching at all levels from children to League, allowing for a wide range of industry-related careers.
Uniquely the project offers formal introductions to jobs as part of the course and with this years’ launch of David Campbell Soccer USA, there are hundreds of job opportunities in America also on offer.
‘I am genuinely excited to be offering this opportunity to young people across N. Ireland as it’s a genuine through-route into a career in football,” said the Derry man.
“Interest in the courses is incredible so I know this is going to be an exciting opportunity for N. Ireland with life-changing career chances for students age 16-19 who are selected to take part’.
In the first year, starting September 2012, five schools and Colleges across N. Ireland will be hosting the courses; which in England attracts thousands of applicants annually.
Lisneal College in Derry will be one of the five chosen to host the course this year alongside, Holy Cross College (Strabane), De La Salle College (Belfast), Laurelhill Community College (Lisburn) and Ballyclare Secondary School and the various courses have already attracted hundreds of applicants.
Final interviews for applicants age 16-19 are taking place in the next few weeks with the first courses beginning in September 2012.
For further information, telephone 0151 474 8811.