Elite Player Development

CBF Academy players will be attending an international youth tournament in the UK in July 2014.

Coach McKinstry and the Craig Bellamy Foundation will be sending the CBF academy players to play in an international tournament hosted in the UK in July 2014.

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The NI Milk Cup will allow the CBF Academy player to play against some of the best young players in the world.

 

Over 65 countries have been represented in 32 years of the event.  In the 2002 FIFA World Cup there were 30 players who had played in the Milk Cup as youth players. Future stars who have played in the competition include David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney, and a range of others.

 

Coach McKinstry commented: "Facilitating our boys to play against some of the best young players in the world is not only an important part of their own development as elite players, but is important in the development of the CBF academy and elite player development in Sierra Leone as a whole."

"For most of our boys this will be their first trip outside Africa and an amazing chance to represent their country in one of the world's most exciting youth football tournaments"

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The CBF Academy, their partners, staff and volunteers are currently involved in a range of fundraising activities in support of their attendence at the tournament.

 

Find out more about the CBF plans for this tournament; the range of fundraising being undertaken by our partners and friends; and the work of the Craig Bellamy Foundation in general

 

 

 

Notes to Editors

  1. You can read more about the Craig Bellamy Foundation at www.craigbellamyfoundation.org
  2. You can read more about the tournament at http://www.dalefarmmilkcup.com/
  3. See www.johnnymckinstry.com for a range of information - biography, press releases and photographs for press use
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About Coach McKinstry

Coach McKinstry is a UEFA Pro Licensed Football Coach, with a number of successes across his 20+ year career to date.    He is currently Head Coach of Gor Mahia FC in Kenya

As Head Coach of the Uganda National Team, the 'Uganda Cranes' (2019 - 2021) he led Uganda to win CECAFA 2019 and over his tenure delivered a WIN from 2 in every 3 games, going undefeated in over 8 in every 10 games played.  This represented the highest 'win' and 'undefeated' rate achieved by a Uganda National Team Coach in over 15 years.

He was International Manager and Head Coach of the Rwanda National Football Team (2015-16). Within just 17 months he led Rwanda to a number of highs - including their first ever appearance in the knockout stages of a major international tournament (Quarter-finals of CHAN, Jan 2016) and finished runner-up in CECAFA (Dec 2105), being named 'Coach of the Tournament' for his efforts. 

Across 2013-14, he was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team. Within just over a year, he had led Sierra Leone to their highest ever FIFA World and African rankings - 7th in Africa and 50th in the World (August 2014). 

He has also been Head Coach of Saif Sporting Club, Bangladesh Premier League (2018-19); and FK Kauno Zalgiris, Lithuanian A-Lyga (2017-18).  He is a European (UEFA), American (NSCAA) and university qualified football coach. 

Coach McKinstry is a member of 'Common Goal'. Together members seek to support high-impact organisations that harness the power of football to advance the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Quotes: What the media say

  • It stands testament to his adaptability, hunger and talent ... that McKinstry has tamed the toughest challenges and risen to become one of the best young managers in football today.

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    These Football Times
  • McKinstry has become one of the most rounded and well-travelled British coaches at the highest level abroad.

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    These Football Times
  • Very few 29-year-olds have managed a national football team. None have done it while that country is being brought to its knees by Ebola.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
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