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.  He is currently Head Coach of the Uganda National Team - the Uganda 'Cranes'.   By December 2019, after only 3 months in charge, Uganda had won CECAFA 2019; were sitting top of their AFCON qualification group; and had secured 9 wins and 1 draw from 10 games.

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. 

He was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men's Football team (2013-14). 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 was 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

  • This is not a man who does things by the book. Having been a coach from the age of 15, McKinstry already has miles on the clock.

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    Ben Smith BBC Sport
  • McKinstry led the team to their highest ever placing in the FIFA world rankings. They broke into the top 50, ahead of his native Northern Ireland.

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    Damien Edgar Backpage Football
  • Under his management, the team played attractive football, scored goals and racked up some important results.

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    Eoin O'Callaghan the42.ie
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