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Campbell's football coaches off to jobs in USA

By Steven Beacom

Former Northern Ireland star David Campbell is sending over 50 students from his football school to the USA and Canada after they secured full-time jobs as professional sports coaches.

The education programme created by Campbell, who played for his country in the 1986 World Cup finals, has just had its most successful year with the students rewarded with a reception at Stormont.

Campbell said: "We take male and female students from age 16. It never ceases to amaze me how they grow in confidence on the course, meaning I have no apprehension about putting them in front of employers who are all keen to recruit our students because they are job ready and quality employees. What all my students share is a passion for sport and a hunger for a career in football or the wider sports industry.

"I am delighted that this year we have 100% success for jobs as every student who applied to work on full time contracts abroad was successful, which bears testament to their hard work and the excellent tuition they receive from my staff."

Heading to America and Canada are students from a number of schools and colleges across Northern Ireland where David Campbell Soccer runs collaborative education programmes including St Cecilia's College, St Joseph's Boys' School, Lisneal College and St Columb's College in Londonderry and Holy Cross College in Strabane plus Ballyclare Secondary School and Hazelwood Integrated College.

Ex-Nottingham Forest winger Campbell, whose football story is told in the movie Shooting for Socrates, was joined by Education Minister John O'Dowd and Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin.

David Campbell Soccer is currently conducting interviews for its September intake at schools and colleges across Northern Ireland. For more information call 0151 474 8811 or you can visit

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