Where in the world can you be
trained by coaches from
Manchester United, Real Madrid,
Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, and,
er, Oldham Athletic?
The USA, of course. The brainchild of American John Fisher, Youth Professional Training provides the highest levels of European training to youngsters (aged 10-14) from across the pond.
Oldham Athletic’s Mick Priest agrees. Now the Youth Assistant Manager and Centre of Excellence boss at Boundary Park, he has been an advocate of YPT since his Manchester United coaching days. Indeed, but for visa issues, he’d have already grabbed recent YPT graduate Joseph Gyau.
“I’d walk all over hot coals to get Joseph,” says Priest. “He’s just such an exciting player and so level-headed.”
It came about through a key footballing attribute: “Significant persistence,” chuckles Fisher. “I was a nobody with only an idea.”