Team Scotland coaching staff announced for Sacramento

Street Soccer Scotland have an announced an experienced coaching support team to lead Team Scotland in this year’s Homeless World Cup in Sacramento, California.

Team Scotland manager for the Homeless World Cup 2023 will be Robbie Wood, who is manager of Street Soccer programmes in Edinburgh. Robbie has been with Street Soccer for over a decade and is looking forward to the prospect of leading the men’s squad at the tournament.

“The opportunity for players to be part of the Homeless World Cup can be life-changing and will no doubt be an incredible experience. We are excited to bring together players from our programmes across Scotland to travel to Sacramento.

It’s the first competition in four years and previously we have seen the profound effect its had on player to help them find positive change in their lives. It gives me immense pride to have the chance to manage the team and I’m pleased to have such a great support team around me”.

Robbie will be assisted by John Taylor, who is Street Soccer’s programme coordinator in the capital. The duo have a great working relationship and are in an excellent position to support the prospective squad as they work towards the summer.

John joined Street Soccer in recent years as a sessional worker and has developed in to a permanent position as programme coordinator due to his fantastic work ethic and understanding of our players needs. The pair will also be joined by Craig McManus, former Team Scotland captain, who will join the team as welfare support to ensure all players have the necessary tools to look after their physical and mental wellbeing, whilst away.

Cameron Black, Operations Manager at Street Soccer, will travel with the squad to support with all operational needs in California and Jack Martin, who is a programme coordinator in Glasgow, is supporting the coaching staff with training in the lead up to the tournament.

With the final touches being put to the 2023 Team Scotland men’s squad, more details will be announced in due course.

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