NSCAA Special Topics Course: Long Term Athlete Development with Rene Meulensteen

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a small group of members traveled to Manchester, England to take part in an exclusive, intimate coaching education tour featuring Rene Meulensteen, First Team coach for Manchester United.

This NSCAA Special Topics Course at Manchester United’s legendary Cliff Training Ground included presentations by Meulensteen, the Manchester United Youth Academy, and Ian Barker, NSCAA DOCE. Attendees had the opportunity to observe a Manchester United Youth Academy training, tour Old Trafford Stadium and the National Football Museum in Manchester. The tour ends with the Manchester United vs. Everton match at Old Trafford Stadium.

Chris Clements, NSCAA Membership Development Coordinator, provided recaps and photos from each day of the tour.

Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3  |  Day 4  |  Day 5

Course Details

Course Location: Manchester, England

Course Dates/Schedule: February 6-10, 2013

  • February 6: Attendees arrival and course begins at 7:00pm with a theoretical session with Rene Meulensteen.
  • February 7-9: Education sessions and tours
  • February 10: Match Day Manchester United vs Everton at 4pm
  • February 11: Departures

Course Includes

  • 12 Hours of Educational Sessions
  • Presentation from Rene Meulensteen, Manchester United 1st team coach
  • Presentation from Manchester United Coaching Staff
  • Presentation from NSCAA DOCE, Ian Barker
  • Exclusive Access to Manchester United Youth Academy Training
  • NSCAA Special Topics Diploma
  • Match ticket to Manchester United vs. Everton at Old Trafford Stadium
  • Tour of Old Trafford stadium
  • Visit to National Football Museum in Manchester
  • Hotel accommodations at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate (Double Occupancy, Nights of February 6 – 10, 2013)
  • Ground transportation (once attendee arrives in Manchester)
  • Breakfast and Lunch for 4 days

Course Cost: $1,750

Contact: NSCAA National Office, info@nscaa.com, 913-362-1747

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Cancellation Policy: Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to Geoff VanDeusen at gvandeusen@nscaa.com. No refunds after January 15, 2013. All refunds will be subject to a $500 booking/service charge.


About Rene Meulensteen

Rene Meulensteen was promoted to the post of first team coach on September 3, 2008. In his previous role as Technical Skills Development Officer, Rene was the man charged with giving United's players the armoury to out-manouevre any opponent in any given situation.

Rene first arrived in Manchester in 2001 and quickly set about overhauling United's approach to coaching children in the club's Academy. He changed United’s coaching syllabus, concentrating on the technical area of the game, specifically the coaching of “tricks and moves”, which Rene believes defines the difference between a good player and great player.

More information on Rene from the Manchester United Coach Profile

About the NSCAA

Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.

The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.