The eighth edition of the professional scouting course organized by IPSO took place at the end of May in Gdynia.
‘As always, the first day focused on the player analysis. The second day is a little more difficult, as our activities related to the team analysis. We had participants from different parts of the world and this proves that IPSO is global,’ said Colin Chambers, principal lecturer.
The special guest of the Gdynia edition of the IPSO course was Darren Peacock, a former football player at Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers among others, who took a coaching role after he finished his football career.
The Polish special guest in Gdynia turned out to be Paul Kryszałowicz, a former player of the Polish National football team, now a vice president of the Pomeranian Football Association. Co-hosts of the course, Arka Gdynia were represented by sports director of the club Edward Klejndinst and the best player in the history of the yellow-blue Janusz Kupcewicz, who now works as a scout.
‘I gained some new knowledge I didn’t have as a player,’ said Kryszałowicz.
‘It’s a very useful thing. I will certainly use a lot of the things in my work from what IPSO showed us during the lectures,’ said Klejndinst.
‘It was a very motivating experience. I am very interested in scouting and IPSO showed us a very professional approach that is needed within the job,’ said Peacock.
For the practical examination of the course we were at the game Arka Gdynia v Olimpia Grudziadz and their attention focused on the Gdynia’s midfielder, Mateusz Szwochu. The attendants prepared a professional player report on how he played,in the same manner used by professional football clubs in the Premier League.
‘Those who successfully pass the exam will receive appropriate certificates of completion of our course. In the past we have organized only the first, basic level of our courses in Poland. But NOW those of our students who hold a certificate from the first course will be able to take part in the second level which is out in August. Advantages of IPSO? Knowledge, networking and the possibility to develop yourself. We have the possibility of contact with people in the football environment through us. We provide, among other things, support in arranging internships in clubs, but we are open to any kind of cooperation,’ said Kamil Potrykus, managing director of IPSO.