The second IPSO course delivered at the Stadium of Light in partnership with the Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light Charity, was delivered on the 16th and 17th December with the Sunderland v Fulham game as our designated match for the course.

Attendants took part with participants from professional clubs including Sunderland AFC, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough FC, and students from around the world including Sweden, Scotland and two guests from China. The students soon got into the course and on the first break, when in conversation, mentioned it was far from a talent ID course as the students shared their thoughts on what they had just witnessed with some attendants saying they didn’t realise how strong and detailed it was. They were very impressed with the beginning of the course and how it opened their eyes to professional scouting at the highest level.

After Day 1 it was good to see the majority of the students meet up at night to network and have a nice meal together as we shared our opinions of the day and the game of Sunderland v Fulham. We looked at the young starlet of Fulham who is making a name for himself in the left-back position at only 17 years of age Ryan Sessegnon. The students had to do a detailed report on the player’s performance and potential as part of the exam of the IPSO Level 1 course.

Day 2 was made very special as Wayne Walls from the Foundation of Light, gave us a tour of the ground including the director’s box area, changing rooms, the tunnel, pitch side, the dug-out and many more areas of the ground that was filled with memorabilia of Sunderland’s history. It was an experience were the students commented that it was a fantastic tour and bonus as they were so pleased it was added into the course to make the occasion even more special.

Every student was successful in passing the course and most of them are looking into level 2. – Matt Kirk from Middlesbrough said ‘I’m so glad I did this course it has really opened my eyes with the information and the detail, this course is second to none, I can’t wait for level 2’

Another successful course shared by IPSO and the Foundation of Light.

The next course targeted is in March as Sunderland entertain Preston North End.