Lectures, as usual, were given by Colin Chambers, though authors of short lectures were also our special guests from the UK – Kevin Gallacher and Jeffrey Kenna, as well as Andrzej Strejlau, a former coach of Poland national football team.
“The organization of the event is very good. The scope of questions and their diversity made the whole room buzzing with discussion” Strejlau said. “In my days scouting didn’t exist on such a scale as today, though I remember that I once spotted Andrzej Szarmach in a the second league match. Among other things, this helped him to became a great striker later in Polish national football team. Despite that, like Grzegorz Lato, he never played in the junior squad and this didn’t prevent both of them to be among the best shooters later at the world championships” he added.
“Clubs increasingly understand that a department of scouting is essential. Not only in order to get a valuable player, but also to minimize the risk” says Marcin Żewłakow, a scout of Legia Warszawa. “Scouting, in my opinion, first of all had to do with an individual approach to player, but IPSO lectures expands this concept to the whole team. Then there are the statistics as well as some minor details and rules applicable in this work that would occur to me after two or three years based on the experience of seeing hundreds of matches. I’ve written them down and will use later on“ Żewłakow admitted.
“As a former player and a coach is a little easier for me to understand lectures given by Colin Chambers, but I certainly could deepen my existing knowledge, which will be useful in future work “ Adam Matysek, a former player of Poland national football team and participant added.
“During the course I learned to pay attention to detail. It’s very easy to go and look at a player or team and just draw your own conclusions. For example, the team plays four defenders, four midfielders and two strikers, the player with No. 10 is good player and shoots from everywhere. It’s actually attention to finer detail of do the fullbacks attack together, does the center-forward drop into the middle field to pick up the ball, does he play the ball well, does he receive the ball. That finer detail makes a big difference, information that you pass on to whoever you’re scouting for” Jeffrey Kenna, IPSO’s special guest, a former player of Ireland national football team said.
“When I went back from Sopot you want to know what you learned and I’ve come back and I’ve done the same exam but did everything different, so my basic attention to detail was totally different. I deepened my knowledge and started paying attention in a completely different way to certain details concerning the competitor analysis” added Kevin Gallacher, a former representative of Scotland, who attended IPSO course for the second time.
“It’s a very interesting initiative for sure. Qatar would gain a lot as people there are interested in the best solutions. From what I observed during those 2 years, there are no initiatives like this one“ said Wojciech Ignatiuk, who works as a physical preparation coach of Qatari club Al-Wakrah.
“The reaction is quite interesting from my point of view, just talking away for 5 to 6 hours a day and the beginning is quite interesting for me and comical because it starts with a serious face and not giving any expression. Then they start going ‘mhm, I see that point’ and before you know it they get the pen up and start writing because they started to realize that this is serious. This is good stuff” commented Colin Chambers, main lecturer of IPSO courses.
“We are thinking about organizing another edition of the course in Poland, probably in August. Then we want to develop this project in Europe. In September we will meet in Slovakia, where we cooperate with the local football federation” says Kamil Potrykus, managing director of IPSO.