Game of two cities
Top German football coach, Werner Kern, brought his tricks of the football trade to Edinburgh on Sunday (21 September) for the Festival of Sport 2014.
Sports coaches and football professionals were treated to a seminar from the Bayern Munich Football Club coach as he held a seminar on youth development.
Hosted at Heriot-Watt University's Riccarton Campus, where the new National Performance Centre for Sport is being developed, the talk took place in association with the SFA and formed part of the launch weekend for the Council's Festival of Sport 2014 which also welcomed the Continental Cup qualifying round one of beach volleyball for the 2016 Olympics.
Werner's visit also marked a celebration of Edinburgh's history of being twinned with Munich, which is in its 60th year.
The annual Festival of Sport takes place until 5 October 2014, and aims to raise the profile of sport across Edinburgh while also supporting the development of coaches and volunteers.
Following a playing career at various amateur clubs in Bavaria, Werner Kern embarked on an illustrious coach and management career. Under the expertise of Udo Lattek and Dettmar Cramer, Werner started his coaching career in 1973 with Bayern Munich with victories including a German title, three European Cup titles in a row and one Intercontinental Cup.
In 1998 Werner was appointed Head of Youth Development and Women’s Football at Bayern Munich, a post he has shaped until his retirement in 2012.
Aimed at coaches working at all levels of football, from amateur to professional, Werner's seminar in Edinburgh delivered his ideas on nurturing young sporting talent.
A significant number of those who attended were managers and coaching staff from the top flight football leagues in Scotland and England.