Marco Monte of Inter Milan (one of the top 5 professional clubs in the world) was the Consultant for the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and he assessed all professional clubs in the UAE:
His quotes about the Al Ain professional youth academy Directed by Wayne Harrison were:
- “The consultant has noticed that the Al Ain club management has decided to invest the time and resources required to create an important group of coaches.
- They are well managed and organized by an excellent Director of Coaching Wayne Harrison whose objective is to improve work on the pitch as well as to help the boys develop and grow without the anxiety of achieving results.
- The consultant is absolutely certain that the Al Ain club represents the model and Philosophy of youth football that can be the beacon for the other Emirati professional clubs. The consultant is of the opinion
- The clubs current status with respect to technical affairs can be stated as the one closest to the standards of the best European professional clubs”. Report written in 2011.
- Given this; we were still able to perform successfully from a results standpoint also. Al Ain Youth teams were the MOST successful in the UAE winning 7 National Professional youth titles at various ages using the Soccer Awareness Philosophy of teaching.
- Thirteen players promoted to the first team from the academy 2009-2011
- Wayne Harrison Created and presented In – House Coach Education and development courses December 2010 and February 2011 to help prepare all the 42 full time academy coaches he was in charge of for their Asian Federation B Licensing course.
- Wayne Harrison Represented the Abu Dhabi Sports Council as a delegate in Tokyo; Japan at the Japanese F.A to compare the youth development models of each respective country, quite an honour to be chosen to do so. He wrote a paper on this for the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
- To assess the level of play Al Ain under Waynes Professional guidance beat Inter Milan, Valencia, Atletico Madrid; Manchester United and Raja the top club in Morocco in tournaments at U15 and U16 age groups.
- Wayne has had many documented successes in youth development and is well respected in the football world due to this.
- With this in mind everyone should consider embracing Soccer Awareness Training for their children, more and more Internationally this concept of the game is showing it is invaluable to educate players in its philosophy and at every level of the game and the younger players start the better chance they have of success.