With a fantastic reputation in British and world football, we are delighted to welcome Craig Brown as an official ambassador of the Loch Lomond Youth Soccer Festival.
“It gives me great pleasure to support the Loch Lomond Youth Soccer Festival held in Central Scotland in early August each year.I cannot think of a better place to hold a tournament of this nature than the University of Stirling, well known for its top class football facilities. Stirling and the surrounding areas is also a wonderful location to witness some of the best sightseeing that Scotland has to offer. I feel sure that any overseas team coming to play in the tournament will enjoy the experience and the tournament staff will do their very best to look after them. I send my best wishes to all of those involved in arranging the tournament and send a very warm welcome to our international visitors”. -- CRAIG BROWN, CBE
Craig Brown CBE - is a Scottish former professional football player and manager. He is currently manager of Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League. Brown has previously managed Motherwell, Preston North End and Clyde. He was manager of the Scottish National team from 1993 to 2001, the longest tenure for a Scotland manager. Under Brown, Scotland qualified for both Euro '96 in England and the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. He was awarded the CBE in 1999 for services to football.
What The Pros Say...
"I have visited the Loch Lomond Youth Soccer Festival five times and am always very impressed by the level of girls soccer and the excellent facilities."
-- Tony Gervaise, Former Arsenal Women's FC Academy Director and SFA head of women's football
"The Loch Lomond Youth Soccer Festival is a very well organized event with good quality teams and held at one of the best soccer facilities in Scotland. I enjoyed visiting the tournament in summer 2007"
-- Gary Bollan, Head Coach, Livingston Football Club
"The Loch Lomond Youth Soccer Festival provides an excellent opportunity for girls from local and international teams to participate in high quality games in a very well organized and professional setting"
-- Nicola Barbour, ex-Scottish Football Association
"Our boys and girls teams were delighted with their experience at the Loch Lomond Youth Soccer Festival!"
-- Teddy Moen, Executive Director, Norwegian Football Coaches Association
What the Participants Say....
"This trip was a wonderful experience both culturally and athletically. The girls had a phenomenal time playing great soccer against great soccer clubs. The tournament had wonder activities for all teams, boys and girls of every age to come together, meet each other and learn about each other. They made long lasting friendships and the first thing they said was "Can we go again!'."
-- Elizabeth Friedman, MSC Bulls, Maryland, USA
“I am so glad we made the decision to attend the Loch Lomond Festival in Scotland, it was such an amazing experience for my 13 year old son and myself. The caliber of football and teams we played was amazing and the friends we met are invaluable. I am so glad we did not take a full team with us, because we were then paired up with some boys from Scotland and had such a wonderful time. I also recommend staying in the dorms at the University, it can get a bit loud, but the experience the kids have is so great. We are already planning our next trip.”
-- Jill Hartke, Parent, Cedar River Soccer Association, USA
"We would like to thank you and all your staff for all your help and kind cooperation towards us. The boys and I had a really great time. We also appreciate everyone's hospitality. Thank you so much!"
-- Ibrahim Arnaoot, United Eagles, Saudi Arabia
"Loch Lomond Youth Soccer Festival is a great tournament. Each person I worked with was friendly, helpful, and efficient. Many of the parents believe that this trip to the tournament was the best trip they have ever been on. The tournament had so much to offer for everyone on the trip. I can not wait to visit Scotland once again!"
-- Frode Vassbo, Stavanger Girls FC, Norway
"It was not only a youth soccer festival, but a wonderful international and cultural experience. Never have I seen so many different cultures come together to share the love of the best game in the world. The trip offered not only soccer, but sightseeing, fun, and friendships. We loved everything about it!"
-- Rene Solymar, Kanata Soccer Girls Club, Canada
"The tournament was fantastic! Our boys enjoyed every minute of the festival from beginning to end. The tournament was run smoothly, the competition was matched well, and the sightseeing was incredible. I hope to be able to work with Loch Lomond Soccer Festival in the future."
-- Mark Axon, Crusaders Soccer Boys, South Africa
“The Loch Lomond Festival was amazing! It was very well organized and the atmosphere was friendly. They make the games not just about winning but about developing the players as a whole.”
-- Leandro Vicenzi, Coach, Clube Atletico Paranaense, Brazil
What our staff and volunteers say...
"I enjoyed participating at the Loch Lomond tournament for 4 years as a youth player which gave me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, a lot of whom I still keep in touch with. Joining the staff this year gave me insight into how much work is involved in running the tournament. Everything is aimed at ensuring the players and coaches have an unforgettable experience. I feel I have made friends for life through the tournament, both playing and volunteering, and I look forward to many more years to come."
-- Kerry Kennedy, Volunteer, Falkirk Ladies F.C. Player, Student at the University of Stirling
"Volunteering at the Loch Lomond Soccer Festival was great fun and meeting teams from all over the world was a fantastic experience."
-- Emma Blore, Volunteer, Student at the University of Stirling
"I thought is was a great experience getting to know people from different places. Also, the people we worked with were great fun as well as helpful if we had a problem. I enjoyed every bit of it."
-- Hannah Pickford, Volunteer, Student at the University of Stirling
The following volunteer ambassadors are more than willing to share their experiences with you. Their valuable insight may be just the thing you need to make your planning easier.