Richard Grootscholten

Head of Feyenoord Academy, Netherlands ,

A Dutch football coach with over 30 years of experience in Youth Player Development. Richard ran the academy of Sparta Rotterdam, one of the most important youth development centres in the Netherlands and the first Academy in the country that integrated online tools into the Player Development process, an innovation that helped it win the most prestigious Youth Academy Award in the country– the Rinus Michels Award for Best Dutch Academy. Richard went on to guide and/or manage the youth development process at Academies in developing football countries; Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS, KGHM Zaglebie Lubin in Poland and Kuban Krasnodar in Russia. Richard has also worked closely with the KNVB (Dutch Football Association) in creating nationwide youth development and management systems.