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AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS 2010 - TOURNAMENT REPORT

TSN will again be at the prestigious African championships, providing detailed assessments and recommendations on every player who plays. This unique product will be available to both client and non-client clubs within the first week of February for £599 per copy.

To order your copy, contact or the office on 01527 585870.

WELCOME TO ACCRINGTON STANLEY AND YORK CITY

During December, two further clubs signed up to TSN's scouting, support centre and database services. With both clubs doing well in their respective divisions, we wish them the very best for the rest of the season and look forward to a long, successful partnership.

SCOUTS AWARENESS COURSE FOR PROFESSIONALS - SCOTLAND

TSN will hold its first Scottish Scouts Awareness Course for professionals in January 2010, at Motherwell Football Club. Following the successful course in Birmingham, the Scottish PFA will be represented, along with analysts, scouts and coaches from a range of clubs north of the border.

To find out more about both the professional and beginners course, contact .

SCOUTS AWARENESS COURSE SUCCESS

Our first "Scouting Awareness Course" for professionals could have paved the way for official endorsement after being voted a hit by all those who attended. The seven guinea pig pupils for the launch of TSN's newest venture included representatives from both the Professional Footballers' Association and the League Managers' Association as well as a number of ex players and coaches looking to enhance their knowledge of scouting.

The one-day course, planned as the first of a series that will also be offered in an alternative format for both grassroots football enthusiasts and education establishments, which will be tailored to their needs.

To find out more about the courses, contact .

WELCOME ONBOARD - PHILIDELPHIA UNION

The Philadelphia Union have become the 16th franchise to join the ever developing MLS in the USA and in preparation of their inaugural season, "the sons of Ben" have sought the services of TSN to help build their own scouting department and support the building of their brand new team, which is due to play its first game in the Spring. We wish Nick, Peter and the team all the best for the coming season.

FIFA UNDER-20 WORLD CUP TOURNAMENT REVIEW

The 102 page FIFA Under-20 World Cup review, which was recently held in Egypt has now been sent to our client clubs. The review highlights recommended players, plus short assessments on every player who stepped on the pitch during a tournament which saw an African nation become the first to win a major FIFA tournament.

If you wish to purchase this review or any of the others completed this year, then please e-mail for your copy.

LAUNCH OF NEW "SCOUTING AWARENESS" COURSES

Starting this month, TSN will be promoting its own "Scouting Awareness" courses to both the professional and grassroots game, plus universities/colleges. With no officially accredited scouting course in existence, we have redesigned our own course to fill the void. It has successfully been run over the past three years for our own scouts, and will now be open to those who wish to improve their current skills or who would like to know more about the changing face of scouting.

The courses will be held in regional locations around the UK. To find out more, either go to the Scouting Courses element of the website or contact

GOLD CUP AND UEFA UNDER-19 TOURNAMENT REPORTS

During August, the Gold Cup and UEFA Under-19 tournament reviews were completed, with the FIFA Under-20 and 17 World Cup's in Egypt and Nigeria respectively due to be covered during September and October. These will be the final tournament reviews for 2009, with the complete list and prices available from our website. If you wish to purchase any of these reviews, then please e-mail for your copy.

NEW CLIENTS FOR SEASON 2009-2010

With more and more clubs recognising the professional and cost effective scouting services provided by TSN, the following new clubs will be with us for the coming season and wish them all the very best. AFC Bournemouth, Burton Albion, Crewe Alexandra, Hartlepool United, Luton Town, Newport County, Oldham Athletic, Rushden and Diamonds in England, plus Hearts and Motherwell in Scotland.

COMPLETED TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Over the past couple of months TSN scouts have completed the Toulon, Confederations Cup and UEFA Under-21 tournament reports, which are now purchased by clubs from 8 different countries. Assessments on every player and a recommended list of potential high-achievers has made these reports hugely popular with Chief Scouts around the globe.

Please see Products and Tournament Reviews on this website for costs or contact for your copy.

CELTIC - THE SCOTTISH CHAMPIONS JOIN TSN

TSN are pleased to have agreed a new long term contract with Glasgow Celtic, the current reigning Scottish Premier League Champions. Having worked with Celtic during the current season, providing the club with the most up-to-date worldwide scouting services, we look forward to a long and successful partnership with the club and its staff.

PREMIER LEAGUE EXIT TRIALS

The Scouting Network once again covered the recent Premier League exit trials at Warwick University, with short reports on each player who took part. Last season, we helped clubs who couldn't attend with background information, therefore if you didn't manage to attend, please contact supportcentre@thescoutingnetwork.co.uk. We will also be providing the same short assessments at next months Football League exit trials, which are going to be held on the 12, 13 and 14 May.

WORLDWIDE SCOUTING

The month of March was the busiest in the companies history, with our team of worldwide scouts covering nearly 300 games and providing assessments on over 3,000 players for clients. From the FIFA Under-20 qualifying tournaments in Venezuela and Rwanda to domestic games in England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Italy and Portugal, plus our scouts have also covered international games from Under-17 to senior level, with a number of Premier League reserve and FA Youth cup games also included.

WELCOME TO RUSHDEN AND DIAMONDS

Rushden and Diamonds has become the eighth Conference club to utilise our scouting services, with the contract taking us through to the end of next season. We look forward to working closely with Justin Edinburgh and his staff over the coming months, with the very popular out of contract lists during the summer now standard to client clubs.

WELCOME - RAPID VIENNA, PRESTON NORTH END AND GALWAY UNITED

During the past month the TSN family continues to grow, with Austria champions Rapid Vienna and English Championship club Preston North End signing 18 month contracts, whereas Eircom league side Galway United have also seen the benefits of utilising our unique scouting and support services. We wish all three clubs every success and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.

GOODBYE - TIM JOINS SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Club Liaison and Sales manager Tim Henderson, who has spent the last three years helping develop The Scouting Network brand has joined one of our client clubs, Sheffield Wednesday as Chief Scout. We would like to thank Tim for his time and efforts during his time with TSN, wishing him every success in his new venture.

SUMMER TOURNAMENTS FOR 2009

Following discussions with our client clubs, TSN will covering the following tournaments during a busy summer:

8 - 13 April Montagui Under-16 Tournament
6 - 18 May UEFA Under-17 Championships in Germany
2 - 11 Jun Toulon International
14 - 28 Jun FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa
15 - 29 June UEFA Under-21 Championships in Sweden
3 - 26 Jul CONCACAF Gold Cup in Canada
21 Jul - 2 Aug UEFA Under-19 Championships in Ukraine

If any non-clients would also want these tournaments covering on their behalf, please contact or 01527 585870

TSN FIFA U-20 QUALIFIERS IN RWANDA AND VENEZUELA

During January and February, TSN sent scouts to both the South American and African FIFA Under-20 qualifying tournaments, being held in Venezuela and Rwanda respectively, where they have begun providing impartial assessments on every player who takes part in the tournament, plus a list of recommended high achievers. These reports will be available to client clubs in mid-February, but at a cost of £599 each for non-clients.

TSN HELP NON LEAGUE CLUBS WITH THEIR SCOUTING

Although TSN is well known as the leading provider of scouting to Football League clubs, during the past couple of months our team of trained scouts have been travelling to some of the games lesser known venues, with visits to Thamesmead Town, Cammell Laird and Curzon Ashton to name a few for our Conference and below clubs. These trips have provided additional scouting information for TSN on the growing list of players moving up from non-league in to the professional ranks.

TSN (UK) 30 JUNE 2009 - CONTRACT EXPIRY LIST

TSN has now released its list of UK players who will be out of contract this summer to its 46 Football League and Blue Square Conference client clubs. The information has been gathered from a variety of sources, with 89% of senior professional footballers contract expiry dates available, both now in hard copy and via its own online database.

This document and access to the database can also be acquired by non client clubs, either by contacting or the office on 01527 585870.

TSN TO PROVIDE PROZONE WITH PLAYER RECRUITMENT SUPPORT

Thanks to a new agreement with ProZone, a world leader in match analysis, TSN will supply ProZone clubs with our unique impartial scouting and player assessment services, and will suppliment its own player data. The combination of assets will ensure clubs get the very best information available during its player recruitment process. To find out more about ProZone, go to www.prozonesports.com.

TSN TO COVER FIFA U-20 QUALIFIERS IN RWANDA AND VENEZUELA

In mid January, TSN will be sending scouts to both South American and African FIFA Under-20 qualifying tournaments, to be held in Venezuela and Rwanda respectively. As normal, TSN will provide an impartial assessment on every player who takes part in the tournament, plus a list of recommended high achievers. These reports will be available to client clubs in mid-February, but at a cost of £599 each for non-clients.

TSN CONTINUES ITS LINKS WITH NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY AND UWIC

As part of TSN's ongoing links with the Sports Science and Performance Analysis degree courses at Nottingham Trent University and UWIC, TSN through November and December has and will be been providing valuable work experience to some of its students. Working in the football industry, seeing how information is disseminated throughout the game and meeting individuals at client clubs, have become key elements in their time with us and wish them all the very best for the future.

WELCOME TO PHIL GILCHRIST AND WOKING

Woking have joined the growing number of Blue Square Conference clubs, who utilise TSN's scouting, support centre and database services. We wish Phil Gilchrist and his staff all the best for the coming season.

TSN AND ATHLETIC LOGIC LOOK FORWARD

The Scouting Network are delighted to announce a new partnership agreement with Athletic Logic. The Wilmslow based company are the world leaders in providing bespoke software solutions to help all aspects of an elite sporting organisation.

First developed in Australia, Athletic Logic have moved to the UK, where their innovative ideas that have helped many clubs and organisations produce dynamic results Down Under are now being quickly adopted by major Premier League clubs here in the UK, with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United already onboard.

The Scouting Network are very pleased to join forces with such a cutting edge company, and look forward to developing our relationship over the coming years.

WELCOME TO THE TSN FAMILY

During the month of October, TSN recruited two new client clubs from different ends of the playing spectrum. Firstly, Farnborough from the BGB Premier Division have begun utilising our scouting and support centre services, as they aim to climb back up the football pyramid (see also the press release issued by Farnborough), whereas De Graafschap in Holland become the latest Eredivisie club to embrace our wide range of worldwide scouting support services.

We look forward to building a long and successful relationship with both clubs.

TSN PRESENT TO PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS DEGREE COURSE AT UWIC

On Friday, 26th September, TSN were invited to speak at the Performance Analysis of Sport MSc degree course, which was held at UWIC in Cardiff. The two hour presentation gave students an insight in to both the subjective and objective sides of performance analysis and player recruitment. Many of footballs current performance analysts have successfully completed the course, with others on the course already employed by clubs.

NAC BREDA, EVERTON, KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS AND STEVENAGE BOROUGH TAKE UP TSN SERVICES

Over the past month NAC Breda have become the latest Dutch club to utilise the unique scouting services of TSN. With some innovative ideas of their own, we are pleased to welcome another forward thinking club from outside of the UK. (See October Newsletter for article on NAC Breda). Everton have also signed up and join the ever increasing group of Premier League clubs to utilise the whole range of scouting and support services on offer, plus two new customer's from the Blue Square Conference, Kidderminster Harriers and Stevenage Borough. We wish the clubs all the very best for the rest of the season.

ABERDEEN DEVELOP YOUTH SYSTEM WITH TSN

As part of our continuing support to client clubs, TSN has worked closely with Aberdeen to develop a workable youth storage and support system for the club, maintaining their own records of young players of all ages. The system allows the club to retain contact information on their own players, coaching reports and an option to monitor trialists throughout the season. Another version of this simple youth development system is currently being rolled out to other clubs, as TSN continue to meet the needs of its clients.

14 CLUBS IN SIX COUNTRIES USE ProCV IN ITS FIRST MONTH

Following the successful launch of our unique ProCV service, in August alone TSN received 204 requests from 14 different clubs in 6 countries. The service was most used by French Lique 1 and German 1.Bundesliga clubs, who appear to have embraced the opportunity to gain impartial, yet confidential professional player CV's. With ProCV soon to be rolled out in to National Federations, this ground breaking service will help lead the way in player recruitment.

To find out more about this service, please click here.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF ProCV - THE FIRST INDEPENDENT AND CONFIDENTIAL ONLINE PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL CV SERVICE

ProCV is the first online service, where it provides the football industry with impartial and confidentially compiled CV's on professional footballers throughout the world. Most CV's are compiled to impress, with little balance or objectivity, whereas this unique service, will allow clubs an opportunity to utilise the information TSN has gathered via its team of analysts, scouts and representatives, plus an ability to independently scout players or acquire the most recent 90 minute DVD's on that particular player.

To find out more about this service, please click here or email .

UEFA UNDER-19 TOURNAMENT REVIEW

The most recently completed end of tournament review, was the UEFA Under-19 championships held in the Czech Republic. With England failing to qualify from the group stages, Germany rightly went on to win the tournament from Italy. The reports have independent assessments on every player who took the field during the tournament, plus our own recommendation list of players who have caught the eye for only £499 per report.

For more information on how to purchase these tournament reviews, send an e-mail to

TOULON AND EURO 2008 REPORTS NOW AVAILABLE

Following the completion of both tournaments, our increasingly popular end of tournament reviews are now available at £450 and £699 respectively. The reports have independent assessments on every player who took the field at both tournaments, plus our own recommendation list of players who have caught the eye.

For more information on how to purchase these tournament reviews, send an e-mail to .

WELCOME ABOARD

TSN are pleased to welcome onboard John Harrower, who has taken up the post of video analyst/librarian. John will manage our extensive library of DVD's from around the world, as well as provide independent player compilations for use on the database to client clubs. Having recently completed an MSc in Sports Performance Analysis at UWIC and previously gained a degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences, he will provide TSN with greater professional expertise when supporting our clubs during their player recruitment process.

TOURNAMENT AND EXIT TRIAL REPORTS NOW AVAILABLE

Following the completion of the UEFA Under-17 championships in Turkey, Toulon International tournament and League Football Education (LFE) exit trials, TSN now have these reports available for distribution. The Under-17 and Toulon tournament reports can be purchased at £399 and £450 respectively, whereas the Football League exit trials will appear as a FREE link via the LFE website.

AVAILABILITY OF NORTH AMERICAN DATABASE

As part of our partnerships with a number of clubs and organisations within the US, our North American only database is now regularly being updated with scouting reports from MLS games, plus preparation for the new college soccer season is now underway, providing clubs from the MLS and USL with independent scouting assessments on potential draft picks in January 2009.

To find out more about this service, contact

UEFA UNDER-17 AND TOULON TOURNAMENT REPORTS

As part of our ongoing support to client clubs, TSN will again send scouts out to the top tournaments around the world, with this month providing independent scouting assessments on players from the UEFA Under-17 tournament in Turkey, the prestigious Toulon Under-20 international tournament, plus we will also have someone covering the highly regarded Under-19 Monthey tournament in Switzerland, which include such teams as Besiktas, Falmengo (Brazil), Eintracht Frankfurt, FC Sion, Sevilla, Sporting Lisbon and Tottenham Hotspur.

To order your end of tournament reviews, please send an e-mail to:

TSN TO COVER LFE EXIT TRIALS - 13/14/15 MAY

As part of our partnership with the League Football Education (LFE), TSN will send scouts to the exit trials at Coventry City, Brentford and Sheffield United, providing individual assessments on each player who attends, with the subsequent compiled report released to all clubs throughout the football pyramid.

OUT OF CONTRACT LIST 2008

With the season coming to a close and approximately 800 players either going to be released or transfer listed, TSN will continue to provide a full list of players who will be out of contract this summer in early April for both UK and non-UK players. Following last years successful daily online released list during the month of May, any clubs who wish to take the opportunity to utilise these unique services, contact supportcentre@thescoutingnetwork.co.uk

NEW FOOTBALL BUSINESS

Our experienced Head of Recruitment Andy Burman, is further advancing this side of the business and has set up a company called Professional Football Ltd, which will only provide services and support to professional clubs in the UK.

These services will include:

  • Recruitment, selection & assessment of football and non football staff for clubs.
  • Affordable performance analysis of teams, players & manager.
  • Long term club development - success off the pitch regardless of performance on it.
  • Sponsorship - club & kit.
  • Staff training - internal & external short courses.
  • Cost effective Contract HR & Health and Safety.

Andy will work closely with The Scouting Network and we wish him well with this much needed service within the professional game.

WELCOME THE DONS

Aberdeen recently became the latest Scottish Premier League side to utilise our scouting and consultancy services, as they look to build for the coming season. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with the club and its staff.

NEW FOOTBALL LEAGUE MANAGERS ENLIST SUPPORT OF TSN

New managers taking control of clubs face a mountain of tasks that need to be done in a hurry and are increasingly recognising that TSN can solve problems for them with our cost effective and professional scouting services. In the last couple of months Cheltenham Town, Swindon Town, Lincoln City and Brentford have all been welcomed into our list of client clubs after appointing a new manager. Meanwhile new bosses at Bury and Macclesfield, who were already clients, have also taken the opportunity to make use of our service to get opponents watched and compile information on potentially available players.

TSN PROVIDE ANNUAL AWARD TO OUTSTANDING GRADUATE

TSN has worked closely with Nottingham Trent University for the past two years, providing work placement and support to their Sports Science and Management students. Last month at their graduation ceremony, TSN presented an award to David Passmore for his outstanding achievements in the Sports Department at the Nottingham County Council.

TSN SUPPORT TO NEW FOOTBALLCV ACADEMY

As part of our support to youth football, TSN has continued its link with FootballCV by sending out scouts to assess the players at the newly formed FootballCV Academy, based at the Rushden and Diamonds ground. The reports will be used as part of their development process and form part of the feedback to parents from coaches. TSN will also be working with FootballCV this spring when covering the PFA, LFE and Premier League exit trials.

TSN CONTINUES ITS SUPPORT TO YOUTH FOOTBALL

As part of our effort to support the game at all levels, TSN has joined forces with League Football Education (LFE), an organisation set up the Football League and Professional Footballers Association (PFA) to manage the educational and welfare needs of its apprentices throughout England and Wales. TSN will provide scouting assessments at the exit trials in April/May, plus help in trying to place released apprentices in to other clubs. Together with a number of other joint projects, TSN is pleased to be associated with such a major voice in youth football.

SHORT PLAYER VIDEO CLIPS NOW AVAILABLE IN DATABASE

Following the successful response by clubs to our 48 hour service for 90 minute DVD's, we have now begun to add short 3, 5 and 10 minute video clips of selected European players in to our own database for existing clients. By the summer, it is proposed that TSN will have a good proportion of these clips on most players within the database.

For more information on how to purchase these 90 minute DVD's, please contact

TSN SUPPORT TO MLS SUPERDRAFT 2008

At last months MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore, USA, TSN launched its US College Soccer database to the MLS and USL, giving the franchises and clubs access to our independent scouting assessments throughout the season, rather than a snapshot at the combine, two weeks before the draft. Strategically positioning scouts in key cities throughout the USA to monitor the best college players, we have now presented users with a unique flow of assessments and statistics.

TSN OPEN DOOR TO DVD's FOR CLIENTS

TSN is pleased to announce our new DVD service. We can now provide client clubs with full 90 minute DVDs on both domestic and International games, played around Europe and South America. These can be ordered directly through ourselves, and will be delivered to clubs within 48 hours of the request. This new service, arranged officially through broadcasters, will provide between 90-100% of the games in the following top leagues: England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Netherlands and Poland, with approximately 50% of the games in Argentina, Brazil and Hungary. We will also be able to provide all the games from the Champions League, UEFA Cup and major International games.

To find out more about how to receive these good quality DVDs on teams and players in a timely, yet cost effective way, send an e-mail to

THE TSN DATABASE KEEPS GROWING

TSN's new offices in South Africa - together with continued coverage of the final stages of the MLS Cup and College Final Four games in the USA - have added even more depth of information to the 1,500 unique independent scouting assessments carried out during November and December. Individual assessments on all those who played in those US competitions, plus the latest games in the PSL, have all gone into the vault of information which is now available to users of our Worldwide Player Directory.

NO HOLIDAY AT TSN

While the rest of the country put their feet up, the Christmas holiday season kept everybody in football working, which meant an especially busy spell for our team of regionally based and fully trained scouts. During December and the New Year, TSN carried out 232 team assessments for Football League managers/coaches and their chief scouts, providing a valuable asset to 47 of the 72 clubs. With at times more than two thirds of games per fixture list covered, this confidential, cost effective resource is unrivalled, with its quality and professional presentation.

To find out more utilising this unique service, contact

SUCCESSFUL DEBUT AT SOCCEREX 2007

This years SoccerEx was held in South Africa, aimed at promoting the country to the football community and coincide with the 2010 World Cup draw. TSN exhibited for the first time at the event, promoting our International Scouting and Consultancy services, gaining contracts with clubs in Denmark, Holland, Russia, Australia, Scotland and USA, plus plenty of good contacts within the game.

LAUNCH OF TSN SOUTH AFRICA

At SoccerEx in late November, TSN officially launched its South African office, tasked with servicing our current clients in the region and developing our business within South Africa and beyond. The team were busy at SoccerEx, with Shawn Bishop, a product of our Soccer Management and Scouting course and South African international playing legend Gary McNab, who will also be responsible for the scouting of potential emerging talent.

WELCOME VITESSE ARNHEM

Progressive Eredivise club Vitesse Arnhem have become the latest Dutch club to utilise the full range of unique scouting, database and support services. Following a visit to our offices in the UK, both the Technical Director and Chief Scout were sufficiently impressed, where we look forward to a long and successful partnership.

AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS

As part of our ongoing support to client clubs, TSN will again be covering the African Cup of Nations, which this year will be held in Ghana between 20 January and 10 February 2008. As always our end of tournament report will have a report on every player who takes the field, plus this time we will have a library of DVD's of every game. If you wish to pre-purchase this report, then please contact TSN.

TSN WELCOMES TWO NEW MEMBERS OF STAFF

As TSN look to expand its service and services to clients, we have been fortunate to recruit John Connolly, who will look after and develop our clients in Scotland. John has a wealth of footballing experience, having played for St Johnstone, Everton, Birmingham City, Newcastle United and Hibernian, together with managing Motherwell, Ayr United, Queen of the South and St Johnstone in Scotland. John currently performs the role of SPL match delegate and will join up with Jon Harrison our current scout in that area.

TSN have also brought in Patricio Figuerio, an ex-player and now a freelance journalist based in Argentina, who will be responsible for both scouting and looking after the South American element of the Worldwide Player Directory.

TSN EXHIBITS AT SOCCEREX 2007

Between 26-28 December 2007, TSN will be exhibiting its scouting and consultancy services to delegates at SoccerEx 2007, which this year will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. With numerous top clubs and football related businesses present at the world's largest football exhibition, we are looking forward to promoting our unique services to the world game from stand 740.

SOCCER MANAGEMENT AND SCOUTING COURSE

For two years, TSN has been developing and tutoring a Soccer Management and Scouting course to potential scouts, agents and coaches within the USA, via the successful sports education business Sports Management Worldwide. Over the past few months, this successful 8 week on-line internet course, has been rolled out to students worldwide, with shorter internal courses also available. To find out more about these courses contact either or .

TSN PROVIDE 24 HOUR SUPPORT CENTRE SERVICE

With clients based across a number of time zones, TSN has further extended its Support Centre service by providing 24 hour coverage, via both e-mail and phone, an initiative driven by ourselves to ensure our clients get the best possible service. As a worldwide provider of football information, we are pleased with the initial reaction to this service from club managers and chief scouts.

BUSY OPENING MONTHS FOR TSN SCOUTS

During the opening two months of the season TSN scouts covered nearly 400 games worldwide, providing team and player assessment to client clubs, with games in Russia, France, Spain, Portugal, Korea, Latvia, Italy, Holland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, USA, South Africa, Scotland, England, Argentina and Brazil. To find out more about how your club can utilise our worldwide team of scouts, contact the office by either phone or e-mail.

GOVERNMENT BACKING FOR TSN EXPANSION

As part of our expanding services in to non-UK countries, TSN has been notified of its qualification for government funding by the UK Trade and Investment department (formerly UK DTI), providing financial support for travel, translation services and exhibition grants. This generous support will greatly enhance the ability to develop our unique services in to more countries.

TSN LAUNCHES NEW MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

As part of The Scouting Network's continued communication with the football industry, a new monthly newsletter will be delivered to every club and associated football business, with a view to providing topics of interest and latest developments within the game.

TSN WELCOMES PARTNERSHIP WITH OPTA AND SOCCER ASSOCIATION

The Scouting Network (TSN) is pleased to announce its partnership with the football industries two leading providers of match and player statistics. Along with TSN's own unique independent worldwide player assessments and general information, OPTA and Soccer Association will automatically integrate real time statistics in to our own recently launched databases, adding to our already establish scouting, support centre and academy services.

TSN LEADS THE WAY IN ENGLAND

Middlesbrough have become the latest Premiership club to recognise the comprehensive services TSN provides to its clients. Together with the successful addition of our Worldwide Player Directory and UK only databases, TSN now has 42 contracted English clubs, making it the leading provider of player information within the English professional game.

ONGOING TRAINING FOR TSN SCOUTS

During June and July, TSN ran four highly successful training days at its Birmingham offices for over 40 scouts from around the globe. These sessions were part of our ongoing commitment towards the training of scouts, as we strive to meet the increasing demands of clubs, yet at the same time ensure we maintain the high standards our customers have come to expect.

YEOVIL MANAGER PRAISES TSN

Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade recently sang the praises of The Scouting Network in the Sunday Independent.

"Yeovil Town last season purchased a technology-based scouting system, and this has proved so useful that we have just upgraded in time for this summer and next season. We have had reports from the network on players that we have chased - and that has helped us to build a bigger picture of those individuals. The Scouting Network gives every conceivable detail on every player in England and beyond."

Assistant manager Steve Thompson added, "This system will always be at hand to get all the information that we require about players from outside this club. With this in mind, it has and will continue to be invaluable to us."

To read the full article please click here (article reproduced by kind permission of the Sunday Independent)

TOURNAMENT REVIEWS

Following the successful response to our tournament reports, the Gold Cup 2007 and UEFA Under-21 competition reviews are now completed. TSN now waits for the finish of both the Copa America and FIFA Under-20 tournaments, leaving just the UEFA Under-19 tournament and Nordic Youth Cup to end our busiest summer yet for tournament reviews. These reviews will bring together recommendation lists for each tournament and individual player assessments on well over 1,500 players from all over the globe.

To find out more about how to purchase these documents, please click here.

TSN HELPS THE MAKE-A-WISH CHARITY

Make-A-Wish grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses. The charity was founded in the UK in 1986 and, since then, has granted over 4,200 wishes. Whether a wish is to be a princess or a policeman for a day, or just enjoy some special time away from home with their family, a wish come true brings so much to a child's life and provides memories for the family that last a lifetime.

TSN have been providing football related support for the past six months to this worthwhile charity and is pleased to link up as an official partner.

NEW SCOUTS NEEDED TO MEET GROWING DEMAND

Due to the growing demand from client clubs to utilise our unique worldwide scouting services, The Scouting Network is actively looking to recruit scouts for next season from both within and outside of the UK. Ideally, we will be looking for individuals with previous scouting experience and have sufficient computer skills to transfer their reports directly in to our tailor-made, yet user friendly software package.

To find out more, e-mail Kevin Russell at .

SKY SPORTS NEWS FIND OUT WHAT IS LIKE TO BE A SCOUT

Jeremy Langdon of Sky Sports News visited the TSN offices last month to run a feature on the science of scouting, however, was so intrigued by the professionalism and size of our worldwide scouting operation, he had a go for himself, compiling a four minute piece, which went out hourly to millions of viewers.

NEW STAFF AND OFFICES FOR TSN

During March, TSN have taken on three new members of staff. Paul Bilecki will look after our youth development programme, working closely with Umbro and our Premier League Academy clients. Kevin Russell will take control of the UK Scouting, liasing with our 39 client clubs and 35 scouts. To ensure everything runs smoothly, TSN have employed Samantha Rich, who has vast experience in office management, accounts and secretarial support. TSN also moved in to its own self-contained unit within the picturesque surroundings of 27 Old Gloucester Street, as part of the company expansion.

To find out more about our staff, go to Contact us.

TSN LINK UP WITH UMBRO ON YOUTH PLAYER IDENTIFICATION

The Scouting Network (TSN) has linked up with UMBRO, one of the World's leading Sports Manufacturers, as part of a joint initiative in helping identify talented young UK players, in order to support them with their footballing development.

The partnership will see TSN provide four regional scouts, who will monitor youth football in their areas and feedback their information to UMBRO, via the internet to their own secure and personalised database.

As part of a bigger agreement, TSN scouts worldwide will now be seen wearing UMBRO jackets at games, ending our two year agreement with Errea.

TSN LAUNCHES ITS WORLDWIDE SUPPORT CENTRE

Following the huge success of the UK Support Centre, which has provided confidential information, consultancy and scouting on players, TSN has now formally launched its Worldwide Support Centre in response to demand from its own client clubs worldwide. The team will continue to be run from the Birmingham office, however, will pull together and liase with its extensive contacts worldwide, in our efforts to provide its client clubs with the best possible service.

TSN COVER UNDER-20 TOURNAMENTS IN PARAGUAY AND CONGO

As part of our ongoing support to its client clubs, TSN have had scouts at both Under-20 World Youth Cup Qualifying tournaments, which were held in Paraguay, South America and DR of Congo in Africa. Both tournaments will be held in January 2007 and will have on display some of the best emerging talent on those continents. Concurrently, through late January and February, TSN will be in La Manga, Spain and Algarve, Portugal, providing individual player assessments on all the teams who compete in the International Under-17 and 19 tournaments.

TSN LAUNCHES ITS NEW CONFIDENTIAL RECRUITMENT SERVICE

This month, The Scouting Network will be launching its new recruitment service for professional football clubs, which has been a direct result of our continued servicing of clients needs, however, this time we will be looking to support clubs with the recruitment of key staff.

TSN has reacted quickly to meet the needs of busy chairman and managers within professional football, looking to work with, find, report on and assist in the process of recruiting the following staff:

Manager and Assistant, Coach, Chief Scout, Fitness Coach, Academy Director/Manager, Physiotherapist, Club and Football Secretaries, Managing Director and Chief Executive together with Commercial Directors and Managers.

This confidential service is available to all professional football clubs within the UK, including the Nationwide Conference. To find out more about our recruitment service, please click here.

TSN FINISH FIFTH IN SPORTMOBILE GOLF DAY

On 11th October, TSN took part in the SportMobile open golf day at the Telford Golf and County Club. In drizzle, pouring rain and eventual sunshine, guests Dave Jones (Manager of Cardiff City) and Alan Knill (Manager of Rotherham United) joined Derek Bragg and Tim Henderson of TSN, who managed to finish a creditable fifth out of nineteen. To find out more about our partnership and the services offered by SportMobile, click on their logo below.

To find out more about our partnership and the services offered by SportMobile, go to www.sportmobile.co.uk.

RECORD NUMBERS TAKE CURRENT SOCCER MANAGEMENT AND SCOUTING COURSE

Since the inception of the course last year the numbers taking the Soccer Management and Scouting course has continually increased, culminating this week in a record number of attendees. SMWW and TSN have advertised the course worldwide and there will be students from four different continents taking this particular eight-week online course.

If you would like to find out more about this course, contact .

TSN SCOUTING SERVICES REACH RECORD LEVELS

The Scouting Network produced a record number of assessments in August, providing 132 team assessments and 74 individual player reports for clients throughout the UK and Europe. The games ranged from Internationals right through to Conference football in the UK, plus domestic fixtures in France, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Holland and Spain.

The success of our scouting and consultancy service, via the Support Centre, has enticed 38 clubs throughout the UK and Europe to contract themselves to our unique services.

SOCCER MANAGEMENT AND SCOUTING COURSE

TSN has just taken on its first two scouts, who have progressed through the successful Soccer Management and Scouting course, which is hosted and administered by Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW) in Portland, Oregon. The courses are filled with individuals from all walks of life, enrolling from all over the world, many are just starting out on their footballing journey, and others want to extend their current knowledge of the game, via The Scouting Network's designed course. Following two months of mentoring, Vidar Bjarnasson and KD Lakiss have now been taken on to cover Denmark and the Florida area of the USA for TSN.

To find out more about the course, click on to www.smww.com and look for information on the Soccer Management and Scouting course.

MILLERS MERRY WITH TSN SUPPORT

Rotherham United, a team in administration and starting the season 10 points adrift of everyone else, has turned to The Scouting Network to help them with their scouting and recruitment of players. A recent official website statement from the club praised our efforts during the close season, with Chief Operating Officer, Paul Douglas, commenting, "A lot of clubs have a scouting system that can be very expensive and for a club of our size is beyond our means. So, being able to work with The Scouting Network has been a big plus for us, as the help we have received has been invaluable". Paul concluded, "We are very grateful to The Scouting Network and we hope they continue to point us in the right direction".

For more information on this interview, go to the Rotherham United website.

TSN MOTOR IN TO THE NEW SEASON WITH MERCEDES BENZ

The Scouting Network and Mercedes of Wolverhampton have joined forces, as part of a joint venture, which is aimed to promote both businesses throughout the UK. Our scouts will be seen brandishing the Mercedes of Wolverhampton logo on their new jackets, plus all outgoing reports and circulars to client football clubs. TSN is delighted to be partnered with such a distinguished car company and look forward to a successful relationship.

BIRMINGHAM COUNTY FA LINK UP WITH TSN

The successful Grassroots Administration System has a new backer from the beginning of next season. The Birmingham County Football Association has become the first County FA to actively endorse the product and will help promote the system to not only its Chartered Standard Clubs, but also all of their affiliated member clubs. The software, which has been designed to help Club Secretaries and Coaches, is quickly becoming the standard at Grassroots level.

TSN TO PROVIDE ASSESSMENTS AT PFA EXIT TRIALS

As part of our ongoing relationship with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) and FootballCV.com, The Scouting Network will be sending scouts to the exit trials on Thursday, 13th July 2006, to be held at The Bucks Head ground, home of Telford United Football Club. The aim is to provide a short assessment on each player and a recommendations list, which will follow a similar format taken from our end of tournament reviews.

TSN AND SMWW MEET WITH FIFA

During April 2006, The Scouting Network and Sports Management Worldwide had a constructive first meeting with FIFA at their Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, regarding the promotion and accreditation of the "Soccer Management and Scouting Course". Ralph Strauss, Head of Business Development and New Media at FIFA were impressed with the course content, technology and subsequent interest already in the course worldwide. Further discussions are to continue after the World Cup in Germany.

TSN BREAKS THROUGH IN THE FAR EAST

As The Scouting Network's profile rises in the Far East, a recent article appeared in the main Singapore Paper, The Straits Times. This article has subsequently been taken up by two Football magazines in China and Japan. Following excellent coverage earlier in the year from the UK based Four-Four-Two and Soccer USA, it has directed current and prospective scouts towards our "Soccer Management and Scouting Course", run in conjunction with our partners Sports Management Worldwide. For more information on the Singapore article, click here >>

TSN TO COVER THE TOULON AND UEFA UNDER-21 TOURNAMENTS

As TSN continue to provide valuable player information to client clubs, a team of scouts will be attending the Toulon and UEFA Under-21 tournaments in May 2006. With some of the most promising young talent on show, our comprehensive coverage of every player and game can be purchased for £299 and £399 + VAT respectively. To find out about our other reports, click here >>

TSN SECURES SPONSORSHIP WITH GOALPOKER.COM

The Scouting Network has entered in to an 18 month sponsorship deal with Internet based company GoalPoker.com. As part of the deal, The Scouting Network will provide each month a "Money Can't Buy" prize, which will include day trips to Premiership games, accompanied by one of our scouts, a professionally compiled team assessment on their own team and free subscription to our worldwide on-line Soccer Management and Scouting course. A full joint statement will be announced soon.

ONLINE "SOCCER MANAGEMENT AND SCOUTING COURSE" IS A HIT WORLDWIDE

The Scouting Network, in partnership with US based company Sports Management Worldwide saw the completion of its inaugural course in February, with subsequent courses either fully subscribed or filling up quickly.

Students from as far away as Senegal, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, Nigeria, Portugal, UK and the US have given the course a thumbs up. The feedback from the course has been encouraging, with one student stating "The Soccer Management and Scouting Course was more like receiving on the job training. I will recommend anyone serious about getting into soccer management to enroll for this course. My soccer management consulting company and academy will greatly benefit from what Derek Bragg and fellow students shared with me during the course. Soccer all over the world lacks proper management and every effort must be done for administrators in soccer to attend this fantastic course."

TOURNAMENT REPORTS

The Scouting Network has continued to supply its healthy client base, with tournament reports from the African Cup of Nations in Cairo, La Manga 2006 and the joint Under-17 and 19 tournaments, again held in La Manga. Find out more >>.

NEW SUPPORT CENTRE OPENED

During late November, The Scouting Network opened its very own customer "Support Centre". The "Centre" has been set up to service our clients ever increasing demand for information and scouting of players worldwide. During the recent rush for last minute loans, prior to the January window reopening, the centre provided concurrent support to 19 of our clients. The service has been extremely popular with clubs of all levels, providing them with detailed lists of players for certain positions, knowledge of their availability, their agents and independent scouting assessments.

Many of the forward thinking clubs are already using the "Centre" in preparation for the January window, identifying potential targets along with our trained staff and having them monitored regularly before making a final decision.

For more information on the "Support Centre" and how to use it, contact .

WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN FOR AFRICAN NATIONS

With the World Cup in Germany rapidly approaching, The Scouting Network will be in Egypt from between 20 January till 10 February 2006 for the 25th African Cup of Nations. The very best of African football will be on show, providing us with an ideal opportunity to evaluate players who are likely to figure prominently in this summer's competition. As with previous tournaments, our team of experienced scouts will provide a detailed assessment on every player who plays and compile the most comprehensive report ever.

If you unable to attend, but would like to purchase our Tournament Review, which is priced at £599 + VAT, then contact for more details.

THE SCOUTING NETWORK GOES STATESIDE

During September, The Scouting Network embarked on a new and exciting partnership with Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW), one of the leading US sports marketing companies. The Scouting Network has been asked to use its extensive experience in football/soccer management and scouting to prepare a course that will meet the needs for the increasingly popular market within the US.

EARLY DOORS FOR THE SCOUTING NETWORK

The Scouting Network are delighted to announce the appointment of Early Doors, specialists in Sports Marketing and Communications. Early Doors have a wealth of experience in this area and will look to secure commercial sponsorship for the Grassroots Administration System. Read the full story >>

THE SCOUTING NETWORK GOES "GRASSROOTS"

An incredible 56 clubs have already signed up for The Scouting Network's new Grassroots Administration Product after its launch on 16 July. This fantastic response has come after TSN bought years of their experience at providing information and technology from within the professional game in to the grassroots arena. Read the full story >>

THE SAMBA BEAT THREATENS SVEN

England's dream of winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany will face its biggest threat not from Europe, but from South America and Africa. Those are the key features to emerge from The Scouting Network's summer coverage of the FIFA World Youth Championships and Confederations Cup.

Nigeria's achievement in reaching the World Youth final was a clear indication that the trickle of talent from Africa is becoming a flood, and The Scouting Network's detailed reports on such players has proven very significant to clubs and agencies. Meanwhile, the Confederations Cup final between Brazil and Argentina raised the prospect of a South American side winning the World Cup in Europe for the first time since the young Pele burst onto the scene in 1958.