I messaged Steve as I have been a Referee and a Coach in football for a few years now but wanted a faster and more hands-on route to the top level, as progress in the other 2 lanes is typically quite slow. I was amazed at Steve’s own personal story and knew instantly that I wanted to replicate and even eclipse what he managed in his scouting career.
The speed, insight and general helpfulness that Steve gave pre-course, even before I had handed over any money shows simply that this is more than a business for him; it is a way of life. He has a genuine desire to help people achieve what they can, and even if they do not do the course, he offers insight and time, which is more than can be said for any other course online.
Regarding the course itself, I think the biggest compliment I can pay it is that it feels self-catering. Steve is always just a message or email away, but the documentation provided, partnered with the seminars you get sent gives you the confidence and knowledge to give it a go regardless! Steve always pushes me regarding feedback, even if the report is good, he will always make me ask myself ‘How can I make this better?’ which allows me to further my own knowledge of the game.
Moreover, the course also offers immense opportunities, from scouting live one-off games for EFL Clubs, to Hospitality Experiences at greatly reduced prices, to even recommending scouts to professional football clubs. With FSW, the possibilities in football are endless, and I’m seeing first hand the rapid growth that is taking place.
Despite me only being 18 and a fairly novice scout, Steve put his faith into me by recommending me to FC Twente ahead of the new season. I fundamentally believe that FSW will continue to give me opportunities that will shape my life forever. I am proud to say I am a course attendee of Football Scouting Worldwide, but I am more honoured to say I have been taught, mentored and guided by Steve Simmons, who, in a world full of selfishness, prides himself on generosity, kindness and – in the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger – Giving Something Back.