Raymond Ford has been a full time Director of Coaching for the last six years across America. Before that, he was a Physical Education specialist and Director of Athletic Departments in UK High Schools for over 10 years. From a young age, Raymond was ‘football mad’, soccer crazy, and played everyday he could. He even had the pleasure of meeting Bobby Charlton several times at his Summer Soccer School (camp).
Ray combined his High School studies with opportunities to play for Stoke City, Stockport County, Leicester City, and Scarborough. He was voted "Sports Personality" at graduation from High school. During his time at Glasgow University, he combined playing 1st team soccer with coaching for Glasgow City and the Scottish Football Association. Ray played for Stenhousemuir & East Fife in the reserve league of Scotland and the 1st round of the Scottish Cup.
"I was lucky enough to win a college tournament in Mons Belgium and an undefeated tour of the far east; Beating professional teams and colleges in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia."
Once Ray became a PE teacher in the UK, he gained his UEFA B License with the SFA. He regularly visited various parts of America to coach summer camps and loved the fun on camps with players of all abilities. During one such visit, he gained his NSCAA National Diploma. Ray also worked for Leicester City as a scout and Academy coach where some boys went on to play at the professional level.
"I have taken school trips skiing in Europe and America, outdoor pursuiting in Snowdonia (Wales) and the Scottish Highlands, soccer tours to Malta, water sports activities in France during World Cup 1998. Best of all these, I organized a school soccer trip for 64 pupils and 8 staff to Barcalona FC, Spain. The boys and girl’s soccer teams had an excellent educational and cultural experience."