One of Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's top coaches has spent the weekend honing his skills alongside some of the top names to have graced the past few decades of British football.
Darren Finch, the Trust's senior football development officer, was in Belfast for a UEFA A / Pro Licence and CPD event to renew his UEFA A Licence qualification, and was joined by former Rovers stars Benni McCarthy and Ian Pearce.
Other notable names at the Stranmillis University College event included professional stars Harry Kewell, Gaizka Mendieta, Jonas Gutierrez, Alan Thompson, Shola Ameobi and Martin Paterson, as well as renowned Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague.
The group of coaches, who were seeking to attain or refresh UEFA's top two coaching licences, were involved in a series of practical and psychology sessions, delivered by top Premier League coaches.
Finch, who holds over 30 coaching qualifications from different awarding bodies around the world, said that he took great benefits from the event, which he hopes can help him to achieve UEFA Pro Licence status - the highest position a coach can hold in this continent.
"It was a quality weekend amongst some great company and I took a lot from it, including some new ways of looking at the game and a variety of transferable skills," he explained.
"Taking part in this kind of weekend ensures that I can renew my UEFA A Licence for another three years, and the hope is that I can eventually get back onto the UEFA Pro Licence course - which is by invitation only - after having to put it on hold a few years ago.
"The benefit to the Trust is that I come back with new ideas that I can put into practice when I'm coaching, and also help to give something back to the other coaches here by giving them new hints and tips to improve everything we do on a daily basis."
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust currently offer around 40 different programmes across sports coaching, participation and education, with Finch at the forefront of the Trust's coaching development.