Over the Pond: Coaching Soccer in Canada
Football Careers Head of Web Content, Iain King, moved to Canada in 2017 with a UEFA A Licence and two Scottish Lowland League trophies as a Head Coach as his key currency. Iain has gone on to forge an exciting new life and career in his adopted homeland. He is now a permanent resident of Canada who has prospered in various roles in Toronto, Halifax, and the beautiful island of Cape Breton.
This is his story, told in the first instalment of our Over the Pond blog series.
By Iain King
Six years ago, I walked up a snow-covered Toronto avenue with a head full of dreams and a stomach full of nerves.
My 50th birthday was looming and I had taken the plunge to emigrate to Canada and throw myself into my new post as Technical Coach with North Toronto Nitros. It was a huge step.
Looking back now, I feel my success in landing a full-time football role in Canada was a mixture of planning, education and luck.
The seeds of planning my Canadian adventure were planted the day after I was sacked as Chief Executive Officer of Scottish League One club Airdrieonians. After a successful career in sports journalism, this was the first time I had been told by an employer that I had failed. It hurt deeply.
I was reeling. Mentally, I was in a dark place: my confidence was battered and I was worried sick about my future. I needed a fresh start. On long walks with my faithful Cocker Spaniel, Crunchie, I started to get my head straight. What next?