Queen's Park and the Da Vinci Initiative

What is the Da Vinci Initiative?

 

Funded by the European Community, and administered in Scotland by the SFA, the Initiative aims to offer young footballers a gateway to a career in the game. 

It offers an annual two-week training camp in a variety of European countries, and also aims to broaden the young players’ education by allowing them to sample other countries’ cultures at first hand. 

It’s normally restricted to full-time professional clubs, but Queen’s Park has been successful in obtaining a place on the project every year since 2010 - a testament to the quality of the youth programme at the club. We will again be taking part in 2015, heading back to the Spanish base we enjoyed earlier this year.

The Da Vinci Initiative has become a vital element in Queen’s Park’s youth development programme, with many youngsters graduating to the first time on their return from Da Vinci training camps.

It's also worth noting that new Scotland International Andy Robertson took part in a Da Vinci camp at Turkey with Queen's before going on to play in the Scottish Premier League and lately the English Premiership with Hull City.

An interview with Andy can be found on this site, along with an in-depth discussion with Head of Youth, David McCallum. Read their thoughts in the "Honours Graduates" section.

In 2014, a Queen's Park Da Vinci group enjoyed a two-week training camp at the Oliva Nova hotel complex near Valencia. Our Head of Youth, David McCallum, produced a detailed report on the camp, and it can be accessed through the flipbook on the right.

Just click on the image to read the full report online, simply clicking to turn the pages. 

Video blogs from the camp can be viewed through the link at the top of the page. A selection of still images from the trip is available through the picture gallery below.


Images of Spain 2014