The Da Vinci Initiative - Queen's Park in Spain 2014
Images of Spain 2014
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 also aims to broaden their education by allowing them to sample other countries’ cultures at first hand.
Our involvement this year will see the Queen's Park youngsters, along with members of the youth coaching team and other backroom staff, taking part in a two-week training camp at the Oliva Nova complex (pictured left). While in the Valencia region they also undertook some cultural visits - making good use of the Spanish lessons they were given in preparation for the trip.
It's the fifth year running that the club has been successful in its application for a place on the highly sought-after scheme - a remarkable achievement as the project is usually restricted to full-time professional clubs.
The Da Vinci Initiative has become a vital element in our youth development programme, as can be seen from just a few of the names from previous trips.
Among those who have graduated from the camp to the First XI are Lee Davison, Blair Spittal, Paul Gallacher, Blair Lochhead, Conor McVey and Scott Gibson.
That list has now been joined by Thomas Collins, who grabbed the winner in our recent victory over Clyde. He was in Spain with last year's Da Vinci party.
It's also worth remembering that newScotland International Andy Robertson took part in a Da Vinci camp at Turkey with Queen's before leaving in the summer.
A special interview with Andy has now been added to this site, along with an in-depth discussion with Head of Youth, David McCallum. Read their thoughts in the "Honours Graduates" section.