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Team Taca

Niall Quinn

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In today’s episode, James speaks with Niall Quinn, an Irish former professional footballer who played top-flight football for Arsenal, Manchester City, and Sunderland. With 92 caps, Niall stands as Ireland’s second-highest goalscorer of all time. He has also served as a football manager, sports television pundit at Sky Sports for over a decade, and as an interim Deputy CEO of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).

With many accomplishments to his name, he is also the founder and president of Team Taca, a private podcast that collaborates with youth soccer clubs to produce world-class private and localised club podcasts, offering content that educates, inspires, and empowers the next generation of youth athletes. Niall and James dissect the pay-to-play model dominating U.S. soccer landscapes, scrutinising its impact on the sport’s evolution while emphasising how mindful communication through podcasting can greatly influence the mental health and overall well-being of young athletes.

In a nutshell, they speak about:

  • The dynamics of the modern business side of sports
  • The challenging pattern he observed in clubs and his strategy to alleviate tension with fee-paying parents
  • How they implement their model to serve both children and their parents
  • Insights on how to handle situations where your child’s performance may not have shined brightly
  • Notable professional footballers who emerged from their youth teams
  • The importance of instilling work ethics in young players
  • How they aim to inspire, empower, educate, and cultivate good habits in youth athletes for only 50 cents per podcast per kid

 

…and so much more!

2:13

I spent the pandemic year working for the National Association, and an opportunity came up to come and speak for soccer.com
2:13

3:51

So we’re a podcast as a service company, which is a private podcast for each club.
3:51

:06

What we try and ask the club hosts to do is instil the club’s values into the homes.
:06

8:40

It’s not just for football, but it’s for life, and making young people resilient and learning from the football pitch.
8:40

12:00

The perfect world for us would be that on the way to and from training, Mum or Dad, or whoever is bringing the kids to training, listen to it in the car.
12:00

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