Austin MacPhee is the Founder and Chief Executive of AM Sports Tours. Austin has guided AM Sports Tours from start-up to where it sits now as a global player in the sports tours sector. Austin has pioneered the World Cup/Euro Cup Academy concept which gave over 600 young people the opportunity to participate in the Brazil 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 Academy, and hundreds of others the chance to go to World Cups in South Africa and Canada and European Championships in Ukraine and France. Under his leadership the company now has a global presence, with clients in every continent and offices in Europe, Australasia and America.
Austin has managed to grow the business in conjunction with his coaching career. In December 2016, his coaching career took a further step forward, becoming the assistant manager at Hearts of Midlothian in the Scottish Premiership. He also ties this together with his position as assistant coach of the Northern Ireland National Team where he played a pivotal role in the Nations qualification and subsequent progression to the finals of Euro 2016 in France.
Austin's other passion is AMsoccer Club, a youth football club which he founded 8 years ago and is widely recognised as Scotland's best, having graduated 18 pro players, five in the National Programme and three invited on trial with FC Barcelona. The club recently saw its first senior professional player and also its first player to gain a soccer scholarship in the USA. The Club has now achieved "Legacy" status with the Scottish Football Association. Austin's professional playing career took him from Scotland to USA, Romania and Japan. He is a UEFA "A" Licence coach, holds a degree in Psychology and English from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and speaks Japanese having studied at Meijo University during his time in Japan as a footballer.
Austin's two main passions, football and travel, are the catalyst for AM Sports Tours and everything it does. The business maintains the personal touch with all clients, many of whom have become friends with the AM Sports Tours staff who have delivered their trip-of-a-lifetime. The business has won a number of awards including the Shell and RBS Business awards.