Austin has guided MGR Sports Tours from start-up to where it sits now as a global player in the sports tours sector. Austin and his team pioneered the World Cup/Euro Cup Academy concept which gave over 1600 people the opportunity to participate in events during the 2010 & 2014 World Cup's, 2015 & 2019 Women's World Cup's, and Euro 2012 & 2016. Under his leadership , the company now has a strong and established global presence.
Austin has managed to grow the business in conjunction with his coaching career. He has held numerous coaching roles in professional football and is currently a Specialist Coach for Aston Villa in the English Premier League. He also ties this together with his position as assistant coach of the Scotland National Team where he was appointed after a successful period with 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 football club which he founded in 2006 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 has seen a number of players graduate to senior professionals and also four players 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 MGR Sports Tours and everything it does. The business maintains the personal touch with all clients, many of whom have become friends with the MGR 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.
Due to Austin's rising success in his professional coaching roles, his team of experienced staff have taken the reigns and are continuing to develop and grow MGR Sports Tours in the global market.