Pro Direct Soccer Academy Sussex - Regional Director
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Del has worked as a technical coach for over 8 years and is recognised as one of the leading technical coaches in the UK, he has worked throughout the UK and Europe presenting coaching clinics and seminars to Football Clubs, Coaches, Parents and Players.
Del has recently become one of the Co-Founders and UK Director of the Pro Direct Soccer Academy having worked previously with a worldwide technical coaching programme, he has used these skills and knowledge to help create one of the most innovative and exciting coaching programmes for coaches and players in the UK and Europe. He holds his FA Level 1, 2 and 3 ‘UEFA B’ Coaching badges, FA First Aid and Level 1 for Treatment of Sports Injuries, Child Psychology level 1 and has a current CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) Disclosure form. He is also a member of FACA (Football Association Coaches Association).
Del is a big Aston Villa fan and likes the current crop of young players coming through at the club as they possess good technical ability and speed on and off the ball. He is also an admirer of Arsenal playmaker Cesc Fabregas who he describes as one of the best players he has seen live, quoting “The way he receives the ball with his 1st touch, body position and vision is the best example of a midfield player today and someone young British players can learn a lot from” and Diego Maradona who for him was the best player he has ever seen play the game, “Obviously there are negatives to Maradona, but I have never seen one player have such an influence on a team as Maradona did at the 1986 World Cup. Some of the things that he did in that tournament with the ball at his feet not his hand, was truly mesmerising and made me want to go out and try and replicate what i had seen down the local park”.
Del’s philosophy to coaching is “Every player is different, they learn, grow and develop at different rates and it is important for a coach to recognise that and to find the right classes for those players to develop. It is important to create the individuals, with good skills and technique to beat players, create space and give them more time on the ball and be comfortable with the ball at their feet and then coach them about game play (tactics, positioning and formations). LEARN-PLAY-ACHIEVE.