Ben Illingworth (UK)
Ben has over 20 years of working within English Premier League Football, with fifteen years at Director level. He has a wealth of knowledge of the English Premier League Academy system, being instrumental in leading his club to category 1 status – the highest level of elite football academy in English football. In addition he has vast experience of overseeing all logistics of European professional football pre-season tours and is the former co-founder of a sports travel and marketing company.
Mike Kelleher (USA)
Mike is our US based director, also with over 20 years of experience working within football on both sides of the Atlantic. He currently serves as President of a US professional soccer club. Prior to relocating to the US, Mike assisted the English Premier League’s Director of Youth in implementing the Academy system for elite players. He has previously served as Chief Operating officer for a Sports Management company overseeing multiple tours to Europe from North America, Australia and Asia. He has a USSF A’ License coaching qualification and a Sport Management Masters Degree from the University of Tennessee.
Director of Coaching Pro Eleven Sport
Danny’s background is highly impressive. He is a UEFA-A licensed coach and holds the full FA Youth Coaching Award and is currently Head Coach for Bolton Wanderers International Football Programme.
Danny has over 12 years of successful coaching experience of both boys and girls, with the last ten years spent in and around professional clubs from the English Premiership, Championship, and Leagues One and Two.
Danny’s achievements cover periods of scouting for leading Clubs from the English Premiership including Everton FC, coaching at Rochdale AFC Academy concentrating on the U15 squad and working at the Manchester United Soccer School.
In addition, Danny is also the Head Coach for the International Football Programme at Bolton Wanderers Football Club in the UK where he works across various age groups within the Youth Academy, he has also been appointed to the role of Technical Director of a private Academy in India.
Danny has worked with many young aspiring footballers who have progressed and now play professional football including International level, not only in England but throughout the world including countries such as South Africa, Sweden, America and Colombia.
Throughout his coaching career Danny has continuously worked with young players of both sexes to develop and create their skills so they can progress and be successful at all levels.
Danny has gained vast experience of delivering tours to overseas teams visiting the UK ensuring we give a unique and professional experience to all levels of players. His unique experience of overseeing multiple coaching programmes both in the UK and overseas gives players the opportunity to gain valuable educational development both on and off the pitch which is so important at any stage of their development.
With Danny overseeing operations at Pro 11 Sport we are confident that an unforgettable tour awaits players of both sexes and of all ages.
Kath oversees our chaperones and on-ground logistics in the UK. She holds a teaching degree and has many years of experience caring for children of all ages, in addition to owning and operating a pre-school. She is also a mother of three, the youngest of which is a recent graduate of the University of Florida. Furthermore she was formerly a customer-relations specialist with IBM for thirteen years and understands the needs of customer satisfaction.
Michelle is our US based European Tour Specialist, she has recently concluded a nine year Division 1 college soccer coaching career, that saw her coach at such programs as College of Charleston, Long Island University and University of South Carolina Upstate. A former NCAA student athlete, she recently completed her Masters of Teaching degree in secondary education, enabling her to teach at the middle and high school level. She also has a Sport Management Masters Degree from Liberty University.
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