(Director/Head of Operations)

After qualifying from Ernst & Young as a professional Chartered accountant, David followed his passion and dream into the world of football. He set up a unique sports travel business, which enabled all children regardless of age or ability to experience top class academy coaching with the likes of premier league giants Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea to name but a few and European renowned academies like Sporting Lisbon and Barcelona.

In 2011 his company brought Albert Benaiges the world famous Barcelona academy technical director to Ireland. They had over 350 coaches from around the world attend the coaching clinic in the 5 Star sports resort in Carton House to learn from the European Elite God father. Over a 19 year spell at Barcelona Albert was responsible for bringing through Xavi, Iniesta, Messi and Puyol as well as a host of other top talents.

Due to his extensive contacts in the game David has has qualified as a FIFA licensed match and player agent representing some of Ireland’s top youth players and has brokered numerous deals for players at Liverpool, West Brom, Fulham, Sheffield United, Ipswich, Preston North End and Coventry too name but a few.

A message from David:

From the first moment I stepped into Carrington it was always my dream to set up a professional academy in Ireland. After coaching for a number of years I always felt we produced an incredible amount of players considering the poor standard of coaching across the country. I initially came into contact with Colm Barron while on the UEFA B course and then later on when he was the coach of a number of players I currently represent in the UK. His willingness to learn and develop youth players was the key ingredient to make this academy a success.


(Director/Head Coach)

Colm has extensive knowledge in Long Term Athlete development. With a Diploma in Sports Management and a Degree in Sports and Exercise Soccer Colm focussed his time in college studying the key development areas specific to football in young professional players.

Colm is a UEFA B license coach and is a license holder and Tutor with Premier Skills Soccer. He obtained his tutors licence under the guidance of Roger Wilkinson (former coach at Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion and former director of coaching for the New Zealand Football Association) and John Cartwright former Technical Director for the English PFA and Academy Director at Crystal Palace.

He has spent the last six years as a head coach working with young Elite Irish players. His focus as a coach has been to help nurture the talents of young Irish players, primarily focusing on the individuals first (six to eleven) technical skills, cognitive skills, and game understanding) before later educating the players on their physical development, tactical understanding/game intelligence, individual roles within the team and group responsibilities (mental) as well as psychological elements of the game such as short and long term goal setting and imagery. Colm has worked in the early development years with many current under age Irish Internationals and professional players (Jack Byrne Manchester City, Alex O’Hanlon Liverpool, Owen Stokes Leeds United, Anthony Breslin Wolverhampton Wanderers, Anthony Dolan & Shane Elworthy Fulham , Graham Kelly Sheffield United) to name but a few.

Colm has recently spent time in Football Salou with Albert Vinas studying the European Elite Tecnifutbol philosophy and methodology. He will head off the coaching program in Ireland, and in conjunction with Albert they endeavour to help develop young Irish and International players through educating them in the key elements of the professional game from the earliest age.

Sergio Hidalgo

(Lead Coach)

Sergio is a UEFA A License coach from Vila-seca, Tarragona. He has experience working with teams from Spain like U.E Lleida and C.F. Vila-seca. Futhermore, he has been working in Kuwait as a coordinator and head coach in Vision Soccer Academy for two seasons. Sergio has attained a Degree in Sports Science, graduating in 2012 at the University of Lleida, Spain. He has also attained a degree in Primary School Teacher specialization in Physical Education, graduating in 2013 at the European University of Madrid, Spain. Sergio is currently living in Ireland on a full time basis as a football coach for European Elite Soccer.


(Part time coach)

Daniel is a UEFA B license holder and is currently studying Sport and Exercise soccer in IT Carlow in addition he has achieved an advanced certificate in Association football. Daniel is also a qualified Gym Instructor and has partaken in courses on Strength and Conditioning and Plyometric training. He has coached for 3+ years with schoolboy clubs in Dublin aged 6 – 15 years old. Daniel has spent time in Futbol Salou where he worked alongside the Tecnifutbol Pro Licence coaches, observing and studying the European Elite coaching philosophy and methodology. He has also undergone coach education in Ireland under the guidance of Director of Football Colm Barron and the Spanish Pro Licence coaches.


(Part time coach)

John is a UEFA B license holder and is currently studying a BA (Honours) in Sports Management & Coaching in IT Carlow.  John is also qualified in our training methodology SmartFootball up to Level 1. Along with his qualifications John has experience coaching in the USA and Spain and is well experienced working within Irish Schoolboy football over the last 5 years working within the NDSL academy and the Carlow Schoolboys league.