European Elite Soccer is an energizing company whose primary aim is to develop players and coaches through educating them in the European Elite philosophy and methodology. The company is founded By David Berber and Colm Barron, both of whom have extensive knowledge of Irish schoolboy football and the deficiencies within.
Our vision is to offer a professional service to players and coaches in Ireland and internationally with a willingness to expand their footballing knowledge. The foundations of European Elite Soccer are built on the close relationship with the visionary Albert Vinas and the Catalan FA.
Albert has been Director of European Elite Courses for ten years. Having held the title of head tutor of the European Elite Courses for twenty years Albert Vinas has educated many well renowned coaches such as Tito Villanova (ex FC Barcelona), Oscar Perarnau (RCD Espanyol) and Rodolfo Borrell (Manchester City Global Technical Director) and worked with players such as Sergi Roberto (FC Barcelona), Isaac Cuenca (Deportivo La Coruna), Marc Bartra (FC Barcelona).
The philosophy and coaching methodology which is followed by Albert’s Technifutbol Pro Licence Coaches in Catalonia, is the work that European Elite Soccer will bring to Ireland. We will do this through the education of Irish coaches, the introduction of pro licence European Elite coaches to Ireland, coaching workshops, player development camps, elite academies, junior academies, and player placement services.
Our academy program is designed to enhance the abilities of young aspiring football players. Players will work with three or four different UEFA qualified coaches per session, each one devoted to developing the all round player. The players will engage on a development pathway under the Smart Football methodology.
With Smart Football we base all our training on the brain using perception, information processing, decision-making and the ability to execute every minute of the training. We have the ball and the decision-making process present in our minds 100% of our training-session time. In other words we don’t want our players to switch off their brain during the exercises but our goal is to build experienced players at as young an age as possible.
It is known that the more decisions you make, the better you get at making that one thing, deciding. Studies and brain scanners have shown that old players and professionals from other work sectors that have used a lot of decision-making have more of a fat called myelin in their brain. Myelin is a protein that covers the connections between the neurons. The more myelin you have, the faster the information travels between the neurons. It can be compared to an electric cable surrounding our brain neurons, the thicker, the faster, the better.
(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 Irelands 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.
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 Utd) to name but a few.
Colm has recently spent time in Football Salou with Albert Vinas studying the European 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.