The Go-Pro Team current line up is comprised of all ex UK professional players including, and lead by Ex Manchester United player and UEFA B coach, Go-Pro Academy Director, Kirk Hilton.
KIRK HILTON, ACADEMY DIRECTOR
Ex-Manchester United player and UEFA licensed coach Kirk Hilton came through the most successful club academy in the world. With the likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and the Neville brothers, he was a part of the famed Manchester United production line that produced the most dazzling array of talent.
After signing a professional contract at the club, manager Sir Alex Ferguson loaned Kirk out to Royal Antwerp for a season to gain league experience, where he played a massive part in their success. Kirk returned to the UK when an injury ended his budding Manchester United career, however he went onto play in a successful Blackpool team. Although learning from a huge variety of top managers and coaches he was unfortunately plagued by serious injury and eventually forced to retire in his prime.
Kirk’s love for the game endured and coaching became his prime focus, passing on his own experience and also methods from some of the best coaches of one of the most successful clubs in our time.
Kirk holds the UEFA B license
JORDAN BENT, FOOTBALL COACH
Jordan is a qualified FA qualified coach with several years’ training and playing experience behind him. Having started his football career with Preston North End with a full time football scholarship, Jordan not only developed his training skills, but was also tasked with looking after the senior professional players requirements and mentoring the younger players joining the club.
In 2012 at the age of 18, Jordan assumed the role of part time coach at Preston North End FC Academy, where he was responsible for running the U8’s program and also involved in the technical development of the 5 -15 year olds program.
In 2016 Jordan made the move to Dubai, working with Middle East Youth Soccer, where he managed the U12’s program and was responsible for the development of programs for mixed ability players ranging from 4-16 years old.
Jordan holds the FA Level 2 license.
JONNY BLAKE, FOOTBALL COACH
Jonny is not only a UEFA B qualified coach but also an ex UK Pro having come through the ranks from the age of 8 years old at Carlisle United and went onto enjoy two seasons in the Premier League before moving into coaching.
Jonny brings to the Go-Pro Team a wealth of both playing and training experience from Carlisle United Centre of Excellence in Cumbria, UK.
Jonny holds a degree in Physical Education from Cumbria University and specialises in not only developing school programs for children aged 4-16 years but also delivery and coaching to ensure that our programs meet the needs of students who have a range of skill sets and ability, ensuring each and everyone of them not only enjoys the session but also achieves to the best of their ability.
Jonny holds the UEFA B licence
MATT CARR, FOOTBALL COACH
Matt is an ex UK professional player hailing from the Manchester area of the UK with extensive experience playing in the UK Premier League. Having played with Bury FC, Bolton Wanderers FC, and Oldham Athletic from 2008 before moving into coaching in 2014. Matt brings to Go-Pro his wide experience of what it takes to become a Pro player and we look forward to him transferring his invaluable knowledge to our players!
Matt also ran a successful Futsal Academy in Bolton, United Kingdom and is also a specialised Goalkeeper coach and we look forward to introducing his skillset to the Go-Pro team in September 2019
Matt holds the UEFA B licence