starOUR PROMISE TO YOU

There are no guarantees, but we want you to succeed in reaching the first stage in becoming a professional footballer which is to be recognised and put forward for professional club trials. We promise to give you the best possible pathway in achieving this and becoming a better player through our structured player assessment reports (aligned with the PFSA professional football scout’s association), school of excellence and mentoring programmes.

starDIRECTOR PROFILES

DARREN BARNARD

Founder/Director

Darren is a former Wales International footballer.

As a young grassroots player with Wokingham Town, Darren
had unsuccessful trials at Portsmouth FC and Aston Villa FC then between the ages of 14–16, Darren had spells with Southampton FC and Tottenham Hotspurs FC, but did not secure a contract. The rejection did not deter Darren and instead drove him to work harder and whilst playing in the Conference National League at just 16 years of age, Darren was scouted by Chelsea FC at 18 years of age who recognised and noted significant improvements in his game and awarded him with a professional contract. Darren and his father dedicated countless hours to improve his ability and the hard work paid off.

Darren amassed over 600 games in his playing career spanning 17 years, scoring over 100 goals, in the Premier League with Chelsea FC and Barnsley FC as well as playing in the EFL for Reading FC, Bristol City FC and Grimsby Town FC before finishing his career in the Conference National for Aldershot Town FC. Whilst playing at Barnsley FC, Darren did this…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UdBOgZPHLw

Darren is an experienced and respected football professional with an extensive knowledge of proven coaching methods accrued through a long and successful playing career, involving various coaching assignments and a dedication to personal development to which Darren holds a UEFA A Licence. A recognised coach for 14 years from Academy to Grassroots football, Darren also had two spells in India as Head Coach.

“Alongside my fellow and experienced Directors, I created Euro Pro Football Ltd as I have a passion and desire to pass on my knowledge to the future generation. I am highly motivated with a vision to develop and improve players to fulfil their potential. Euro Pro Football Ltd is designed to help Grassroots players looking to make the step up into Pro Academy Football and beyond. WE ARE DIFFERENT!! The reason we are different is because we genuinely care about you as a player and your development. During our trials, every player is assessed and instead of the trial being the end, it’s only the beginning. We will devise a development programme to help players improve (where necessary) to hopefully meet the required standards of Professional Clubs. Mentoring is another service we can provide but through hard work and dedication who knows where it will lead!”

CARLO DI MANNO

Founder/CEO

Carlo’s professional and competitive footballing journey was cut short by injury when he was just 16 years of age. Rejected by Chelsea FC following initial trials at 12 years of age, Carlo worked extremely hard on various aspects of his game and was subsequently scouted by Southampton FC 2 years later. Prevented from fulfilling his dream, Carlo went on to take his coaching badges and is a PFSA (professional football scouts association) assessor. Carlo has held many key positions in different industry sectors including Leisure and Sport at Director and CEO level. Carlo is highly respected for delivering innovative and inspirational concepts and subscribes heavily towards the service ethic.

“Not all young footballers succeed at the first attempt. With the right attitude, work rate and commitment, you can accomplish your goals. At Euro Pro Football, we are committed to ensuring that you are given the best available opportunity to showcase your talent in front of our PFSA approved assessors working on behalf of professional football clubs and for you to develop your ability to succeed through our structured and individualised player assessment programmes. Enjoy the experience and your journey as a footballer.”

PAUL SCANLON

Founder/Director

Paul is highly respected for ‘spotting talent.’

Despite unsuccessful trials at Arsenal FC and Brentford FC, Paul represented various clubs at Semi Professional level and has a sound knowledge of the game and required levels to be a successful footballer.

Paul is extremely passionate about football and coaches/advises clubs at grass roots level with a strong bias towards development and success.

“Rejection is common place in football. Coupled with the rejection is the lack of feedback players/parents receive. They may be told a certain element of their game is not good enough but not told how to develop and improve it.

“I truly believe that if a player is given the correct guidance and the tools to improve their game we can help them develop into the best player they can be, whether that be semi-professional or scoring wonder goals in the Premier League”