DIRECTOR PROFILES

Darren Barnard

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, 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 total. Darren played 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…………………

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 Grassroots to Academy 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!”

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