Terry Barton

A passionate advocate of technology in all walks of life, Terry has worked in sports technology businesses for nearly 16 years. During this time he has worked closely with many professional football clubs in the UK and further afield to help design and implement player performance monitoring and analysis systems, creating seamless workflows with complementary hardware and software. In his spare time, he coaches his son’s U8 football team and he is constantly looking for ways to make improve the learning experience in football. At The Coaching Manual he has been part of a team who have created the world’s biggest independent football coaching resource.

Vince Ganzberg

Vince was the Project Director for the development of US Soccer’s Online ‘F’ Course  which attracted over 20,000 in the first six months of its launch in February 2015. He has since moved to a new position at Learning. Vince will outline developments in online coach education in the USA


Robin Russell

Robin Russell was born in Denmark of Scottish parents,qualified as a teacher and played semi- professional before joining the English FA in 1978 as a Regional Coach, then Assistant Director of Coaching in 1989


In the 1980’s he was involved in the FA National School, established the FA’s Grassroots Program and introduced the  UEFA Coach Education Courses in England in 1996

From 1997 he was Technical Coordinator responsible for the creation of the FA Coaches Association, the introduction of Mini- Soccer,  FA Learning Ltd. and with the FA’s Technical Director, Howard Wilkinson the creation of the Academy System.


Robin left fulltime employment with the FA in 2005 to become UEFA Football Development Consultant and start his own business in e-learning in football (www.SportsPath.com )


For UEFA he has advised on Grassroots Football, developed e-learning courses and contributed to the www.uefa.com/trainingground website


He has also acted as a consultant on e-learning, coach education and football development projects with FIFA, CONCACAF, AFC, for a numbers National Associations and clubs including Southampton FC and Shakhtar Donetsk. With Howard Wilkinson he founded the LMA School of Football Management online courses to which over 3,000 coaches have enrolled from over 50 countries


Richard Grootscholten

A Dutch football coach with over 30 years of experience in Youth Player Development. Richard ran the academy of Sparta Rotterdam, one of the most important youth development centres in the Netherlands and the first Academy in the country that integrated online tools into the Player Development process, an innovation that helped it win the most prestigious Youth Academy Award in the country– the Rinus Michels Award for Best Dutch Academy. Richard went on to guide and/or manage the youth development process at Academies in developing football countries; Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS, KGHM Zaglebie Lubin in Poland and Kuban Krasnodar in Russia. Richard has also worked closely with the KNVB (Dutch Football Association) in creating nationwide youth development and management systems.


Jamie Houchen

Jamie is currently working on joint UEFA/AFC Football Development Programs in the Gulf States and will share his experiences of using the web to support coach and player development in Europe and Asia

Dr. Lee Hancock

Lee is a former college and semi-professional player now a coach.  He is also an Education and Sport Psychology Consultant to various professional organizations and Professor at California State University and is the Educational Adviser for the LA Galaxy. He will outline the newly opened ‘ LA Galaxy  Blended Learning Environment’ a unique online/blended learning program which incorporates an innovative  web support system for technical, academic, personal and social aspects of the academy players development at the LA Galaxy


Dr David Carr

Dave devised the first online Masters Degree course in Soccer coaching in 2013. Since then over 200 students have enrolled on this course. Dave is a National staff coach for the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA).Dave will outline the possibilities and potential of post graduate online degree courses in soccer coaching

David Powderly

A teacher in South London who is also a coach at the successful Charlton Athletic FC Academy. David   holds the UEFA ‘B’ Licence and is currently studying for his UEFA A Licence with The English FA. He has developed an expertise in using drones to video players training and in games and to use these video clips to support the learning of young players at the Charlton Athletic Academy. David is particularly using the drone to improve player understanding especially in relation to the transition of 9v9 and 11v11 at 11/12 years of age. The drone provides video of players training and playing from new angles to assist their game understanding. He is also using the drone to create a database, of patterns of play, positional play that represent the methodology and philosophy of Charlton Football Club

Chris Sharman

Challenger Sports are the largest soccer camp operator in USA and Canada and have soccer educational progammes for over 200,000 children in 8 countries. They employ almost 2,000 coaches annually. Chris will outline at the Conference the bespoke e-learning platform Challenger Sports have developed to support the selection, training and continued professional development of this coaching workforce. Chris presentation will be of particular benefit in showing how  Clubs, Associations and commercial providers can use the web to support their face to face training of coaches and players