Meet the team

DANNY CLARKE

Director of Coaching

Danny is a UEFA -A licensed coach, holds the full FA Youth Award and is also the Head Coach for Bolton Wanderers International Football Programme and has spent over 10 years in and around professional clubs. Danny has worked with many young aspiring footballers who have progressed and now play professional football including International level, not only in England but throughout the world including countries such as South Africa, Sweden, America and Colombia along with overseeing multiple coaching programmes around the globe. Danny will make your tour unique and memorable with his wealth of experience of delivering bespoke packages tailored to meet your needs both on and off the pitch.

Contact Danny: danny@proes.co.uk

BEN ILLINGWORTH

UK Director

Ben has over 20 years of working within English Premier League Football, with fifteen years at Director level. He has a wealth of knowledge of the English Premier League Academy system, being instrumental in leading his club to category 1 status – the highest level of elite football academy in English football. In addition he has vast experience of overseeing all logistics of European professional football pre-season tours and is the former co-founder of a sports travel and marketing company.

Contact Ben: ben@proes.co.uk

MIKE KELLEHER

USA Director

Mike is our US based director, also with over 20 years of experience working within football on both sides of the Atlantic. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of a US professional soccer club. Prior to relocating to the US, Mike assisted the English Premier League’s Director of Youth in implementing the Academy system for elite players. He has previously served as Chief Operating Officer for a Sports Management company overseeing multiple tours to Europe from North America, Australia and Asia. He has a USSF A’ License coaching qualification and a Sport Management Masters Degree from the University of Tennessee.

Contact Mike: mike@proes.co.uk

PAUL ALDRIDGE

UK Director

Paul is a vastly experienced football club executive. Having held board positions at West Ham United, Leicester City, Manchester City and Sheffield Wednesday, his most recent role was UK advisor to Olmpique Marseille.

Contact Paul: paul@proes.co.uk

KATH ILLINGWORTH

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Kath oversees our chaperones and on-ground logistics in the UK. She holds a teaching degree and has many years of experience caring for children of all ages, in addition to owning and operating a pre-school. She is also a mother of three, the youngest of which is a recent graduate of the University of Florida. Furthermore she was formerly a customer-relations specialist with IBM for thirteen years and understands the needs of customer satisfaction.

Contact Kath: kath@proes.co.uk