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CUTTING-EDGE ACCESSIBLE FOOTBALL PROGRAMME SET TO IMPROVE WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH IN THE BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY 

 

FOOTBALL STARS ALIGN TO PROVIDE GROUND BREAKING TRAINING FOR LOCAL YOUTHS, IN A BID TO PROVIDE INVALUABLE OPPORTUNITIES AND IMPROVE LOCAL WELFARE. 

 

Ex professionals Tony Daley (England, Aston Villa and Wolves) and David Barnett (Birmingham City) have pooled over 68 years of combined experience to help up and coming players and children in the community to realise their potential, using the sport they love.

 

The pioneers grew up together, attending the same school at St Georges C of E in Newton, Aston. The former professional footballers pursued very different paths on their way to the top of the sport, ending up on rival sides of the city divide. While Daley went through the academy set up at Aston Villa to great success, Barnett played his way through the non-league system before securing his dream career with Birmingham City. 

In association with charity Inspire You, Pro Level Performance will see kids aged 12 to 18 receiving some of the best coaching, mentoring and advice the game has ever seen - delivered by two ex-pros who know the pitfalls better than most. The objectives are simple - to find and nurture homegrown talent, and to offer encouragement and support to the local youth community.

“Having been there ourselves, we recognise the troubles that can come of being an ‘inner city kid’ - it’s even harder now than when we were playing football on the streets!” Said Daley. Barnett added “We saw an opportunity to help, not just to develop great players but to encourage kids off the streets and give them a chance to realise what they can achieve if they set their minds to it and gain focus"

 

The quarterly programme, based in Aston, sees the two ex-pros working with their scholars on everything from a high level of technical football coaching to sports science, nutrition and cognitive training. This 4 Step System is unique in the UK and is a model which works to great effect in the United States at an elite level. 

 

As players flourish and grow, not only do they become outstanding members and role models in the locality, but it also offers them the opportunity to pursue their dreams in turning Pro. Collaborations between Pro Level Performance and clubs and academies will not only enhance the clubs offering, but also helps parents and youngsters too by working together holistically. 

 

Daley and Barnett continue to push themselves and have even set future goals, with ideas to branch out the venues nationally in the foreseeable future.

Meet the team

David Barnett

  • Cognitive Specialist Coach

  • Former Member of the Football Association Board

  • Qualified Football Association Teacher

  • UEFA Academy Directors Licence 

  • NSCAA Advanced Youth Diploma 

  • NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma 

  • EUFA “B” & “A” Licence

  • Certificate in Applied Management at Warwick Business School

  • Former Birmingham City Player

Tony Daley MSc BSc (Hons)

  • Professional Fitness Consultant

  • Former Head of Sport Science Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

  • FA Physical Performance Level 3 Award

  • Level 1 ISAK Accredited

  • MSc Sport and Exercise Science

  • Former 1st Team Fitness Coach Sheffield United FC

  • BSc (Hons) Sport Science

  • Former winger/striker for England National Team, Aston Villa FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC