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Keith Young
Director and Founder of Doha Pearl Academy

A proven and highly competent football player, leader and coach. Highly respected with fellow sporting and professional peers. Vastly experienced, motivated, dedicated and influential member of the sports and football community.

Developed and implemented strategies and synergies to take a community football team through each deliverable gate progressively to gain reputable status as a recognized and operational sports and football provider for all age groups in Qatar. Helped create a vision and recognized pathway that brings the highest level of development and enjoyment into a holistic environment for the community.

Steven Gough
Director of Doha Pearl Academy

Ex Professional player at the highest level in Ireland for over 10 years with European UEFA Cup experience. History with developing players to make the full transition from Academy level through to 1st team. Current involvement in the game as assistant manager at our club.

A much-respected figure in the game and a leader in development within the community. Developing an Academy to provide UEFA standard programs within a positive and friendly environment. A self-motivated character with a goal to develop all age groups whilst giving them the opportunity, tools and information to blossom as immerging talent.

Ciaran Kelly
Doha Pearl Academy Head Coach

UEFA A Licensed Coach with an exceptional record in the game as a professional player and now as a professional coach. Highly skilled coach with a proven record to design and deliver long term training programmes in line with a club’s development strategy and playing philosophy. Worked with highly-respected managers and players and offers invaluable resource for any club looking to produce high calibre, talented players within competitive teams. (has UEFA Champions League and Europa League as a player and coach).

Simon Pratt
UEFA A Licence

Coach Over 20 years of experience actively involved coaching and developing projects and personnel in challenging environments at all levels. Professional coach with exemplary record developing academies, high profile managers, coaches and players.

Paul Horsman
UEFA B License Coach and FA Module 3

Over 20 years of experience from grassroots football, school representative football to academy football. Actively involved in EPPP set up and implementation at Hull City FC and worked as an integral element of the coaching team to move from Cat 3 to Cat 2 Academy status. Worked at Hull City FC, Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and York City FC as well as a coach mentor for the FA operating FA / FAW / SFA leagues. Certified Management and Coach assessor delivering leadership values from grassroots to professional levels.

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