DME Sports Academy has officially hired Paul Crichton as its next Director of Soccer, with hopes of turning the Academy soccer program into the next big thing in Volusia County!
Paul brings a wealth of experience and has played at a professional level for 22 years, starting out at the age of 17 at Nottingham Forest F.C. in Nottinghamshire, England.
During his career, Paul amassed 540 1st team appearances, won several players of the year awards, and gained 2 promotions, one of which was with Norwich City FC taking them into the Premiership.
Paul retired from full-time soccer and started coaching when he was 38 years old. Paul now has a 10-year coaching career with many professional and international players to count for, such as Harry Maguire, current England and Leicester City player, Robert Green, Fraser Forster, Southampton FC goalkeeper, Charlie Austin, Southampton FC striker and more.
Paul has gained his UEFA ‘A’ License in both outfield and goalkeeper coaching. He has worked for some of the most prestigious managers and was also hired as an assistant manager with Jose Riga at Blackpool FC in the Championship League in England.
Paul plans to bring much more than soccer to DME with his background in education as well. Paul has studied on the English FA Advanced Youth Award and holds a Generic Tutor qualification. “I’m excited to be joining the DME Team and having the opportunity to develop the soccer program. Being able to do this at such a fantastic facility as the Daytona Stadium, is a real bonus.”
DME plans to kick off the soccer season with its first camp of the summer on August 6th – 10th for ages 4 through 14 years old!
DME is also planning to celebrate the inaugural launch of the ‘Heroes Cup on September 15th, 2018! Police and Firefighters will attend and battle on the pitch for pride and honor. This is a charity fundraising event with ticket proceeds going towards the Foundation 37 charity and the DME Foundation.
For more information on the camps and events coming up, you can click here: Link