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The Team

PASS4Soccer have worked incredibly hard since 2002 to build a professional and dedicated team to help you realise your dream of gaining a soccer scholarship in the USA. Below are the staff that will be on hand to guide you and your family through the USA soccer scholarship process.

Barry Poole

Barry PooleBarry has a long association with America through paternal family connections and business specialising in International trade.

Upon leaving Public service in 1985 Barry set up businesses in sports publishing, marketing and project management.

As a parent of former PFA Scholar Philip, who chose to study and play as a recipient of a US university soccer scholarship, US coaches were increasingly contacting Barry about talented prospective student athletes. Barry has worked to ensure they and their parents were provided access to best advice, correct business practice and working closely with the appropriate interests both in the UK and USA to build up the most transparent and well respected scholarship company in the UK.

David Ebberson

David EbbersonDavid has joined PASS4 as the General Manager and is responsible for recruitment, managing partnerships and the day-to-day running of the business.

David has vast experience in the game and joins us from the English Schools’ FA where he was the International programme manager for the last three years. Prior to that, David worked for the Premier League Charitable Fund overseeing a National programme of talent development for District and County Football. As well as a number of coaching roles, David initially gained his administration experience as a National competition's secretary for the ESFA. His extensive knowledge will help drive the company forward and his experience will prove to be a real asset to PASS4.

His long relationship with the USA began in 2001, during his first family holiday to Florida, before returning in 2007 for a sandwich year to study as an International student at the University of Miami. After graduating he coached on a number of youth, club & high school camps in 25 different states before becoming an Assistant Coach at the University of Dallas. He met his wife, Ashley, during his time in Texas in 2011 & they have lived in England together since 2014.  

In terms of qualifications, David is a UEFA ‘B’ Licence coach, holds the Level 2 FA Goalkeeping and also the FA Youth Award. David has a Master’s Degree in Coaching Science and a BA Hons Degree in International Football Business Management.

Danny Gibson

Danny GibsonDanny is a Regional Manager with PASS4Soccer and responsible for operations, player recruitment and player assessment.

Danny had an extensive career as a player within semi-professional football and played for numerous clubs in and around London and the South-East. He combined playing football with spending 19 years working in Further Education and he was one of the first pioneers to create a football playing and academic study course in the U.K. with Redbridge College. Over those years he managed to develop and build reputable and successful programmes within the College Football community.

Danny is a UEFA ‘A’ Licence coach and also holds the F.A. Age Appropriate Youth Modules 1 and 2. He is a Qualified Teacher and an F.A. Affiliate Licensed Tutor.

Prior to his work in Further Education, Danny had a spell of four years playing and coaching in California and Michigan. On returning to the U.K. he took up the role of U15s coach at Leyton Orient F.C. for three years. Other roles have included U18s Essex County Schools & Colleges Representative manager and a coach at Cambridge United F.C. Academy. In addition he has coached at various levels including non-league teams and grass roots clubs across all age groups.

Stephen Murray

Stephen Murray

Stephen is responsible for the recruitment of students in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Stephen graduated from Lambuth University in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Sports Management. Stephen played collegiate soccer in Tennessee from 2001 to 2005, where he was a four-time All-Conference selection and received National Team of the Week honours for the Eagles. In 2002 & 2004 Stephen also received All-American Team accolades.

Following university, Murray also played professionally in the USA with the USL Division 1 side Wilmington Hammerheads and also with the Memphis Express and Nashville Metros PDL Team where he was on the All Southern Conference Team of the Year. In the 2008-2009 season, Stephen played and coached in the Croatian League with NK Junak Sinj.

Between 2006 and 2008 Stephen held numerous coaching roles and worked alongside some very experienced coaches. Stephen was on the coaching staff for the Chicago Blast Soccer Club. Stephen has also acted as a consultant for Soccer Made in America operating over 50 camps during the Summer months. Another role Stephen succeeded at was as the Assistant Coach for Triton College based in Illinois. Stephen helped lead the team to the National Tournament.

Claire Scragg

Claire ScraggClaire is our Business Manager, she joined the company in 2009 and is the friendly voice at the end of the phone at our Head Office in Newcastle.

Claire supports players and parents through all aspects of the process. She has extensive knowledge and experience to advise on the paperwork involved in gaining a scholarship in the USA including SAT/ACT Test bookings, NCAA/NAIA Eligibility Center registrations, Transcript Evaluations and US Visa Applications.

Before Claire joined us, she worked in travel, the experience she brought to the team allows her to assist with the planning and organising of all PASS4Soccer Assessment Days, US Tours and US Coaches Showcases.

Over the years, Claire has developed a detailed knowledge of the USA scholarship process and is a vital contact point for PASS4Soccer Network clients and their families.

Andrew McDonnell

Andrew McDonnellAndrew is the Digital Media Manager at P4S and recently joined the company at the start of 2019. He overseas all social media aspects, including running and updating the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and maintains all news on the website too. Andrew also edits all the player video footage, which goes on to our Vimeo account.

Alongside university, where Andrew graduated with a first-class honours degree in Sports Journalism, he also has vast experience working in football over the last five years. He has been the Head of Media at non-league clubs such as Morpeth Town - where he reported at Wembley in 2016 - Blyth AFC, Bedlington Terriers and Seaham Red Star, while also writing for a whole host of publications, which include the Chronicle, Journal, Sunday Sun, Sunderland Echo and the Non-League Paper.

The Sunderland University graduate has won four awards for his work over the last three seasons, including two national accolades for his matchday programme, and he also currently provides content for Plymouth Argyle's programme in his spare time. His in-depth knowledge of sport doesn't stop at football though, Andrew has also covered cricket, basketball - for the Newcastle Eagles - and American Football too.


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For any female players still looking to head out to the #USA in 2020 or 2021, please contact PASS4Soccer to be part?

05/12/2019, 12:18:36

RT @WilmUAthletics: #WilmUMSoccer?s Dimitrios Topouzlis, Lorne Bickley, and Joe Bell Named to 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America Teams   http?

04/12/2019, 18:56:49

RT @AcademyHrbfc: I know a number of our Academy Boys are impressed with the service they are receiving ????

02/12/2019, 19:05:36

US TOUR 2020 | Interest is growing rapidly for our 2020 US Tour to #Florida for our male network members. The group?

02/12/2019, 16:45:54

Our #Showcase events are fast-approaching!! Any players looking for entry in 2020 and 2021 should register straight?

02/12/2019, 9:32:00

After his heroics for @StanfordMSoccer last weekend, client Andrew Thomas was interviewed for the @GoStanford websi?

28/11/2019, 17:00:43

Wishing all of our American friends a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at PASS4Soccer ?? #Thanksgiving

28/11/2019, 15:00:09

Simply outstanding from #PASS4 client Andrew Thomas, who saved FOUR penalties during @StanfordMSoccer?s shoot-out w?

25/11/2019, 22:04:17

Client @EduPendred is certainly enjoying his first season out in the #USA. His @StMarysRattlers side are through to?

25/11/2019, 16:56:15

The #Bulldogs march on to the Third Round of the @NCAASoccerDII #NationalTournament. Client @ElliotCutts started an?

25/11/2019, 16:51:03