NEP PDP Staff
Professional Soccer Experience
· Manchester United FC
· Blackburn Rover FC
· Leicester City FC
· Queens Park Rangers FC
Professional Coaching & Development
· U16 Lead Coach at Notts County FC
· Youth Coach at Northampton Town FC
· Head Coach & Development Manager Geneva International School of Soccer
· Chief Italian Scout for West Bromwich Albion FC
· Technical Director of Everton America
KEY SKILLS, TRAINING & EDUCATION
· FA Level 4 (UEFA A)
· FA Level 3 (UEFA B)
· FA level 3 Psychology for Football
· Member of the FA Coaches Association
The NEP is delighted to announce the introduction of John Curtis as the league’s PDP Director. John will be responsible for the introduction of the league’s Player Development Program. His new role will see him oversee the PDP's continued evolution.
US Club Soccer’s Player Development Programs (PDPs) are regionally based identification and developmental programs conducted within the id2 Program umbrella. PDPs are focused around the National Premier Leagues (NPL) and other top leagues in specific geographic areas.
PDP invitations are based upon objective scouting of elite clubs and leagues, combined with recommendations from top Directors of Coaching. Each PDP includes at least one training session and one internal competition. Some PDPs also include off-field educational components, as well. id2 Program staff are on-site at PDP events to scout players for potential inclusion in id2 Training Camps, and U.S. Soccer staff may also be on-site to scout players for potential U.S. National Team inclusion as well as conduct off-the-field lectures, seminars, coaching and other related discussions.
Beginning in early 2014, as part of an expansion of US Club Soccer’s id² Program, PDP grew to offer new expanded PDP pilot programs involving additional age groups and more frequent training opportunities for some of the country’s top players. Each PDP pilot program will include four events throughout the year, with each event including players from the U-13 through U-18 age groups.
With four events over the course of the year, the developmental impact of the PDPs will significantly increase for participating players. Both the id2 Program and PDP have been granted Olympic Development Program status by the U.S. Soccer Federation and the US Olympic Committee.
Mark’s seventeen year professional career began when he was selected to attend the FA National School of Excellence in England as an aspiring 14 year old soccer player. At this stage in his young career, he signed with Manchester United and went on to make 10 first team appearances in the premier league, Champions League and World Club Championships in Brazil.
Mark developed his early professional playing attributes and core soccer values under the guidance of Eric Harrison, Steve McLaren, Sir Alex Ferguson, Brian Kidd & David Platt. Mark also proudly represented the England National Team from U15 up to and including the U21’s. Stints at clubs in the Premier league, Championship, League One and MLS with Middlesbrough FC, Stoke City, Swansea City, Doncaster Rovers (English Championship), and FC Dallas followed after his departure from Manchester United in 2001.
As his playing days came to an end Mark turned to coaching, bringing the same passion and commitment to the touch line that he had on the pitch. Mark has most recently worked as the Director of Coaching for NY Stars Premier which is headquartered in the New York City area. Under Mark’s leadership, the club grew to include over 75 teams nationwide including teams in Los Angeles, Boston and Miami. Mark also gained experience as a top coach from his time as the Assistant Manager for Doncaster Rovers FC in one of their promotion winning seasons as well as numerous years coaching Academy Youth teams in the United Kingdom. A short stint in Qatar followed where he worked with the Qatar National U15 team for 6 weeks at the Aspire Soccer Academy in Doha.
Finally, Mark has also experience coaching at the highest levels of international play. During the most recent Copa America competition, Mark worked alongside the Argentinian national coaching staff, including Head coach, Gerardo “Tata” Martino, in preparing the team for their matches. His main responsibility was to prepare shadow teams to play against the Argentine first team in practice games.