About International Development Academy

About International Development Academy

International Development Academy is guided by our core values and a passion for helping players reach their full potential at the collegiate or professional level.

We provide a clear path for student-athletes looking to bring their game to the next level. Whether it be a Post-Grad year, GAP Year, or a step along their path to pro, we have an option for everyone at IDA.

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IDA staff and players will act with intelligence, respect, and compassion.

IDA staff and players will perform with the best effort and attitude, no matter how difficult the challenge.

IDA staff and players will aim high in order to reach their goals.

IDA By The Numbers

Meet The Team

IDA Director of Coaching

Peter Bradley

  • IDA Director of Coaching
  • From Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 25 years experience as a Director of Coaching in N. America
  • Executive management experience with US Club Soccer and USL
  • USSF B License
  • Masters degree in Education
IDA Head of Recruitment

Patrick Robertson

  • IDA Head of Recruitment
  • From Leicester, England
  • 5+ years' experience in international student-athletes placement
  • 5+ years' experience as youth soccer coach
  • Soccer fanatic
  • Masters Degree in Business Management
IDA UK General Manager

Ross Weatherstone

  • IDA UK General Manager
  • From Reading UK
  • Loyal, caring professional who is very positive and hard working.
  • An Ex-Professional Footballer who played for Oxford United FC, Boston United FCNuneaten Borough FC, Farnborough Town FC & Stevenage Borough FC. 
  • Winner of the National League Championship at Boston United FC
  • Degree in Education
IDA Valencia Director of Operations

Jordi Gomez

  • IDA Valencia Director of Operations
  • From Valencia Spain
  • Director at UD La Vall de Uxo
  • Uefa A License Holder
Director of Global Business Development

Rick Angelicola

  • Director of Global Business Development
  • 10+ years of experience in the global sports management industry
  • 10+ years in international education and program development
  • 10+ years working with domestic and international student-athletes
  • Traveled to over 30 countries
  • Former collegiate/professional athlete
  • BA in Communications | BA in Spanish

IDA By The Numbers

Countries Represented by IDA Coaches
Professional Contracts Signed
Countries Represented by IDA Enrollees
College Scholarships Earned
Total All-Time IDA Enrollees


Marisa Shorrock

Goalkeeper (USA)

"IDA has given me the opportunity to play at a level {here in Rome, Italy} that exceeds the level I was playing back home. I want to keep my options open for soccer and school, and this is a great way for me to be able to do that."

EJ Lang

Goalkeeper (USA)

"Training at the IDA UK Academy is amazing. I have a better understanding of the match, my football IQ has gotten higher, and my distribution has gotten exceptional. 

The Academy helped me develop as a footballer, and gave me that extra push to know how much I was valued. It might be difficult to leave your family at home, but you make a whole new family here."

Laurens Ten Cate

Centreback (Netherlands)

"Being able to get on the field with coaches who are constantly pushing me and bonding with teammates off the field has been incredible. I’d really recommend it to anyone."

IDA Representative & Scouts Locations

​With an extensive network throughout Europe and the US, International Development Academy ensures a diverse range of educational experiences, resources, and pathways for all of its student-athletes.

If you’re interested in becoming an IDA representative, please fill the form HERE.