Introducing Gingasports Brand Ambassador - Dr Daniel Berdejo-del-Fresno
Dr Daniel Berdejo-del-Fresno was born in 1982 and grew up in Utebo (Zaragoza, Spain).
Daniel studied for a PE Teaching Degree at the University of La Rioja (Spain) and completed an Exercise and Sport Science Degree and Masters at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). He also completed a PhD between the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).
Like every Spanish child, Daniel started to play futsal at a young age for his home team A.D. Utebo Futbol Sala and also played in the school playgrounds which all have outdoor futsal courts. Daniel stopped playing futsal at around 13-14 years old to focus on his running career but kept his relationship with futsal by attending his local club games to watch his brother play and then subsequently starting his futsal coaching education at the age of 16-17.
Once Daniel moved to England for his PhD scholarship, he started to work for Manchester Futsal Club and, from then up to now, he is making his living as a full time coach. Daniel has been lucky enough to visit many countries with his passion, has met many good coaches to learn from and has also had time to write scientific papers about futsal and even two books to share all his experiences and ideas.
Daniel has coached a number of teams in the UK and USA:
Manchester Futsal Club (UK): 2010-2012
Sheffield FC Futsal (UK): 2012-2014
International Futsal Academy (Loughborough Futsal Club) (UK): 2014-2016
England Futsal National Teams (Senior, U23 and U19) (UK): 2011-2016
World United Futsal Academy (USA): 2016-2017
La Famiglia Futsal Club (USA): 2017
Bay Area Futsal Club (USA): 2017-Currently
Daniel's achievements include:
FA Futsal Cup Champions 2010-2011 (Manchester Futsal Club)
FA Futsal National League Division I Champions 2011-2012 (Manchester Futsal Club)
FA Futsal National League Division I Champions 2012-2013 (Sheffield FC Futsal)
FA Grand Finals 3rd Overall
FA Futsal National League Division II North Champions 2014-2015 (International Futsal Academy-Loughborough Futsal Club)
Qualified to the UEFA European Futsal Championships (Belgium 2014) and FIFA World Futsal Championships (Colombia 2016) with England for the first ever time in their history
U19 Male USA Futsal 2015 Champions (BNC Revolution)
U10 World Futsal Cup (Barcelona, Spain) 2015 Champions (World United Futsal Academy)
U17 Male USA Futsal 2016 Champions (BNC Revolution)
US Futsal Northwest Regional Champions 2017 (La Famiglia FC)
US Futsal Northwest Regional Champions 2018 (Bay Area Futsal Club)
America Futsal Association Copa California 2018 Champions (Bay Area Futsal Club)
America Futsal Association Copa California 2019 Champions (Bay Area Futsal Club)
Although Daniel is a very experienced coach he would like to keep learning about futsal, helping others and help the sport to grow. Right now, he is finishing the draft for his next book which will have futsal involved again!