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Our Team

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Luke Kennedy

Co-founder of Youth Dreams Project

Luke has been a professional footballer at Peterborough United and Rushed and Diamonds FC. He now runs all of YDP and is always on the look out for talented athletes in his coaching sessions that could potentially compete in the US.


Luke Steele

Co-founder of Youth Dreams Project

Luke was part of the Peterborough United FC youth setup and he signed a three year YTS. Aged 17, he signed professional terms with Peterborough United but he was sold a couple of months later to Manchester United FC for £900,000.

At that point in time, Manchester United were managed by Sir Alex Ferguson and Luke was part of the first team squad with players such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gerard Pique and many more.

Luke represented England at Under 17-21 level and has since played for Coventry City, WBA, Barnsley and Panathinaikos.

He now plays for Millwall (on loan from Nottingham Forest) and has over 400 professional games to his name.

During his professional career he has always had a passion for helping young people and he has regularly visited schools and been involved with community work.

In February 2014, Luke founded YDP alongside Luke Kennedy. When he is back in the UK, he will regularly visit schools that YDP work in and deliver assemblies, attend presentations and offer advice and guidance to the young people.


Josh Carpenter

Head of Sports Recruitment

Josh spent 5 years in the USA playing for William Carey University in the NAIA, in his final year he reached the semi-finals of the national tournament and was also named 2nd team All-American. Since returning to the UK in May 2019, Josh has made it his mission to help other young athletes achieve the best scholarships possible from US universities.


Matt Carpenter

Soccer Consultant

Matt is our soccer consultant for the southern region of the UK and he has years of experience in how the US college system operates. 

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