Meet the Staff

Meet the staff and coaching team at the IHM Football Academy.

Sam Launay

Head of Football

Sam started his football journey in Portugal, learning his trade as a goalkeeper which resulted in being scouted for Brentford FC on his arrival to the UK. Sam played at the academy for 5 years. He then went onto play for Aldershot Town before going to University to study Sports Coaching. Sam then started playing semi-professional football having multiple stints at clubs around the Midlands and London such as Camberley Town, Littleton, Cheshunt and most recently London Colney.
In addition to his playing career, Sam started coaching football at the young age of 14 at a company called Little Kickers, teaching kids aged 2-5, which kick started his love of coaching. Sam then went onto get his Level 2 FA badges in Goalkeeping and Outfield. While studying at University, he started working at West Bromwich Albion where he coached there for 3 years.
Sam has a strong passion for development, aiding players/students to not just become better players but better people off the pitch. He enjoys coaching the technical and tactical elements of football and teaching players how to better understand the game and get the upper hand in their team and individual performances. Sam is also avid about having fun and making sure players enjoy their football and have the freedom to express their creativity and abilities.

Brandon Hall

Lead Coach

Brandon has been playing professional football for the last 12 years. He’s gone on to have a successful career in the
National League and non-league system amounting to over 300 competitive games. He is currently still a professional
footballer at Gloucester AFC competing in the National North and has represented England C on five occasions. He
believes his passion for coaching a team and having the opportunity to have a direct impact on the progression of
Academy players at Ellesmere College is a fantastic opportunity. His playing experience enables him to give first hand and realistic advice to the players at the Academy. Brandon Hall also has a first-class honours Business Management degree.

Peter Hayes


Peter Hayes
Peter is a law graduate from the University of Westminster and worked as the Manager of the Business Centre at inlingua Cheltenham for seven and a half years from May 1999 until he left in November 2006.
Peter has been in the English language teaching industry since 1991, starting his English teaching career in Verona, Italy. He then went on to take the RSA University of Cambridge Diploma in EFL with the Bell School in Norwich. In Summer 1996 Peter took his first management job being appointed as Director of Studies at Stafford House School of English in Canterbury. By 1998 Peter was co-running ASPECT Oxford, a large and modern English language school with up 350 students aged between 12 and 25 years.

John O’Leary

 Director and Principal

John O'leary
John is from Ireland and graduated in Economics from University College Cork. During his teaching career, John has worked in China where as Director of Studies he managed a large team of English language teachers. John has also worked in Ethiopia as a volunteer when he was younger. John holds the Cambridge DELTA qualification.

Katie Hayes

 Director and Registrar

Katie Hayes
Katie has a degree in French and Italian and completed her CELTA qualification at International House London. She then went on to teach English in Italy and the Czech Republic. When she returned to the UK in 1996 she worked for Halifax bank for several years and then joined the company in 2008. She now looks after the finance, accounts and bookings for IH Manchester.