The Play2Learn Team

Play2Learn was founded in Edinburgh by Dave Upton and Shane McCreevy during the Summer of 2005. We met while coaching football in New Jersey, USA during 2002 and formed a terrific friendship and working relationship which continues to grow. We both love football and favour short passing, high tempo, fast flowing, attacking football starting from the keeper.


Coaching Career: Started coaching in 1998 with my local club in Dublin called Castleknock Celtic, then went to USA for a year in 2002, moved to Edinburgh and coached at Hutchison Vale 2003-2012. Also short spells at North Berwick, Hibs, Civil Service Strollers and a few other clubs.

Hobbies: I love most sports and can coach football, rugby, cricket, hockey, basketball, athletics and volleyball but these days Im more of an admin geek 🙂 I love mountain biking, playing snooker and horse racing.

Food: Anything really but you can’t beat a homemade Sunday Roast!

Magazine: WSC When Saturday Comes

Player: Messi, even called my dog Leo!



David Upton, joint founder and partner in Play2Learn Sports Coaching. Being the oldest member of the team, my coaching career has spanned over 25 years , ( I feel old) this has been divided between coaching in England for Leeds United, USA for UK Elite Soccer and in Scotland with Play2Learn.

My playing career didn’t last as long, like so many I peaked prematurely. My playing career highlight was at the young age of 15 captaining Sunderland against Leeds United.  Where did it all go wrong??

Educated to degree standard in youth and community studies ( not bad for a ginger mackem). I have married my love of sport and my youth work background in developing a career in youth sports coaching.

Being a UEFA B licensed coach, I enjoy working with talented players, however my main passion is developing young players. I also get a huge amount of satisfaction from my involvement in coaching players with disabilities. I am passionate in mentoring and supporting young coaches. This will hopefully come to fruition when my legs eventually decide to say enough is enough.

My home city is Sunderland so  I have the terrible affliction of being a Sunderland supporter, so I don’t see much quality footba


Name: Matthew Shaw

Age: I am 17 Years Old which makes me the youngest member of the coaching team. 


Coaching Qualifications

  • Adult/Children Pathway 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 
  • Futsal Level 1
  • Goalkeeping Level 1
  • Sports Leadership Level 1
  • I am keen to progress through my coaching badges but due to my age I can’t at the moment. 
  • First ever full time employee at Play2Learn. 
  • My Brother is Oli Shaw who plays for Hibernian FC. 
  • I have played for many grass roots and Pro-Youth clubs including Hearts & Celtic. I currently play for Edinburgh City.
  • Coached many teams including Currie Star FC & Cramond FC . I have coached 4-a-side, 5-a-side, 7-a-aside & 11-a-side teams.