Xavi Vázquez is the founder and head coach of XVAcademy. He started his journey as a coach in 2005 in Spain and has been coaching since then.
Xavi has coached all age groups, from U4s right through to U19s, he also has experience with Senior teams. He arrived to Galway City in 2018 and started coaching in the Galway United Academy, thanks to Johnny Glynn.
In the last 5 years, Xavi has worked with a host of different football clubs around County Galway, including Knocknacarra FC, Craughwell United, Galway Bohemians and Barna Furbo FC to name but a few.
At the same time, Xavi was coaching in the Galway United Academy, as a U13s coach and then two seasons as an U14s manager. In 2021, he lead the Galway United U14s on to to win the National League beating Shamrock Rovers 2-0 in the final. In 2022, the U14s were the runners up after being defeated in the National Cup final against Shamrock Rovers (1-0).
Xavi also has experience in high performance football academies in Spain where he was Head Coach in the academy year and the summer camps. In these academies, Xavi coaches top quality players from some of the best clubs in Catalonia, including FC Barcelona, RCD Espanyol and Girona FC.
To finish with his football experience, he has done 2 football camps in Anantapur, India with the NGO Foundation Vicente Ferrer and his home club, CF Santvicentí, as a Head Coach. The camps in India in 2014 and 2015, was an experience will stick with him for ever more.