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First class experience. First class coaching. First class players. First class talent. 

Included in the weekly timetable is extensive football coaching, training sessions and a game. You’ll also get plenty of classroom time so that you can focus on your academic qualifications,where we’ll push you to achieve the best possible grades. As part of the programme, you get an Individual Player Plan to develop your fitness, strength and conditioning, plus you’ll have access to a Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support Officer. There’s no doubt you’ll be put through your paces, but what an opportunity to show what you’re made of!

At the helm of the Academy is our Head Coach Andy Griffin,ex Premiership footballer and former Stoke City Captain, who has played in the Champions League with Newcastle United. At the peak of his game he played for the great Sir Bobby Robson, Kenny Dalglish, and Ruud Gullit. He captained Stoke City to promotion to the Premier League under Tony Pulis, and was also fortunate enough to play for the flamboyant Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth. Where else can you learn from this kind of talent?

You’ll also get to learn from Football Academy Manager Dave Beswick, who has a wealth of semi-professional football experience having managed local clubs such as Norton United and Kidsgrove Athletic FC. Dave transferred this experience to a career in youth coaching, with a UEFA B FA coaching qualification and time spent coaching up and coming talent at the youth academies of Port Vale FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.

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