Pupils learning from former pros

Manor College of Technology pupils Will Farnaby and Lewis Porritt with football coaches (left ro right) Willie Boland, Liam Clark and Andy Collett as they display their football skills.
Manor College of Technology pupils Will Farnaby and Lewis Porritt with football coaches (left ro right) Willie Boland, Liam Clark and Andy Collett as they display their football skills.

PROMISING young footballers are learning from ex-professionals thanks to a partnership between a town school and a coaching academy.

Premier Player Football Academy is run by former Hartlepool United goalkeeper coach Andy Collett with the help of fellow ex-footballers.

And now they are passing their expert knowledge and experience on to the talented young players at Manor College of Technology, in the town, where former Pools striker Adam Boyd studied.

The partnership is also benefiting younger footballers across Hartlepool as the coaches deliver sessions at all of Manor College’s partner primary schools.

Andy, who made more than 230 appearances for Middlesbrough, Darlington and Bristol Rovers, said: “At Premier Player all of our coaches are ex-professionals and we look to pass that knowledge across to the young players we work with.

“We have just opened an academy at The Sports Domes, at Seaton, so when we got the chance to form a partnership with Manor College we jumped at the chance to further strengthen our links in the town.

“We have a proven track record of improving players and with forming the partnership with Manor we are looking to improve the standard of players and who knows maybe find the next Adam Boyd.”

As well as coaching the primary school pupils, the coaches who include former players Willie Boland and Kev Dawson, deliver an accelerated training programme at Manor College involving all of the best footballers from Year 7 toYear 10.

Paul Atkinson, Manor College’s head of PE, said: “We have a strong PE department and we see this as a chance to bring in expert coaches who will really help the players fulfil their potential.

“Having these highly qualified coaches is having a real impact and can only benefit the players and the school as a whole.”