Ex-Premier League footballers help coach Hartlepool’s young talent

Former Middlesbrough and Sunderland players Julio Arca and Dean Gordon are holding half-term football coaching sessions in Hartlepool. Picture: TOM BANKS
Former Middlesbrough and Sunderland players Julio Arca and Dean Gordon are holding half-term football coaching sessions in Hartlepool. Picture: TOM BANKS

Former Premier League footballers will pass on their skills to Hartlepool youngsters during next week’s half-term holidays.

Aspiring players aged from six up to 16 can learn how to be better on the pitch from former Middlesbrough and Sunderland winger Julio Arca, Boro old boy Dean Gordon and ex-Black Cats stars Gary Bennett and Kieron Brady.

We instil a good mentality, discipline and give them the confidence that anything in life is possible

Dean Gordon

The former players who boast more than 2,000 top tier games between them already coach students at Dyke House Sports and Technology College three times a week through their business Back2Basics.

Next week for the first time they will work with youngsters from all over town at the college in Mapleton Road.

But Dean, who has also played for Crystal Palace, Cardiff and Coventry City, said there was more to the sessions than just improving young people as players.

He said: “We instil a good mentality, discipline and give them the confidence that anything in life is possible.

“The sessions next week are open to anyone. There will be football coaching and fun games.”

Ex-Sunderland captain Bennett spent 11 years at Roker Park and had spells with Cardiff and Manchester City while former Republic of Ireland Under-21s winger Brady and Arca were also fan favourites at Sunderland.

Next week’s sessions run on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on Dyke House school’s 3G pitch, between 10am-3pm.

People can turn up on the day or get more details on 07590 571591 or email info@btbcoaching.com

The sessions cost £20 a day or £45 for all three days.