Former Hartlepool United coach Martin Scott is on the hunt for a school that will help develop the region’s potential professional footballers of the future.
Scott, the ex-Premier League player for Sunderland, is one of just 200 holders of the elite UEFA Pro Licence in the country, which is the highest coaching qualification.
He has won praise for the innovative Improtech system, which increases the amount of practice time in school and quality of training.
After already launching his successful Improtech in schools in Wearside and Tyneside, Martin wants to create his third academy school in the remaining North-East hotbed of football on Teesside.
He told the Mail: “When we first started off at Kepier in Houghton in 2011 our first objective was to prove that the system could be successful in schools; our second was to be expand the system across the region.
“We’ll always be grateful to Kepier for taking the leap of faith and introducing Improtech into the school.”
The success at Kepier saw several school pupils join Middlesborough’s Under 13s and Under 12s and pupils have also been picked up by Hartlepool Under 15s.
Martin, who has been a player and a manager but says he has found his vocation as a coach, adding: “There’s no doubt the raw talent is out there in the North East, there’s just the need to channel it and develop it from an early age.”
Martin said: “If anyone knows of a school or schools they think Improtech would be ideal for, then we’d appreciate it if they got in touch.”
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