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Neil Maddison
Academy Director

Neil Maddison UEFA A Licence Coach, 19 years experience as a professional footballer making over 250 appearances at Middlesbrough FC, Southampton FC and Darlington FC. Neil has been a professional football coach for over 10 years having been involved in professional clubs, most notably Darlington FC where he held the roles of Manager, Youth Team Coach and Head of Youth Development. Neil is also a Futsal Coach level 1. Neil is also head outfield coach and Director at Premier Player Football Academy.





MC Sport Football Academy Director Neil Maddision 

Tony Insall
Football Coach

Tony is a new member to the coaching team at Middlesbrough College Football Academy. Tony was at Middlesbrough FC Centre of Excellence for 4 years prior to his release at 16. He went on to gain a Soccer Scholarship in America at Hofstra University in New York. Tony returned to England and played semi-professionally and gained his level 1 and 2 in coaching. Tony is about to undertake his UEFA B coaching licence. Tony also works for Premier Player Football Academy as a head coach.




MC Football Academy coach Tony Insall 

Rob Shaw
Football Coach

Rob at present works in a full time lecturing position in the Middlesbrough College Sports Department and has a strong background in Sports Coaching. Rob has played competitive football since a young age that has inspired him to develop a keen interest in coaching. Rob is qualified to FA level 2 with aspirations to progress up the coaching ladder and has professional experience in developing young players at academy level (Middlesbrough FC). Rob has also worked with recreational player’s overseas undertaking coaching work in the USA working in regions such as Texas and the New England.



 MC Football Academy coach

Richard Bailey
Football Coach

Rich has played football for South Tyneside Town, then up to Wearside League at 16 and continued through to 18 Northern League onwards. Specialist in fitness and conditioning.







 MC Football Academy coach

John Watson
Football Coach

John is currently working towards completion of his FA Level 2 Award and has completed his FA Youth Module Level 1 Award. John works as a Sport Lecturer within Middlesbrough College and has a strong background in Sports Coaching in the UK and abroad. John has played football competitively and still competes since a young age which inspired his early ambitions to coach.

John has coached within the Russell Foster Youth leagues for a number of years before embarking on a range of football and other sports coaching at the University of Sunderland. Additionally John has worked abroad in Northern America predominately in Canada across British Columbia coaching football/soccer. John has high ambitions to continue his football coaching development at Middlesbrough College and within the community to develop the next generation of footballing talent.


Sammie Leighs
Ladies Football Team Coach

Sammie is a UEFA B licence coach and youth award coach with 10 years experience within the female game. Including Womens Premier League, Centre of Excellence and college football. Sammie has also completed a Sport and Exercise Science degree and PGCE.  Sammie is currently national manager for Homeless FA and Under 17 coach for Teesside Sport Girls Academy.

 Sammie Leigh, MC Sport Football Academy Ladies Football Coach

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