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Kicking off the day in the Football Academy!

Football players

The Football Academy at Middlesbrough College is managed by Premier Player, a team of experienced, ex-professional and expert coaches.

The Football Academy boasts a well-planned and structured curriculum, and top fitness and SAQ sessions. Training is professional and structured around the FA 4 corner model, with a proven track record of helping many young players along the way to joining professional clubs such as Middlesbrough, Leeds, Sunderland, and Newcastle.

The high quality sessions will work on a number of components that will help to transform you into the complete player and will help you to develop skills that are reflective of what is seen from pro players on the pitches today, all while building up your confidence.

Students can expect up to 9 hours of professional coaching a week from ex-pros, Phil Stamp and Andy Collett.

Meet the Coaches

Andrew Collett
Andrew Collett – Head Football Coach

Andrew is a former Pro Keeper who played in the Premier League with his hometown club Middlesbrough FC. He went on to make over 250 professional appearances for Bristol Rovers and Darlington. Since retiring, Andrew has coached a range of first teams including Oldham and Gateshead.

Matthew Bates
Matthew Bates – Football Coach

Matthew is a former Middlesbrough FC defender with 36 appearances in the Premier League. Matthew has also played for Ipswich, Norwich, Hartlepool united, Bradford City, Bristol City and Darlington.

Phil Stamp
Phil Stamp – Football Coach

Phil is a former Middlesbrough FC and England U21 midfielder who made his professional debut at the age of 17. He went on to play for Hearts, making 70 appearances, and Darlington. Since retiring, Phil has started coaching and holds a UEFA Level 2 badge.

Oliver Wilson
Oliver Wilson – Football Coach

Oliver has over 8 years of experience working with young players ranging from beginners to Academy level footballers. He holds an Undergraduate Degree from Durham University in Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity and has recently achieved his PGCE.

Football Academy FAQs

We are TASS Dual Career Accredited

TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) is an athletic support programme, which helps talented athletes to balance their sport and studies, with the goal of them being able to reach their potential in both. The programme is open to all elite athletes on any course at Middlesbrough College, not just Sports and Leisure courses. For more information, contact the Sports Admin Team on 01642 333772 or

Dual Career Accredited TASS

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