Head of Education
I joined Northampton Town Football Club as Education Centre Manager in September 2006. Over the past 13 years the education provision at Northampton Town has evolved and developed from a Playing for Success Programme – delivered in the Carr’s Bar at the PTS Academy Stadium – into the broad offer, across two purpose built Education Centres, that we see today. The Education Centre was initially part of Northamptonshire County Council’s Extended Services and I found myself seconded to the role of Northamptonshire Outdoor Education Service Operation Manager in 2014 and both Cobblers and Steelbacks Education Centre Manager in 2011. In September 2016, the NTFC Education Centre officially became part of Northampton Town Football Club and I assumed the position of Head of Education, which included the Academy Education for the first time.
My background is in Physical Education teaching in mainstream secondary schools and in special education settings for young people with behaviour, emotional and social difficulties. I believe passionately in the power of sport to engage and enthuse, to raise aspiration and attainment, to build self-esteem, confidence and resilience and to instil values and a sense of belonging. I love sport and the outdoors in all its forms and have competed in everything from water skiing to hockey and everything in between, with varying levels of success. My greatest sporting passion is cycling. Having competed internationally as a triathlete and at national level as a mountain biker and cyclist, I have a strong understanding of the challenges faced by the young people that we work with, who find themselves on a professional playing pathway at Northampton Town.
Sport and education are inter-connected and sport and education is for everyone regardless of age, gender, ability, disability, race or religion. No matter what the motivations of the young people we work with, we feel we can share and promote experiences and opportunities that will benefit them for the future.
Academy Education Lead
I began my professional career on a coaching pathway, passing my UEFA B Licence aged 21 and going onto get my FA Youth Award in 2013. Also in 2013, I graduated from the University of Northampton with a 2:1 in BA Sport Development. In 2018, I completed a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training as well as a Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Place, allowing me to teach the Level 3 Diploma as well as assess NVQ for the club’s under 18 players.
I have been at Northampton Town FC since September 2010 having previously coached at Southampton FC’s Academy and coaching in primary schools. In my time at the club, I have worked with all age groups in different capacities from running sessions for 3 year old’s right through to first team sports science. I have also gained significant coaching experience in both the club’s Academy and Shadow Squads, where I still coach the under 12 and under 16 age groups.
Having managed and developed the Football and Education Programme between 2013 and 2018, I have now moved into position as Academy Education Lead, teaching the Youth Team on their formal education pathways (Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma and NVQ) as well as overseeing the educational development of all players from under 9’s to 18’s, whilst still having some involvement on the Football & Education Programme and in the other opportunities we offer in the Education Department.
FEP Lead & Coach
I joined Northampton Town FC Academy initially as an assistant coach to the U14s. I have also now been appointed as the Football & Education Programme Lead. I hold a UEFA-Pro License and a Degree in Physical Education.
I started my football playing career in my home town at Atletic Lliria Academy moving to Valencia CF Academy, Burjassot CF and Atletico Vallbonense where due to injuries at 20 I began to focus on coaching. I now come to the F&E Programme with 18 years’ experience as a Football coach, in which I has previously worked with Biggleswade United FC as Head of Coaching, Lliria CF (4th tier in Spain) as a 1st team Head Coach and U19s Head Coach, Atletico Vallbonense Academy, Valencia CF Academy and Atletic Lliria Academy. I also come with 8 years of teaching experience in Primary and Secondary schools.
FEP Lead tutor
I completed a PGCE teaching qualification in 1994 after studying for a Master’s degree in Sport Science and have worked on BTEC programmes at all levels over the last 25 years at a number of Further Education Colleges and with Coventry University. I worked as an Education Officer for Coventry City FC and with British Swimming where I taught the AASE qualification to athletes on the Olympic potential training programmes in Swimming, Diving and Water Polo. UEFA B qualified having previously played in the National Conference and also UKSCA (Strength and Conditioning) qualified. My current role involves teaching on the Level 3 and HND programmes with the Football & Education Programme.
I have been working with NTFC on the Football and Education Programme since September 2017. Prior to joining the club I graduated from the University of Bath where I studied a BSc in Sports Performance. After completing University I progressed into teaching within boarding schools and gaining my teaching qualification. I have also played international hockey for Scotland, so I feel I can share experiences and knowledge of what it takes to play at an elite level of sport. My current role is focused on delivering the Level 3 BTEC and HND Programme as part of the FEP.
FEP Sports Therapist
I am currently working as a Sports Therapist for NTFC Education Department and Academy, as well as my Sports Injuries private practice and have a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy.
My previous Roles include: Army, Physical Education Officer (PEO) in the Prison Service, Moulton College, Northampton University, Sports Massage for Northampton Saints and Sports Therapist for Oundle Rugby Club.
Sport and exercise has always been my biggest passion in life, from tabbing up mountains in the Army to playing competitive sport in football and rugby.
To become a PEO I took part in a 4 day pre-selection process to test my skills, fitness level and coaching abilities in a number of different sports. After passing selection I trained at the FA training centre Lilleshall to gain coaching qualifications in a number of different sports and found an interest in sports injuries. At HMP Bedford we supported offenders in their rehabilitation process by delivering a variety of courses with the Education department, FA, RFU and the Princes Trust.
Having dealt with injuries in the Army, the Prison Service and an interest in sports injuries I decided to gain qualifications in Sports Massage and a degree in Sports Therapy at Northampton University. Valuable experience has been gained working within football, rugby, cricket, strongman and with marathon runners.
I am looking forward to working with the NTFC Education Department and Academy teams, especially supporting the student’s pathway to a career in one of the many roles within the sporting industry.
I have been working for Northampton Town Community Trust since September 2018 when I was appointed as a community coach on a full-time basis. I couple this with my role within Northampton Town academy in the evenings, working predominately within the foundation phase and now with the Football and Education programme coaching the boys.
Having over 8 years experience in working within sports coaching across a variety of ages, more specifically football, I’m delighted to be working in an area which I am so passionate about. With my wealth of experience I am determined to play my part in increasing participation within sports to develop a healthier county.
FEP Coach & Inclusion Officer
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to impact on the BTEC girls squad to allow them to grow their inclusion within a wide range of sports.
I joined Northampton Town Community Trust as a Community Coach in February 2019 working mainly within schools delivering our Premier League Primary Stars programme, sports sessions, after school sessions and working with young people in the Education centre based at the club. My background has been split into grassroots voluntary football coaching and working within special education for over four years. My experience in Nurture settings within special education gives the fundamental knowledge to impact the children and young people within the education programme.
Lead YDP Coach and FEP Coach
I have worked for the club since 2012, initially this was in a voluntary coaching role with the Academy, over the years my roles have progressed and currently I am lead coach/ site leader for the Football and Education programme as well as a lead age group coach within the Academy Youth development phase.
Ever since I can remember I have wanted to be involved within the football industry, obviously over the years this has developed into more specific passions and coaching is an area I have dedicated myself to since I was 18.
Having left school at 16, to attend college, I found myself progressing to university, I attended the university of Bedfordshire where I studied Football studies, graduating in 2010.
Since then I have had a variety of different roles, I have worked as a primary school PE coach, providing PPA cover, and delivering a variety of sessions and topics to primary school children, I combined this with working in retail as well as my voluntary role at NTFC in the early days.
Since 2012 I have been employed in full time within football specific coaching positions, my first full time role was with a private school which operates a Football programme alongside education, this is for students aged 13-19, this role allowed time to travel the world and experience different cultures and experience football in a variety of different settings. I held this role up until August 2017 at which point I Joined NTFC on a full time basis.
Over the years I have experience in coaching; grassroots football, elite level football, women’s football, disability football, primary school sports, adult male football and currently live combining working with players aged 12-16 in the academy alongside working with the students aged 16-18 in the Football and Education programme. I love working with students who I can make a real impact on which is why I love the balance my roles bring.
Over the years coaching I have been lucky enough to see some players I have coached play for their countries, progress into full time football, travel the world playing football, move to different countries, become young coaches themselves and I hope In some way I’ve played a role.
I pride myself on hard work, passion, commitment and a love of the game,
I have been working for Northampton Town Football Club Education (PTS Stadium Campus) since September 2016, and previously for the council run Cobblers Study Centre. I have a background in Behaviour Support and I am a trained Higher Level Teaching Assistant. My role has evolved over the years and I now co-ordinate all of the programmes that we run the Centre as well as helping devise and delivering them, no two days are the same! My main interests are supporting young people’s emotional literacy and hopefully improving their life chances.
I started my role as an apprentice administrator for Northampton Town Football in the Community, but as my apprenticeship progressed so did opportunities to get into schools coaching. I also got the opportunity to be involved with some of the inclusion work that the Education Centre offered. After completing my apprenticeship I came over to the Education Centre to work as part of the Inclusion team and have been enjoying it ever since. I have an interest in working with children with EBD as I feel like we can give them opportunities here that they might not get elsewhere. I am currently the lead on our Traineeship programme and am looking forward to being involved in the Prince’s Trust project.
Inclusion Officer & Community Coach
I graduated with a BSc degree in Sports Performance and Coaching from the University of Northampton and I am currently working towards my UEFA B coaching license. I started working with the Education Department in 2016 on a voluntary work placement and now work full time as both a coach for NTFC in the Community and as an Inclusion officer with the one-to-one Programme at the Sixfields Campus.