Myddelton College Football Academy
The school’s football academy typically offers a comprehensive program designed to develop young athletes both academically and athletically. The academy caters to students passionate about football, aiming to hone their skills while maintaining a balance between sports and education. The football academy is committed to providing a holistic approach that balances education and football development, nurturing young talent, and preparing them for future opportunities in football while maintaining their academic progress and personal growth.
The Myddelton College Football Academy Programme includes:
- 3 x Academy training sessions per week
- Strength & Conditioning training
- Nutrition and Fitness plans
- Analysis sessions
- Termly player reviews
- The opportunity to trial at professional clubs within England and Wales
- The opportunity to add 1-2-1 training
Meet the Coaches
Director of PE & Sport – Mike Pearson
Mike Pearson, an esteemed figure in the realm of football, boasts a rich career spanning both as a player and a coach. With an impressive track record of over 300 league appearances in professional football across England, Mike has left an indelible mark on the field. His journey in the sport began with Liverpool FC and Wales, representing the nation in various youth levels, culminating in his presence in the Under-23 squad, showcasing his exceptional talent and commitment.
Transitioning seamlessly into coaching, Mike Pearson holds a UEFA B Licence, a testament to his deep understanding of the intricacies of the game. He ventured into coaching within the Welsh Premier League academy system, leaving a lasting impact from the grassroots level upwards. His coaching tenure extended from mentoring budding talents at the Under 12 level to shaping the skills of aspirational players up to Under 19, demonstrating his adeptness in nurturing and developing young athletes.
Mike further embellished his coaching prowess by assuming the role of assistant manager in a Tier 2 team within Welsh football. His strategic insights, combined with his wealth of experience both on and off the field, have been instrumental in honing the skills of players and guiding teams toward success.
Junior Academy Coach – UEFA A Licence coach, Sean Eardley
Sean needs no introduction and has been at the forefront of Welsh Football for several years. Sean brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our academy, starting his football journey as a player at Oldham Athletic. Unfortunately, his playing career was cut short due to a heart condition. However, this setback led Sean into an illustrious managerial career that saw him reach remarkable heights within the Welsh Premier League. Following a spell in Australia and with Llandudno FC’s academy Sean made the move into senior football serving as the manager of Caernarfon Town Football Club and Llandudno Football Club, it was here Sean showcased his tactical acumen and leadership. Presently, he holds the position of assistant manager at Bangor 1876, contributing his extensive knowledge and passion for the game. His invaluable experience and dedication to the sport make him an exceptional addition to our coaching team, and we are excited about the knowledge and inspiration he will bring to our young footballers.
Senior Academy Coach – UEFA A Licence coach, Matt Sampson
Matt holds the esteemed UEFA A licence qualification and has a wealth of invaluable experience gained from his tenure at prominent professional clubs, notably including Manchester City. His commitment to the sport extends beyond his coaching roles, as he serves as a coach and mentor for the Football Association of Wales, contributing to the development and enhancement of football standards within the country. With an impressive background, including his previous roles as the technical director of Colwyn Bay Football Club and Head Coach at Connah’s Quay, Matt has exhibited a deep understanding of the game, coupled with exceptional leadership skills. Currently serving as the first-team manager at Llanrwst Football Club, his dedication and proven track record in developing talent make him an outstanding addition to our coaching team. We are enthusiastic about the knowledge, passion, and expertise that Matt will bring to our Senior Academy, further enriching the learning and growth opportunities for our aspiring young footballers.
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Alice Verrier
Alice works alongside our coaching team and provides comprehensive support and training to our student-athletes, focusing not only on skill development but also on their physical conditioning and overall well-being. Alice plays a crucial role within the football academy by bringing specialised expertise in physical fitness, injury prevention, and athletic development. Some of the key aspects involve:
- Physical Preparation: Alice designs tailored training programs focusing on building strength, speed, agility, and endurance specific to football. This helps young athletes develop their physical capabilities, reducing injury risks and enhancing performance on the field.
- Injury Prevention: Alice understands the physical demands of football and implements injury prevention strategies. She educates players on correct warm-ups, recovery techniques, and correct movement patterns to minimise the risk of injuries.
- Optimised Performance: Alice works on improving overall athletic performance, including power, flexibility, and coordination, which are crucial for football. This enhances players’ abilities, enabling them to perform at their peak during matches.
- Individualised Training: Alice assesses each player’s strengths and weaknesses to create personalised training plans. This approach helps in addressing specific needs, maximising the potential of each player.
- Nutritional Guidance: Alice provides guidance on nutrition and hydration, emphasizing the importance of a balanced diet to fuel performance, aid recovery, and promote overall well-being.
- Monitoring and Evaluation: Alice continuously monitor progress and adapts training programmes accordingly. Regular assessments help track improvements and identify areas needing further development.
- Psychological Support: Alice assists in developing mental toughness and resilience, crucial for athletes to handle pressure situations and maintain focus during games.
Having a strength and conditioning coach in a football academy contributes significantly to the holistic development of young players, helping them reach their full potential both physically and mentally within the sport. The collective expertise and dedication of our football academy staff significantly elevates the quality of coaching and support provided to our young athletes within the Football Academy. Their commitment to fostering an environment aligned with our school’s ethos and philosophy further enhances the development and growth opportunities for our students.