About Us

“IF YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN IT SIMPLY,
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT WELL ENOUGH.”


The Football Colleges philosophy, is to provide an exceptional educational environment with outstanding teaching and academy coaching. Further Education is about taking the first step away from school, getting work ready and becoming mature enough to take the next step again into the real world of employment or higher education.
The learning environment is a key aspect of the experience we offer. The Education Campus sits within the heart of the professional football stadium providing a truly unique learning experience for every player/student. With smaller class sizes than you would experience in a main site College Campus you will receive a greater level of 1-1 support and grow much more quickly into your environment. From this, we develop creative thinkers and good decision makers through instruction, guidance and independent thinking.
The Football College established back in 2012 and has grown massively in the past few years starting off with 12 students to now having over 100.  All staff are University graduates with full teaching qualifications and UEFA qualified meaning staff are able to pass on their experiences to develop the players.
TFC has links with local schools, Local Leagues, Semi-professional Teams.


The Football College Staff


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HEAD OF EDUCATION: MIKE WATERWORTH

Having previously taught at Bury College, Mike joined The Football College in 2012 as Head of Education. With his unique insight having undertaken the same College programme as a youngster that he now overseas as a teacher, Mike is well placed to guide and advise our player/students on their journey through Further Education, and into Higher Education if that is their aim, via the The Football University. 
Key Qualifications:
BA (Hons) Degree in Sports Coaching

ProGraduate Diploma in Education (Level 6 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector)
FA Level 2 in Coaching Football
FA Level 2 in the Treatment and Management of Injuries in Football
First Aid, Child Protection and DBS Qualified

 

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Lydia joined our team at The Football College in March 2014 from Ashcotts Solicitors where she had excelled in the areas of Business Administration and office procedures. Supporting the teaching staff with admin support and coordinating open days Lydia is an important part of the team as well as acting as front of house at the Education Campus within the Football Stadium. Lydia also oversees all branding and media via all twitter feeds as well as FCTV.
 Key Qualifications:
Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sports Development

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sports Development
FA Level 1 in Coaching Football
First Aid, Child Protection and DBS Qualified

 

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HEAD OF FOOTBALL: KYLE HALL

Kyle joined The Football College in 2017 as Head of Football. Having previously spent the last 5 years coaching in the U.S in various roles such as Technical Director & Director of Coaching he has gained valuable experiences through working with different age groups and abilities. He also spent his last year in the states as the Assistant Coach at Suffolk University Mens Soccer (D3). 
Key Qualifications:
UEFA ‘B’ Licence 
FA Youth Award
FA Youth Award Module 1, 2 and 3 
FA Coaching Disability 
FA Level 1 in Talent Identification
First Aid, Child Protection and DBS Qualified 

 

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TUTOR/COACH: LANCE JONES

Lance operates as The Football College (Manchester Campus) Lead Tutor; he achieved a BA Hons Degree P.E, Sport & Dance 2008-2012 Liverpool John Moores University, whilst also playing a good standard of semi-pro football for clubs such as TraffordFC. Lance is also a qualified FA Coach, Personal trainer & Gym instructor.After spending time within the high school setting as a PE teacher at Poynton High School & Blessed Thomas Holford High School, Lance chose to challenge himself and take a lead role within FE education in its early stages as the mix of high educational standards coupled with the football participation to match Lance’s skill set.  

Key Qualifications:
BA Hons Degree P.E, Sport & Dance

Personal trainer & Gym instructor
FA Level 2 Football Coach
First Aid, Child Protection and DBS Qualified