Kevin O'Brien - Academy Director of Goalkeeping
Kevin is tasked with developing technically excellent goalkeepers for the Academy Programme. He is responsible for all technical and tactical development for Academy goalkeepers from nine-years-old to the senior side. He is also involved in establishing and implementing a goalkeeper syllabus for all Academy goalkeepers; monitoring and assessing performance of all goalkeeping staff; directing all assistants work and overseeing all recruitment of Academy goalkeepers.
Steve Hardwick - Academy Physiotherapist
Head physio Steve is employed by the Academy to develop, organise, co-ordinate and implement the treatment and rehabilitation of all Academy players. This includes direct medical screening and health/medical education programmes for all Academy players along with the assessment and treatment of the 8-21 years of age Academy players. This would include the development, organisation and implementation of the treatment and rehabilitation programmes and working practically with the senior Academy team (Under 18s).
Dave Eaton - Physiotherapist
Dave is responsible for all matters deemed relevant by the Head Physiotherapist. He has a specific involvement with Academy sides from the age of 9 to 16, and is involved in organising and implementing player profiles and the management of injury documentation.
Mike Dickinson - Head of Education and Welfare
Mike's duties include establishing and maintaining existing education and welfare arrangements for all Academy players. He liaises with schools, colleges and universities in matters concerning players' education and welfare along with forming links with Education establishments in order to negotiate access to players where necessary. Mike is also responsible for developing assessments and reporting procedures to monitor progress and performance of players. Another aspect to the role is overseeing all Child Protection issues affecting the Academy.
Martin Waldron - Head of Local Schoolboy Recruitment
Martin is tasked with identifying, recruiting and retaining the best schoolboys aged 5 to 16 within our catchment area. He manages a network of scouts, ensuring the best local talents are being watched through leagues, junior clubs, soccer camps, schools, festivals and development centres.