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Meet your coaches

Our partnership with DFK International Sports Ltd means that you will be coached by a highly qualified team of former professionals. Our coaches have all played at the highest level in the UK and are qualified to UEFA Pro or UEFA A Licence levels and have all enjoyed professional playing and coaching careers at an elite level.

Brian Deane


The former England forward holds the distinction of scoring the first ever Premier League goal back in 1992 with a strike for Sheffield United against Manchester United. Brian went onto play for Leeds United, Leicester City, West Ham and Middlesbrough, as well as a spell with Portuguese giants Benfica. During his career, he netted an impressive 195 goals in 653 professional games.

Brian has achieved his UEFA B and A licenses, going on to manage Sarpsborg 08 in Norway’s top division between 2012 and 2014, guiding the team to the semi-finals of the Norwegian Football Club. He has also completed his UEFA Pro Licence program.

Andy Kiwomya


Andy’s coaching career spans more than 20 years and includes a spell as manager and head of youth development at Sheffield FC – the oldest club in world football. He was also head performance coach at Huddersfield, during which time the club went on a 43 game unbeaten run.

In his playing days, Andy represented England at youth level on seven occasions and played as a striker or left winger for ten professional clubs including Bradford City, Rotherham United, Sheffield Wednesday and Dundee.

He is a UEFA A license coach and his roles have technical coach, fitness conditioner, life style and mental skills coach. He is completing his MSc in Advanced Sports Coaching as well as providing expert commentary for the BBC.

Noel Whelan


A former Premier League striker with Leeds United, Coventry City and Middlesbrough, Noel was also capped twice by the England U21 side. He was also part of the Leeds youth team which beat a Manchester United side including David Beckham and Paul Scholes, both home and away in the 1993 FA Youth Cup Final.

Noel has been coaching for more than eight years and is currently studying for his UEFA A License, having already achieved his UEFA B License. He is a former Academy coach at Derby County where he spent three years and has spent time working at Leeds United and Notts County.

He is also an expert commentator on BBC radio for Leeds United games.

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