ACADEMY-LINKS is run by professional footballers with over 16 years’ experience playing football in leagues ranging from the premier league to conference and non-league levels along with international appearances.
ACADEMY-LINKS football coaches are all current or ex-professional footballers and will be qualified to a minimum Level 2 in coaching with many of our coaches having a UEFA B License. All our coaches are cleared through the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
ACADEMY-LINKS coaches are enthusiastic, confident and have genuine football experience to base their coaching upon. With this level of experience in the game, you will get a great insight into the life of a footballer and come to view and learn from the team what it truly takes to succeed in the footballing world.
ACADEMY-LINKS has been developed to link football at all levels of the game, offering greater opportunities to players of all ages and abilities. Whether you are in the footballing system or trying to make your way into it ACADEMY-LINKS aims to give you the chance to train and play like a pro.
ACADEMY-LINKS football coaches pride themselves on being suitable role models and mentors. Our coaches are both professional and approachable and have the ability to motivate players through each session, where players will develop values and standards that our coaches have gained through their own experiences and professional playing careers.
At ACADEMY-LINKS we will stretch the players both physically and mentally to gain that sense of achievement yet while having fun and enjoying the greatest game invented... FOOTBALL!!
"I had the pleasure to manage John McGrath at Burton Albion FC for 3 seasons. In that time John was not only a great footballer and captain but a great role model and professional. His enthusiasm and knowledge of the game was a great help to me as a first time manager. John possesses a passion for the game and I know he would be a fantastic coach."
Birmingham city 1992-1994, 1996
Stoke city 1994-1996
West Bromwich Albion 1996-1997
Fulham FC 1997-2001
Sheffield United 2001-2004
Derby County 2004-2007
Canada 55 Caps
Burton Albion FC