Meet the team
At Goal Coaching we have a fantastic team of coaches some of which have played professionally or coach at various professional academies,
Martin has over 12 years experience coaching in a professional capacity. He has spent 3 years coaching in America near New York City, 5 years working at The FA as part of the FA Skills Programme. He has also worked with Stoke City Girls RTC and is currently in his third season as Head Coach of Manchester United Girls U11s.
Relevant Qualifications – UEFA B License, FA Youth Award, FA Level 2 Futsal, FA Mentoring Adults, FA Disabilities Coaching, FA Talent ID, Multi-Skills Level 2, Afpe level 3
Martin’s favourite football memory was being surprised by his Dad when he was 8 years old, taken out of school at lunch time to catch a ferry to Rotterdam. Then watched Manchester United beat Barcelona 2-1 in the pouring rain of the 1991 European Cup-winners Cup final, and saw his hero Bryan Robson lift the trophy.
James is a very experienced football coach with over 10 years of experience. James began volunteering at Congleton Rovers and has moved on to establish an impressive career. His first opportunity came at Crewe Alexandra Football Club as a Performance Analyst. He has since worked with the England Squad operations team based at St George’s Park. During this time he had the opportunity to work with Wales, Japan, and Brazil national youth teams. In 2018 James lived and worked in Brazil with Clube Atlético Mineiro as a coach and analyst. Alongside his current role here at Goal Coaching James also coaches at Stoke City Boys Academy.
Relevant Qualifications – UEFA B License, Advanced certificate in Science & Football (Liverpool John Moores University), Prozone Level 3 Performance Analysis, BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sports Development and Fitness.
James’ most memorable football moment was ‘That night in Instabul’ 2005 Champions League final. From heartbreak to ecstasy as his beloved Liverpool came from 3-0 down at halftime to 3-3 before winning on penalties against AC Milan.
Mark is a retired war veteran turned football coach. He began his football journey when 2 of his 4 children joined Congleton Rovers JFC and Mark started as a volunteer coach, a role that he still maintains today. Mark is a Manchester United coach and works in their Street Reds programme around Greater Manchester. He is also a Head Chef at the BBC and as such is a great source of information for health and nutrition advice for young footballers.
Relevant Qualifications – FA Level 2 coaching football, Multi Skills Level 2, FA Level 1 Futsal, FA Level 1 Goalkeeper coaching
Mark has many football memories from his time in military service playing football all over the world. His most memorable moment as a supporter of his beloved Newcastle United was flying home from Gibraltar to watch Alan Shearer’s debut and witness his first one-arm salute in black and white.
Football runs in the family for Mark, his grandfather was Bill Curry, Centre forward for Newcastle United scoring 184 career goals. His Great-Uncle was Tom Curry who also played for Newcastle United and as a coach for Manchester United before becoming a tragic victim of the Munich Air Disaster.
Jack started coaching in 2018 when studying for his Sports Degree at University. Jack is very experienced at working with grassroots football clubs having helped to form a local football club, Kypersley Knights, coaching their Under 9s team. As well as his role at Goal Coaching Jack always works as an Associate PE Teacher. Jack is also a current player for Congleton Town FC where he usually plays at Centre Back.
Relevant Qualifications – BSc PE & Youth Sport Coaching (1st Class Honours), FA Level One in Coaching Football, FA Talent ID Level 1, Level 3 Sports Leadership Award, Currently studying for PGCE in secondary PE and FA Level 2.
Jack’s favourite football memory was winning a National Tournament in Blackpool for Biddulph Strikers when he was 8 years old.