A former England U21 international goalkeeper, Andy retired from professional football in January 2014 after a 22 year professional career. After beginning his career as a trainee with Norwich City, the shot-stopper made his first-team debut on 27 December 1994 as a substitute in an away match at Nottingham Forest. He later went on to establish himself as Norwich’s number one, including being voted as ‘Player of the Year’ for the 2000-01 campaign. Following three years at Norwich’s East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town, Andy moved to Millwall in March 2004 and helped the London side reach the FA Cup Final, where he put in an outstanding performance despite an eventual defeat against Manchester United. Andy joined Coventry City in the summer of 2006 and spent three years at the Ricoh Arena, which included winning the ‘Player of the Year’ title for 2006-07 after a season of outstanding performances. He joined Martin O’Neill’s Aston Villa side in August 2009 spending four seasons at the premier league giants taking on several roles as goalkeeper and goalkeeper coach.
John has run his own insurance business for over 20 years and is Andy’s father. John has vast knowledge of the amateur game, having run both junior and senior teams, as well as a firm understanding of the dedication needed for children to progress to professional level. A passionate supporter of football at levels, John is already enjoying his role as Director of Sells Goalkeeping Academy and assisting the development of ‘keepers at all levels.
A former goalkeeper with Grimsby Town, Burnley and Norwich City, Paul will be leading the coaching for many of the Sells Goalkeeping Academy courses. After starting his career at Nottingham Forest, he actually made his professional debut for local rivals Notts County but is perhaps best remembered for his spell at Blundell Park, where was virtually an ever-present for three seasons and also picked up the Player of the Year trophy. Paul started his coaching career as player-coach with both Gillingham and Cambridge United, and also had a spell at Brighton and Hove Albion before joining Norwich City as goalkeeping coach under Bryan Gunn at the start of the 2009-10 campaign. Paul left Norwich City for Sheffield United where he spent two and a half years. Paul has recently joined the backroom staff at Huddersfield Town becoming the first team goalkeeping coach.
A former Welsh international, Andy made his professional debut on his 17th birthday for Cardiff City, before establishing himself as the club’s first choice goalkeeper. An experienced number one, he spent nine years at Manchester City but is often remembered for the world-class penalty save he made for Luton Town against Arsenal in the League Cup final, which proved to be a turning point in the game as Luton run out as 3-2 winners. He finished his playing career at Accrington Stanley, before turning his hand to coaching. He has also held the position of goalkeeping coach at Coventry City and was part of Darren Ferguson’s coaching staff at Peterborough United when The Posh achieved two consecutive promotions. He joined Rotherham United as goalkeeping coach in 2009.
Scott joined Sells Goalkeeping Academy at the tender age of only 23, but has already held some very highly regarded roles within youth football. Since leaving college in 2007 he went to work at highly respected Coerver Coaching before moving to Chelmsford City FC in 2008 as youth goalkeeper coach and his current role at South Essex College where he coaches as part of the football academy set up. In 2012 scott began working at QPR academy coaching the young keepers earning the well deserved recognition he deserved. Alongside these roles, he has achieved the UEFA B and Goalkeeper Level 2 coaching certificates and has learnt from some the best and most respected names in the business such as Alex Walsh, Colin Barnes and the England under 21 and National Goalkeeper Coach Martin Thomas. Scott is now QPR Goakeeping Coach for their Youth Team.Scott runs our Tiptree Academy, Thundersley Academy and Hertford Academy.
A former professional goalkeeper, Malcolm made over 600 appearances in a distinguished career, which included time at Arsenal, Fulham, Southend United and Cambridge United. After turning to coaching, Malcolm joined Ipswich Town in 1994 and spent ten years at the club, which included promotion to the Premiership and a key role in developing goalkeeper Richard Wright, who was later sold to Arsenal for £6-million. Malcolm then worked with Burley again at Derby County, Hearts and Southampton and also coached at Norwich City, where he worked with England goalkeeper Robert Green, as well as SGA Director Andy Marshall. Since 1994, Malcolm has coached over 600 goalkeepers, which have included numerous high-profile internationals, including Green, Wright, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
Currently Head Physiotherapist at Rushden and Diamonds FC, Simon is registered with the Health Professions Council. In addition to his position of an FA Welfare Officer and FA Child Protection Tutor, Simon is a registered first-aider and has 20 years’ experience of dealing with professional sportsmen and women. Simon will oversee all of the welfare aspects of Sells Goalkeeping Academy. In his spare time, Simon enjoys spending time with his family.
Currently Strength and Conditioning Coach at Sunderland FC, Jim is a former Scottish Judo international, who also won his country’s national title in the sport. After switching sports to go into professional football, Jim joined Celtic Football Club as fitness coach, before following Martin O’Neill down to Villa Park at the start of the 2006-07 season. Highly-rated by his peers, he has developed numerous personal fitness and nutrition plans for top Premiership and international football stars.
A well-respected sports PR professional, Jo has a wealth of experience in the private and public sector, which has included working for 14 years in professional football. After starting her career working for local and regional newspapers, Jo joined Derby County as Press and Player Liaison Officer in 1997 and spent five and a half years and the then Premiership side, before moving to Coventry City as Press and PR Manager in 2002. During her time with the Midlands club, she established and led an in-house communications department and oversaw a number of key events, including the move to the Ricoh Arena. During her time in football, Jo has also worked on high-profile events, including senior and Under 21 England games and the Football League play-off fixtures. She has also held the position of Senior Press Officer at Loughborough University, where she developed a PR campaign for the launch of the adidas 2010 World Cup football, which was developed at the university.
The holder of a Masters Degree in Sports Science, Dave has spent twelve years working in professional football. His expertise doesn’t only lie in football however, with Dave previously working with Guinness Premiership side London Irish, Surrey County Cricket side and the English Institute of Sport. An experienced video analyst, who is also a member of the NSCA, BASES and ISPAS, he has produced numerous motivational, instructional and promotional videos for a wide range of sporting audiences. Dave is married with three children.
Amanda is our newest member of the team. Introduced to the company by Ian Jackson - our Technical Director whom she has known for a number of years she is based in the office offering much needed admin support to the business as well as driving us forward from a sales and marketing point of view. Her background is in marketing primarily within the retail industry in which she has 13 years experience, more recently Amanda has been concentrating on bringing up her two young girls but is relishing this new challenge which has come just at the right time for her.
Peter Dale joined SGA in June 2012. Millwall Youth Team Player played with Crystal Palace until he fractured his kneecap.He played semi-professional for Carshalton Athletic, Dulwich Hamlet and Bromley Town still plays on Saturday afternoons. As well as SGA he is coach for the London FA at their Player Development Centre in Eltham, GK coach and assistant manager for Ebbsfleet United Ladies FC and GK coach for a FA Charter standard Chartered Community Club called Glebe FC in Bromley who have over 27 teams between ages 6 - 18. Peter is Gillingham FC Centre of Excellence Goalkeeping Coach. Peter runs our South East London - North Kent Academy.
Tom is Head of Academy Goalkeeping with Charlton Athletic Football Club, working specifically with U18 Goalkeepers, whilst overseeing U9-U16 goalkeeping programme.Tom works day to day with youth International goalkeepers, delivering the goalkeeper coaching programme, combined with analysing & evaluating the performance of all Academy Goalkeepers. Tom has successfully run Sells Goalkeeping Academy in Crawley for a number of months, raising the standard of local goalkeeping, with a number of goalkeepers receiving trials at professional clubs around the area. Tom has completed a full time degree in Football Studies (BA Hons), combined with achieving UEFA B Licence in outfield & goalkeeping. Tom's completed all 3 FA Youth Module Awards. Tom has a very modern approach to goalkeeping, ensuring that every goalkeeper receives precise attention to detail.
A former Bermuda international, Jay made his senior team appearance in Bermuda at only 15yrs old at Pembroke Hamilton Club (“P.H.C”). After establishing himself as the club’s first choice Goalkeeper, Jay pursued a further education in the US by attending Alabama A&M University where he was awarded the #1 jersey as a freshman and represented the State Select Regional team. While studying for his Master’s Degree, Jay coached at numerous goalkeeper camps, local soccer clubs and at a local high school. After graduation, Jay returned to Bermuda and continued to play in goal for P.H.C and Bermuda’s Senior National Team. While competing locally, Jay was a key member of the team who won all domestic trophies. At his local club, Jay introduced regular goalkeeper training for the youth program. Jay has enrolled in the NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 and 2 courses in the US. These courses will be conducted in San Antonio, Texas in December 2012. Jay is due to open Acadamies with Sells Goalkeeping Academy early 2013.
Chris played representative football for South Australia at national identification championships placed on standby for young Socceroos he represented Australia in Japan in Futsal indoor soccer. He trialled in the UK with Glasgow Rangers & Middlesbrough(1990) he has also coached at University & College level in Texas USA(1998).A former senior Federation keeper. Chris is a former Development officer with old South Australian Soccer Federation(1994-1996) more recently a former junior rep team goalkeeping coach for the local controlling body(2008).Since 2007 he has run his own goalkeeping academy with 5 sessions at 3 venues as well as 4 sessions of club senior/junior keeper coaching per week and has had many boys make local development and representative squads or teams.Chris is junior and youth qualified with immediate plans to gain senior Asian Football Confederation ( AFC ) qualifications. Chris has now taken on the role as Goalkeeping Coach at Cumberland United Season 2014.
Shaun Green joined SGA in 2012 he now runs our Rugby and Rugby Elite Academies. Shaun started his Goalkeeping Coaching at 15 years old, helping out young GK's at Chippy Swifts FC. He then progressed to Coaching Oxford Ladies GK's. Shaun started coaching at Coventry City Ladies in 2010/2011. Coventry City Ladies play in the Womens FA Premier League. Shaun has exstensive Coaching experience vital to the running of Rugby Academy. Shaun has now taken on the role as Senior Coach Nottingham Forest ladies Team.
Pedro is a former professional goalkeeper who has represented South Africa at the U17, U21, and U23 levels. He signed hisfirst professional contract when he was 18-years old with Moroka Swallows FC who play in the South African Premier League. He then went on to play for Sundowns FC, which at the time was the top club in South Africa. Pedro’s playing career took him to various countries namely Portugal, Holland, USA and Canada. After ending his playing career Pedro qualified as a Personal Trainer, obtained a Sports Management Degree and has combined this knowledge with his playing experience tobecome one of the best goalkeeping coach’s in Canada. Since 2002, Pedro has run a successful goalkeeping academy enroling both Keepers at various locations in Vancouver, BC Canada. Over the years Pedro has gained a reputation for being able to develop Keepers of all ages by giving them all the tools necessary for them to be able to play at the highest level.
David signed for Peterhead FC aged 15 then went on to be selected to represent Scotland at School boy level on 3 occasions. He moved to Perth, Australia 1997 and played the state league for 2 seasons before sustaining an injury which required a lengthy absence in order to recover. In 2003 moved to Qatar with work, during which time trained with various local teams Work move again to Malaysia in 2005, spent time coaching teams with students aged between 9-17 from the various international schools. Run several coaching sessions for some of the local Malaysian team goalkeepers. Returned to Perth in 2011, since returning have been involved with two local teams coaching both junior and senior goalkeepers. Also currently pursuing higher levels of coaching badges in Australia/Asia.
Frank's Professional Football career spanned over 15 years through the Canadian Professional Circuit. He spent 3 years with Louhans Cuiseaux '71 of the French 2nd Division. After retiring he returned for a successful 4 year stint in the Canadian Soccer League as Assistant/GK Coach, winning a League Title and several League Cups. In 1998 returned to Grass Roots as Team Head Coach coaching and mentoring Elite Club Level players. Frank joined the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) in 2010 coaching some of the best provincial and Regional GK's and players. In 2012 he worked with the Candian Women's U17 National Team as Goalkeeper Coach in their quest for Gold in the 2012 Womens World Cup in Azerbaijan.
Neil Cairns career in Coaching started in 1988 as Bradford City Football in the community Goalkeeping Coach. After six years he then took on the role as Bradford City Centre of Excellence Assistant Goalkeeping Coach for two years in starting in 2002. Neil then took his Football Experience and Career to the USA coaching at their Soccer Academy as Goalkeeping Coach for five years before returning to the UK as Bradford Park Avenue Academy/Reserve Goalkeeping Coach for four years during this time taking the Club to League Champions. Neil's current role as Bolton Woods Football Coach Development Officer keeps him very busy, we look forward to seeing him at his Bradford Academy at SGA.
SGA Coach Phil Fifield joins us after returning from Italy following a trial at AC Perugia. Phil has coached youth Goalkeepers at Southend United, Barnet Ladies FC. He worked in Africa as Goalkeeper Coach at Gambian Premier League side Real de Banjul. Phil has intensive experience at Pro and Semi Pro Level at Fulham FC, Leicester City FC, Reading FC, Basingstoke Town FC, Farnborough FC, AVV Zeeburgia, Wembley FC. Phil was also part of the England Beach Soccer National Team and coached by David Seaman and Lamberto Boranga. Phil has played in Holland and Italy as well which has given him a fantastic and unique insight to the continued development of modern day Goalkeeping.
Clive started his young goalkeeping career representing both his district and county. He developed a passion for goalkeeping which remains with him today, some 35 years later! His first senior club was Sutton United where he played at youth reserve and first team level. Clive then played for a FA representative side on 2 occasions and had 2 seasons at Wimbledon FC when they first came into the football league. Clive regularly played for teams in the Rymans League for over 25 years before beginning his goalkeeper coaching qualifications. Currently Clive is First Team Coach at Staines Town FC ,Kingston College Academy, Leatherhead Youth FC and Charterhouse School. Clive was fortunate enough to take sessions at both QPR and Portsmouth FC. Coaching qualifications held Levels 1 and 2 and UEFA B licence(outfield) and Goalkeeping Levels 1 and 2 B licence.
SGA Coach Kris Scullion first started Goalkeeping playing for Celtic Boys and Scotland at youth level. Kris is currently Head Goalkeeping Coach of Old Firm Alliance Academy in Glasgow in which he coaches Goalkeepers ranging from 1998 age group to 2004. Kris is currently playing at amatuer level.
Colin started his career in 2003 Coaching Goalkeeping at High School. Colin then went on to complete his Qualification in Sports Coaching working towards his badges to coach children, youths, goalkeepers and people with disabilities. Colin coached at Dundee FC for 2 and a half years in the community and Abroath FC working with the Youth Academy. His main goal is to give Young Goalkeepers Professional Goalkeeper Coaching and for them to take their career to the highest level they can. Colin is passionate and committed and looks forward to joining the SGA Team and opening his New Academy in Lanarkshire.