Horsfall College Of Sport – Staff

Academy Head Coach Dave Haley

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Current Team
Horsfall College
Past Teams
Huddersfield Town Academy

Dave Haley is a professional youth development football coach from Leeds. He is one of a very small number of coaches in the England that holds the UEFA “A” Advanced Coaching Licence, the new FA Advanced Youth Award and a BA (Hon) Degree in Sports Management. On top of this he has 21 years’ experience of developing young players within Professional Academies: Huddersfield Town (13 years), Bradford City (7 years), and 1 season with Leeds United. He has coached over 30 young players that have gone on to gain professional contracts, including 9 young players who have made international appearances for their country.

SCL Tutor Elliot Mather

Current Team
Horsfall College

BA (HONS ) Physical Education, PGCE Secondary Physical Education

I always been interested in working in a sporting environment. At school I assisted at a primary school as part of my work experience. I learnt how rewarding teaching is and helping young people better themselves has always given me great joy. From then on I knew teaching was a carer path I wanted to follow and strived first towards getting a degree in PE and then taking the next step with my PGCE. It’s a great set up and course to not only teach but study in.

Coach Mick Wood

Current Team
Horsfall College

Blackburn Rovers F.C.      1968 – 1978       147 League Appearances

                                                                        3rd Division Champions 1975

Bradford City F.C.             1978 – 1982        146 League Appearances

                                                                        4th Division Promotion 1981

Halifax Town F. C.             1982 – 1984        82 League Appearances

                                                                       Total League Appearances 375

In 1983 as I neared the end of my playing career I obtained my F.A. Preliminary Coaching Award (now known as the F.A. Level 2). In 1985 after 2 years of studying I also obtained the F.A. Diploma in the “Treatment and Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries” which I then put to use working at the Bradford City Centre of Excellence. I progressed to coaching at the centre and eventually over the years coached all of the age groups finishing with the U16’s. In 1987 while I was working in Sports Development I obtained my F.A. Full Licence Award and in 1996 this was then converted to the UEFA “A” Coaching Licence Award.

Over the years I have coached Bradford University Football teams. I also had a short spell in Perth, Western Australia coaching for the WA F.A.

And I also managed Bradford City Women’s F.C for 4 seasons and took them, via 2 promotions and 2 cup wins, to the National Premier League for the first time in their history.