Horsfall College Of Sport – Staff

Academy Head Coach Alex Meechan

Current Team
Horsfall College

Telford United – Assistant Manager

Barrow – Player / Assistant Manager

Bradford (Park Avenue) – Assistant Manager, Manager, Academy Head Coach

After having a professional playing career and completing my Coaching qualifications whilst being a player. The opportunity arose to become part of the management team at Telford and whilst I was in my last stint as a player, I took the decision early to solely focus on the coaching aspect of the game.

The opportunity at Telford gave me the appetite to become a coach. I enjoy seeing the  progress and development of a  team and individuals.

After gaining my A licence 3 years ago I am still ambitious to succeed in coaching and development and will always expect high standards in terms of attitude and respect.

I am constantly wanting to learn and develop myself in order to experience as much as I can to pass onto my players.


Sports Rehabilitator Tally Clayton

Current Team
Horsfall College

First class (HONS) BSc Sport Rehabilitation, FA IFAS

As a youngster I was heavily involved in sports and was always aware of the impact injuries can have on individuals and how common they are. This drove me to want to help people, especially in a sporting environment. Being a lifelong football fan and having played football it seemed the natural path to take. Since qualifying in 2015 I have worked at a number of non-league clubs but have settled at Park Avenue where I have been for the last two season.


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 Danny East

Current Team
Horsfall College

Hull City player – Coached u12s

Northampton loan- Play off final

Gillingham loan – Promoted

Portsmouth

Aldershot loan

Grimsby  – Promotion via play off final, FA trophy

Guiseley

Park Avenue to present

My footballing coaching background began when I was at Hull City as a second year youth team player. We all completed the level 1 and 2 badges but after a career threatening injury my youth team manager and coach approached me and asked if I would want to complete my UEFA B Licence. After passing this at 18 years old I knew coaching was for me. Coaching from U12s to helping my youth team coaches with sessions has given me the knowledge base and understanding of how to deliver great sessions. Since this even when playing I have tried to retain and soak in as much knowledge and techniques from my coaches  and other staff as possible. This has given me a variety of techniques and styles to adapt and make my own. I love helping players develop on and off the field and have continued to volunteer coaching at many of the clubs I have been at. Taking the youth team at BPA has been an exciting challenge and one I thoroughly enjoy. Along with Alex,Mick and SCL I am sure the college will continue to grow and thrive in the next few years.


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.