Academy Staff

Glenn Vaughan – Academy Director

Glenn is a UEFA qualified coach that has taken Youth Modules 1, 2 & 3. He has worked with a number of academies (in a number of roles) including Peterborough United FC (League One), Nottingham Forest FC (Championship) and many more.

Glenn will deliver the day-to-day training with all Academy players as well as organisation of events from trials to tours.

James Alger – Goalkeeper Coach/Advisor

James brings a wealth of experience to the Academy scheme. He is a UEFA qualified coach that is working with Northampton Town FC, whilst also running his own goalkeeper school. He will come in a number of times to educate and train our goalkeepers.

Chris Palmer – Coach / Physiotherapist & Training Teacher

A qualified Sports Therapist and Sports Masseur, having trained at the ‘Medical Centre of Excellence’ at Lilleshall before going on to gain a degree in ‘Sports Therapist’ at Salford University. He has worked in the sports injury/rehabilitation departments at a number of both professional and semi-professional football clubs, such as Cambridge City, Luton Town, Norwich City, Kettering Town, Rushden & Diamonds and Spalding United. During 2012, Chris was fortunate to be selected as part of a team of therapist for the London Olympic Games in 2012 and the Commonwealth Games in 2014.


Chris is also a qualified football coach, having achieved his UEFA ‘B’ licence coaching badge in the summer of 2010. He has recently started coaching with the Arsenal Soccer Schools development centres, earning him an invite to the Emirates Cup. In 2014 Chris completed a Physchology course in sport and also undertook a multi sports activity award.


Tony Joyce – Lecturer / Squad Coach

Tony brings the course a wealth of experience in both football and education. He has been delivering Physical Education at GCSE level, as well as for BTEC in Sports courses.
He also has been a ‘Head of Physical Education’ for over twelve years. With Tony being an ex-professional footballer he has the knowledge of what it takes to become a professional.
He has played for Queens Park Rangers FC, Stevenage Borough FC & Aldershot FC.
He is a UEFA qualified coach and manager of Kempston Rovers FC in the Evo-Stik League Southern – Division 1 Central.


Academy Staff

U7 – Glenn Vaughan

U8 – Craig Barr

U9 – Dion Dexter

U10 – Andrew Bagshaw

U11 – Glenn Vaughan

U12 – Keiron Charnock

U13 – Scott Mckenzie & Jenny Woodward

Welfare Officer – Andy Cochrane –