IHM Football Academy was delighted to welcome Dave Horrocks and Mike Phelan this week to talk to the student players about careers in professional football. They worked with our young players both in the classroom and out on the pitch. The day was of huge benefit; allowing the players to meet seasoned football professionals and learn more about professional football and other related careers.

The day started with a presentation and discussion led by Dave Horrocks. Dave is renowned for his work in elite sporting performance, having worked as a consultant with Manchester United FC and numerous governing bodies, including British Cycling, the FA and the Premier League. Dave showed the players a short clip of a recent match between Newcastle United FC and PSG. They then, as a whole team, reviewed the clip to identify both the positive and negative points of the game, from each playing position and each team’s perspective. The IHM Football Academy players then had to create their own coaching session on how to improve on specific weaknesses identified in the clip.

Following on from this group work in the classroom, former Manchester United assistant coach, Mike Phelan, took the players out onto the grass. There they delivered one of the sessions that the group had prepared, before returning to the classroom to review the session and hear once again from Dave about career pathways.

It was such a great opportunity for the players to work with such inspirational and knowledgeable people from the professional game. Not many young aspiring players get the chance to be coached by Mike Phelan. Mike has had a fantastic footballing career, starting out as a player with Premier League Burnley FC and then moving on to play for Norwich City, Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion, along with winning a cap for England. Mike then moved into coaching. As a coach and manager, Mike has been at some of the biggest clubs in England and arguably at the biggest club in the world. He was assistant manager twice at Manchester United alongside Sir Alex Fergurson and Ole Gunner Solskjaer.

The day was a great boost to the IHM Football Academy players. As part of the IHM process, we always aim to explore both on-field and off-field career progressions available. Having these experienced and successful football professionals come and work with our players really helped in this regard. Hopefully we can invite the inspirational Dave and Mike to IHM Football Academy again this season.

The sessions were all part of a commitment Davies Sports has to provide career advice to schools in the UK. Davies Sports are providers of essential sport equipment for schools and clubs. Davies Sports: Play, Learn, Compete | Davies Sports

This is just one of the many learning experiences available to our young players whilst they are with us in the UK.

If you would like to be a part of the team and benefit from these opportunities, come and join us for the coming season at our Manchester or Ellesmere sites. Just contact us now for more information.