Meet the Academy Staff
Matt is an experienced and dynamic UEFA ‘B’ licensed football coach who also works with young aspiring players at Championship club, Blackburn Rovers FC’s Youth Academy. Matt also scouts for the club and comes from a football family, his father is currently First Team Coach at Blackburn Rovers FC. In line with IHM Football Academy’s ethos, Matt graduated in Sport Science (BSc Hons – Liverpool Hope University) in May 2014 and with a double Distinction BTEC award, as well as a PTTLS teaching qualification, is perfectly placed to tutor and lecture on the academic side of the programme. Matt is a perfect addition to the IHM Football Academy coaching team, perfectly complimenting the professional playing experience brought by Frank Sinclair (ex-Chelsea FC & Jamaica) and Jon Macken (Man City FC and Preston North End).
David Raven has enjoyed a 14-year career as a professional footballer representing clubs in England and Scotland. As well as playing in the English Premiership, the Scottish Premiership, League 1 and League 2, David has competed in Europe and in cup finals, winning the Scottish Cup final in 2015 with Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He started out as a centre back playing youth football for Tranmere Rovers, before moving to Liverpool in 2004, where on the advice of first team coaches, he first started playing full-back, a position he made his own when he moved to Carlisle in League One in 2006. Following stints at Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere he was signed by Terry Butcher at Inverness. At “Caley” David finished runner up in the Scottish League Cup in 2014 before winning silverware 2015, a year in which they also came 3rd in the Scottish Premiership. In his time with the club he also started his coaching journey, gaining his UEFA B in 2015 and his A licence in 2017 and training the clubs underage teams. Moving south in 2017, David played at Wrexham and continues to turn out for Warrington Town in the Northern Premier, and as well as coaching with IHM, he has coached at Wrexham and Everton. As a coach, David works to ensure players have the belief, desire to win and self-discipline needed to represent themselves and their team with distinction on the pitch.
Frank Sinclair is a retired professional footballer who was born in England with Jamaican roots. He represented Chelsea from the age of 11, signing professional forms at 18 and making his professional debut while on loan at West Brom. During his time with Chelsea, Frank won the FA Cup in 1996-97, the League Cup in 1997-98 and the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup in 1997-98, playing alongside some of the greats of the modern game like Ruud Gullit and Gianfranco Zola. Frank also collected silverware with Leicester City, winning the League Cup in 1999-2000 under Martin O’Neill, before representing clubs like Burnley and Huddersfield Town with distinction. He also represented Jamaica at the 1998 World Cup. Since getting his coaching badges (he has a UEFA A coaching licence), Frank has held coaching or managerial posts with Colwyn Bay, Hednesford Town and Oldham under 16s and is currently assistant manager with non-league Radcliffe Borough. The Chelsea legend also appears regularly on the Chelsea T.V., offering insightful analysis on Blues’ fixtures.
Chris is an FA qualified football coach with over 19 years’ experience in the sports and fitness Industry.
Chris has also trained and qualified as a strength & conditioning coach, fitness coach and personal trainer.
He especially likes to work with young players to improve mental attitude, performance and self-development. He is passionate about helping players to realise their true potential.
Chris is a military veteran who has served as a Combat Medic for 8 years, including a tour of Iraq, where he worked as part of a field hospital team.
An area in which Chris has excelled is coaching and managing women’s football, working with Sheffield United Ladies and more recently leading Bury FC Women to 2 cup finals and a third place finish in the league.
Chris genuinely loves sport and fitness, spending his spare time recording sports and fitness podcasts and practising Olympic lifting. He also runs his own gym where he works with athletes from a broad range of sports. Furthermore, he also runs a sports consultancy and mentoring service for both coaches and athletes alike.
“Jonathan Paul “Jon” Macken is an English-born Irish footballer, who retired having represented some of England’s biggest clubs.
Beginning his career with Premier League side Manchester United in 1995, he then joined Preston North End and managed to notch up 63 goals in 189 league matches until his departure to Manchester City in 2002. Macken eventually made his first Premier League appearance for City and made 51 appearances during his three years there, notably scoring against United in the Manchester derby in 2004.
He signed for Crystal Palace in 2005 and whilst there moved to Ipswich Town on loan. In 2007 he moved again to Derby County. Jon then went on to play for various other UK pro clubs; Barnsley, Walsall, Northwich Victoria, before joining Stockport County briefly in 2013. He has one international cap for the Republic of Ireland, which he earned in 2004 whilst a City player.”
Having got his “UEFA A” coaching license, Jon now manages Radcliffe Borough and coaches with the IH Manchester Manchester international football academy .
Michael Brennan (Mick) is one of the four directors. Mick is a UEFA “B’ licensed qualified football coach and has a degree in Sports Science & Management from the University of Central Lancashire, as well as many years experience managing youth sports coaching programs. Mick began his career in the sports industry in 1996 as apprentice coach with the Premiership football team, Blackburn Rovers FC. Mick then went on to become the Senior Community Development Officer at the club, managing an indoor football facility and a team of sports coaches. This makes him well placed to work with our football students and to pass on his experience.
The School is owned by the directors; Peter Hayes, Michael Brennan, Katie Hayes and John Glew-O’Leary. Peter is a law graduate from the University of Westminster and worked as the Manager of the Business Centre at inlingua Cheltenham for seven and a half years from May 1999 until he left in November 2006.
Peter has been in the English language teaching industry since 1991, starting his English teaching career in Verona, Italy. He then went on to take the RSA University of Cambridge Diploma in EFL with the Bell School in Norwich. In Summer 1996 Peter took his first management job being appointed as Director of Studies at Stafford House School of English in Canterbury. By 1998 Peter was co-running ASPECT Oxford, a large and modern English language school with up 350 students aged between 12 and 25 years.
Director and Principal
John is from Ireland and graduated in Economics from University College Cork. During his teaching career, John has worked in China where as Director of Studies he managed a large team of English language teachers. John has also worked in Ethiopia as a volunteer when he was younger. John holds the Cambridge DELTA qualification.
Director and Registrar
Katie has a degree in French and Italian and completed her CELTA qualification at International House London. She then went on to teach English in Italy and the Czech Republic. When she returned to the UK in 1996 she worked for Halifax bank for several years and then joined the company in 2008. She now looks after the finance, accounts and bookings for IH Manchester.