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Northern Ireland


The Playing for the Future Academy, proudly sponsored by Nike in Association with Club Sport NI, is delivered by UEFA Pro & A Licence coaches. Our NI academy is based in Belfast and Lurgan. We are proud to have a range of world class partnerships in place which ensures we are the No.1 independent youth academy in Northern Ireland. Our partnership with Ulster University ensures our players receive the benefits of a cutting edge performance development programme. We are also excited about the recently announced partnership with INCISIV which gives our academy GK's the opportunity to avail of their world class CleanSheet technology which is used by some of the games top professional clubs. 


• Ulster University partnership


• INCISIV partnership

• My Personal Football Coach partnership

• Club partnership programme & International Club partnership programme 

• Pro club tours and world class tournaments 

If you think you have what it takes to be part of our academy programme get in touch and one of our recruitment team will come and watch your son in action. Please contact us for details.


November 2021 seen us expand our programme into mainland UK with the introduction of our Huddersfield Academy. The Huddersfield Academy will initially cater for u7/u8, u9/u10, u11/u12 age groups. Entry is by trial only. Venue details below; 

5CORE, Tandem Industrial Estate, Wakefield Rd, Tandem, Huddersfield, HD5 0AL

Trials are being held on Thursday's. Click here for more details. 

Meet The Team


Thomas McStravick

Academy Director – UEFA A Licence & current English Academy coach


Steven Savage

Head of Recruitment


Paul Kirk

Coach Education - UEFA Pro Licence


Ryan Prentice

Head Coach Belfast - UEFA A Licence


Ross Redman

Academy Coach - UEFA A Licence

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Thomas Stewart

Academy Coach - UEFA A Licence & Ex professional footballer


Sean Lavery

Talent ID Officer


Darren Murphy

Academy Coach - UEFA Pro Licence


Keith O'Hara

Head Coach Lurgan - UEFA A Licence


John McStravick



Wesley Boyle

Academy Coach - UEFA B Licence & Specialist in Strength and Conditioning