Former Sunderland AFC player David Rush has been appointed as head coach for the Football Development Centre at Sunderland College’s Bede campus.
Rush, who turned professional footballer at the age of 18, played in the 1992 FA Cup Final against Liverpool and also played in the winning team securing promotion in 1990 into the premiership league. Prior to returning home to Sunderland, Rush also played for Oxford United, York City and Hartlepool.
As head coach Rush will act as a role model to sport students, oversee all competitive fixtures and together with the coaching team, educate over 50 footballers studying A Levels or a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence.
“I am very excited about my role at Sunderland College and am looking forward to working with the coaching team. We will be talent spotting ahead of next year’s intake and looking to combine football talent and academic ability so that we can help turn our students into first class football players. This is a great time to be joining Sunderland College.”
“I’ve high ambitions and I would like Sunderland College to win all the leagues and cups, whatever we enter in fact! I am confident that the new coaching set up will progress the football development centre to new heights”.
The college recently invested £22m in facilities, including the brand new Visual and Performing Arts and Sports centres. The facilities will include a four-court sports hall, fitness suite, classrooms and changing amenities to showcase one of the best facilities in the UK.
Graham Mytton, head of department for Sport and Tourism at Sunderland College believes the new appointment represents an excellent opportunity to take the sports division forward.
“Students in our football development centre have always received an excellent footballing and academic education but now they will benefit even more from our state of the art facilities.
“We are proud of our investment in sport facilities at Sunderland College over the past few years and now we hope to take our sporting performances to the next level as well and bring some national honours to Sunderland.”