Martin Scott is taking over coaching as Sunderland College looks to take its football development centre courses to the next level.
The College, which has spent close to £50m on building and redevelopment in recent years, is aiming to become a first-class footballing hub.
Former SAFC star Scott has taken up the challenge after winning the contract to deliver elite football at the new sports academy at the Bede Campus on Durham Road.
Scott’s Improtech Soccer company has pioneered football in education at Kepier School in Houghton over the past six years.
The football coaching specialists now have the chance to do for 16-19-year-old men and ladies prospects what they have been doing for school-boy players for the past half dozen years – improving their technique to the point where many have signed for professional football academies in the North East.
Martin said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us and we are buzzing about it. Our commitment to Kepier remains and we are proud of what we have achieved there but bringing Improtech into Sunderland College is a natural next step. It allows us to extend our coaching across a new age range and it will be no surprise if Kepier pupils are among the elite intake at the college in the years to come. We want to make Sunderland College the natural first choice for talented young players who still want to make the most of their football ability after leaving school.”
Current Sunderland footballer, midfielder Ethan Robson – the very first Improtech Soccer student – was there at the official launch of the partnership.“I think it’s great for the area,” he said. “I benefited from Improtech when I was at school and the more young players experiencing Improtech coaching the better for them.”
College Faculty director John Rushworth, welcoming Improtech into the college, said: “We’re very excited to have Martin and his company on campus and making a big difference already. The men have won their first two games, including a 4-2 win over the Foundation of Light this week. But this is a long-term project and over the next few years our aim is nothing less than making Sunderland College the go-to place for talented male and female footballers in the North East who want to make the most of their skills while also getting the best possible education.”