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Welcome to the website of the Martin Gray Football Academy, one of the leading football academies in the north east!

The Martin Gray Football Academy offers a high standard of professional football coaching at schools and academies at several places in the north east – such as Darlington, Shildon, Newton Aycliffe, Ferryhill, Durham, and Sunderland – as well as running coaching and activity courses during the school holidays. The MGFA has organised behind the scenes tours of Manchester United’s Old Trafford , Manchester City’s Ethiad and Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium in the past years, as well as a trip with BTEC students to Barcelona!

The MGFA also enjoys a very good working relationship with Darlington College.

Martin is a former professional footballer with Sunderland, Oxford United and Darlington, when he was the manager of Darlington Football Club, he had guided them to three promotions in four seasons from the Northern League to the Vanarama National League North — an unparalleled achievement. He is the most successful manager in the club’s 134 year history.

Also among the coaches are Brian Atkinson and Sean Gregan, both of whom have played at the highest level of professional football in the country. Just like Martin, Brian has played at Wembley, while Sean has won championship winning medals with Preston North End and West Bromwich Albion.

Browse through our website to learn more about what the Martin Gray Football Academy has to offer!

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Martin Gray Football Academy @ Darlington College

Level 2 and 3 – Extended Certificate in Sports with Football.
Develop football skills and fitness, with high level professional coaching.

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