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The Martin Gray Football Academy has established a state of the art Football Academy at the Eastbourne Sports Complex, Darlington complete with a full size 3G pitch, a formal football pitch, several practice pitches, a gymnasium and a fully equipped academic training suite.

The Eastbourne Sports Complex now also acts as headquarters for the established Martin Gray Football Academies currently operating in Greenfield Community College Newton Aycliffe, Wellfield Community School, Southmoor Sunderland, Boldon Comprehensive Sunderland, Longfield Academy Darlington and DSMS Academy Darlington and will be formally opened by Irish International and Premiership goal keeper Shay Given on Tuesday 4th Feb at 14.00 hrs.

Eastbourne Sports Complex, MGFA

Currently on loan with Middlesbrough from Aston Villa Shay has had a tremendously successful career embracing over 100 caps playing for Ireland in a distinguished international career spanning 18 years. Shay, who played with Martin at Sunderland, also played for Newcastle and Manchester City. He will formally open the academy and tour the facilities before answering question on his illustrious career and the current football scene.

The Martin Gray Football Academy (MGFA) is a leading provider in football coaching in the North East of England and has recently developed a revolutionary academic improvement package through the vehicle of football and football academies.

Starting out as a standalone football coaching provider for youngsters outside of the school curriculum for boys and girls from 4 – 16, over the past 18 months MGFA have devised and developed an innovative programme to help schools raise attainment, standards and motivation with the intention of finding the stars of the future in the classroom as well as on the pitch.


Note to sub-editors – Martin Gray and Shay Given will be available for interview/questions immediately following the Martin Gray Football Academy facility tour during which time you are welcome to take photographs or shoot video footage.

Refreshments will be provided.

Please advise any special arrangements that you may require.

For more information contact:

Denis Pinnegar                                    07970 738432