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Shay Given Cuts the Ribbon

Shay Given cutting the ribbon, with Martin Gray and two children from Byerley Park Primary School, Newton Aycliffe.

Shay Given formally opened the Martin Gray Football Academy’s new base at the Eastbourne Sports Complex.

The complex boasts a full size pitch, several practice pitches, a gym and an academic training suite and will be a hub for the academies, which will help provide football coaching courses alongside educational courses at a strong of academic venues across the North-East.

Given said: “It’s great facilities and the kids are being educated in the classroom and on the football pitch. It’s very important that young footballers develop their education as well.”

Martin taking Shay Given to see the fabulous facilities.

The BTEC students on the facilities at the opening

See more about Shay Given on the day of the opening:


Martin Gray thrilled with new base for football academy – read the full story here.


Fans favourite Shay Given officially opens Martin Gray Football Academy


Photos above are courtesy of Andy Lamb – The Northern Echo.