MFC have entered into a partnership with the Martin Gray Football Academy which will enable MGFA to provide an opportunity for youngsters to progress into the Boro Academy system and offer a pathway into the professional game.
MFC has similar partnerships in place with a number of clubs and football academies in the UK with the aim being to attract high quality youngsters who may not necessarily have started out in our development centres or younger Academy age groups.
Boro Academy manager Craig Liddle said: “We have an excellent track record in terms of bringing youngsters into our Academy and developing them as players, and this partnership can only benefit us in terms of identifying young talented individuals.
“Martin has a wealth of experience as a player and a coach, and the MGFA attracts youngsters from all around the region.”
The Martin Gray Football Academy, which boasts a number of former professionals as coaches, works with schools and academies all around the north east as well as running coaching and activity courses during the school holidays.
Martin made over 300 Football League appearances during a career that took in Sunderland, Oxford United, and Darlington. He is also the most successful Quakers manager of all time, leading them to four promotions, starting with the Northern League in 2013.
Martin said: “I’m really proud to be working alongside MFC which is a club that I have supported personally during my youth and still do to this day.
“I am keen to see the opportunities which MGFA students will be given as a result of the partnership.
“With Craig and I being ex-team mates, I hope we are able to offer our later developing students the same opportunities we were given.
“Working alongside MFC and using both their outstanding facilities alongside our own I hope we will be able to afford these students the same excellent opportunities.”