All players have to be highly motivated and committed to improve all aspects of their game - the environment is very positive and enjoyable with players allowed and encouraged to express themselves. We regularly receive supportive comments from the parents of our players. . . . .

"My son joined Alan's profootball academy in 2013.  It's been a pleasure to watch him develop into the player he has become.  I credit this to Alan and his coaches, their methods and professionalism whilst at the same time creating a friendly environment. l can only speak from my own experience but if I was asked about pro-football I would highly recommend it" .... Tony Windows, Feb 2017.

" My son Keiran has been part of the profootball academy for 6 years. He has enjoyed every minute and the staff and training are the best you can find" .... Mrs Sharon Shepley.

"Being part of the Stockport County academy for the last year has improved my game all round and I enjoy every aspect of the coaching. I am now part of the under 16 squad and will be looking to progress to the full time educational programme when I leave school" .... Lewis France (Player).

"After my son spent 6 years at another football league academy, we didn’t know what to expect from the Pro Football Academy. But from the first minute he felt a part of the set up. Welcomed and believed in. Although my son has only been at the Pro Football Academy with Alan and his team for a few months, the amount my son has benefited has been extraordinary. Not just in his footballing ability but also in his self-belief which is a major part of the programme. The team have a way of bringing out the best in the players using techniques from their vast experience. The sessions are well organised and planned out and ALL staff are very approachable.
The potential for the players to progress to further education is the icing on the cake. For the chance to play football whilst getting further education is many players dreams". . . .  Mr Carl McDonald.

"Since Brandon joined your Saturday Football program, some five years ago, there has been a tremendous improvement to all aspects of his game, these include: his football abilities on and off the pitch, improvements in his fitness levels, which also includes an understanding of his own fitness requirements, he has also learned how to interact with like-minded individuals in various quite often challenging situations, this has led to the realisation that he is stronger as part of an effective team than an individual. 
As a parent I can happily reflect in the knowledge that Brandon’s abilities on the football pitch have increased alongside the learning of many more valuable life lessons, these will stay with him and help him progress where ever his career takes him.
Thanks for your professional approach and support over the last few years" .... Mr Mark Nolan.

"The TPFA has been a big part of my sons development in football , starting with RESPECT he has matured as a footballer . The skills , fitness and ethos the TPFA follow is nothing less than outstanding and has been for us a privilege to be a part of" .... Colin Wright, Leon's Father.

"My son started at the pro academy in 2010 for most of that time he attended twice a week. With circa 40 pupils, it has amazed me that I have never seen a   Discipline issue. Great code of conduct" .... Mr Kevin Shepley.

"​We would definitely recommend TPFA to anyone who is committed to football. It's hard work but it really pays off. After years of trekking to various academies we have realised the time and effort spent at TPFA supersedes any of them. The cost is minimal in comparison to the time you spend travelling to different clubs. Our son, Jack has never been happier in his football than he is now. The coaches are encouraging and nurturing, if your son has a passion for football this is the place for him" .... Ian and Jayne Cunningham

"A professional nurturing regime with the emphasis on development in a safe and encouraging environment .We are really pleased that our son is there and benefiting from the program, he loves it, and his development on and off the pitch is testament to quality of training" ..... Mr Phillips, Max's Father.

I think exceptionally well organised, pushes the boys and they gain lots of positive attitude and training. Never in all the years Finley has attended, did he not want to go !! Excellent coaching, caring, skilled and fun, thank you for everything.  Mrs Stanyer, Finley's Mum.


If you would like to trial with us then please fill in a short application form ......... click here

The accepted players endure a rigorous 3 hour coaching session each week.This will include fitness, technical drills that cover many aspects of attacking and defending and tactical aspects that will be viewed and monitored in the final hour of the session where several small sided games take place.

Our older players aged 15/16 represent Stockport County under 16 youth development squad.

The Pro Football Academy

The profootball academy elite coaching and development programme is based in Stockport, Cheshire. It runs continuously on a Saturday morning and is predominantly for talented young players aged 12 - 16 years old.

We have a limited number of places and each player accepted will firstly have to attend a trial. If you are a talented player and are aged 12-16 and wish to be coached and developed by professional coaches, then please complete the trial application at the bottom of this page.

'Positive environment, players respect each other, experienced coaches, players who want to learn !

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