Ready To Make The Game Fun Again

Thursday January 12, 2017 at 11:38am
Helping youngsters achieve a professional football career.

It might sound like a pipedream for many, but for the players that receive coaching at the AA Sports Centre, it could become a reality.

The centre, based in Shildon in the North East, is one of our accredited football centres and is owned by Alun Armstrong, who played more than 350 games in a professional career that saw him play for teams including Stockport, Middlesbrough and Ipswich, crashing in nearly 100 goals.

Signed by Boro for £1.6m, he maintains strong links with the club and is using his state of the art centre to help young footballers get the same chances he had.
The website says: the Academy “will be able to provide exit routes through to Development Centres as well as Academy trials once we believe the player is ready as this is our main aim, to help provide routes into football as a professional career and enhance grass roots football without pulling players away from their local grass roots clubs.”

It continues: “The Academy will aid the development of young players through a high level of coaching in a safe and professional environment. The coaches will work on individual player techniques and aim to fulfil each player’s potential.”

The centre was accredited with the highest score possible by UKMA assessors, who commented on the “superb facilities” on offer.

In an interview in the Northern Echo when the facility was opened England World Cup winner Geoff Hurst, Armstrong said the prime aim of his staff was to put the enjoyment back in football: He said: “He said: “Without doubt the fun has been lost, be it through pushy parents or club academies putting pressure on youngsters, whatever the reason we want to make it fun again.”

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