Martin Fearon – Chief Executive Officer
Martin is the Chief Executive Officer of Accrington Stanley Community Trust and has over 10 years’ experience in community development work. He joined the organisation under its original format in 2008 before making the transition to the charitable organisation which was set up in September 2010. A former Professional Footballer at Accrington Stanley and current Semi Professional Footballer having played for teams such as Chester FC, Lancaster City and Skelmersdale United. Martin holds the UEFA ‘B’ licence coaching qualification and also worked as a Goalkeeping Coach within the Academy at Accrington Stanley. Martin has excellent knowledge of the local community and will be continuing to provide opportunities through the Trust for the people of Hyndburn to access.
Lee Walsh – Head of Sport
Lee joined Accrington Stanley Community Trust in March 2013 having previously worked for 12 months as a casual coach. Lee is Head of Sport having worked in a couple of different roles at the Trust over the years. A multi skills coach with football and rounder’s qualifications as well as a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport Development from Edge Hill University, he is a vital member of the team. Having worked in sport with children and young people in various areas across the North West including Skelmersdale, Bolton, Burnley and Accrington he brings lots of experience to the role. Lee has also spent a lot of time working with young people who have special educational needs across the region as well as being a youth worker. Having grown up locally, he knows the Hyndburn area very well, has supported Accrington Stanley all of his life and working for Accrington Stanley Community Trust is his dream job. Lee will look to establish, maintain and develop links in the local area and provide sporting opportunities inclusive to everybody in the area.
Greg Aspin – Head of Education
Greg joined Accrington Stanley Community Trust as a tutor on our BTEC Football Education Scholarship Programme in April 2016. Before training to become a tutor Greg worked as a strength and conditioning coach with athletes from a range of sports including football, rugby and American football and continues to work with competitors from strengths sports such as power-lifting and strongman. Greg graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a BA (Hons) in Sport Coaching and then went onto complete a PGCE in post compulsory education and a MA in Sports Coaching. Greg has taught further and higher education sport across Lancashire, and joined from Myerscough College. Greg is now the Head of Education and will take a lead role on all BTEC courses.
Kathryn Hoyle – National Citizen Service Manager
Kathryn joined Accrington Stanley Community Trust as our National Citizen Service Officer in September 2015 having previously worked as an NCS Leader at the YMCA in Lancaster. She has qualifications in BTec Health and Social Care and BSc (Hons) Degree in Community and Youth Work Studies at Leeds Beckett University. Kathryn has worked in various young people charities across the North West including Leeds, Bradford, Lancaster and Blackburn bringing a lot of experience to the role. Kathryn has also spent a lot of time working with young people with complex needs at Blackburn Youth Zone. She will look to establish, maintain and develop links in the local area and make the National Citizen Service programme a vital part of all young people’s lives.
Sarah Hunt – Marketing and Communications Administrator
Sarah started in April 2016 as the Marketing and Communications Administrator. She has a degree in Marketing, Communications and Culture at Keele University and has previously worked in an administrator role at Blackburn Rovers Football Club. She is looking forward to help bring the positive benefits of sports to the local community and build the confidence of local children along the way.
Elle Kayley – Female Football Development Officer
Elle joined Accrington Stanley Community Trust as Female Football Development Officer in August 2016 having previously worked for 7 months as a casual coach. Elle graduated from Northumbria University with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport, Exercise and Nutrition and holds the FA Level 2 Badge, FA Youth Modules 1 and 2 amongst other coaching qualifications. Elle is responsible for developing and delivering all female football participation that takes place within Accrington Stanley Community Trust. Elle has had a lot of experience in working with children and coaching football including volunteering for Blackburn Rovers Girls Centre of Excellence, as well as working for other companies that specialise in sports coaching. Elle will look to encourage young girls who want to strive in football by providing more opportunities and increase their love of the game.
Josh Cooper – Community Sports Officer
Josh joined Accrington Stanley community trust full time in August 2016 having previously been a casual coach for around 12 months. He has great experience in coaching all sports having been coaching for the last 8 years in a school environment and in grassroots football. Josh’s qualifications include a Masters degree in sports coaching, AFPE level 3, level 2 certificates in coaching football and multi skills, FA Youth Award Modules 1 and 2 plus basketball awards and he is always looking to add to this list. Josh will be responsible for delivering the Kinder Sport move and learn project, where he will build awareness of the importance of a balanced diet and promote an active lifestyle among children.
Jake Francis – Education and Sports Tutor
Jake joined Accrington Stanley Community Trust as a tutor on our BTEC Level 2 Football Education Scholarship Programme in September 2015. Jake has completed a PGCE and is a fully qualified tutor in Further Education; he also graduated from UCLan with a Ba (Hons) in Sports Coaching prior to his PGCE. Jake has multiple years of voluntary coaching experience in an array of sports and martial arts while also being an FA qualified football coach and primary athletics coach. Jake will be looking to develop the Level 2 learners and extend their knowledge onto the BTEC level 3 upon successful completion of the Level 2 programme.
Matt Parkinson – Football Development Officer
Matt joined Accrington Stanley Community Trust as Football Development Officer in April 2016 having previously worked as a Sports Coach within the organisation. He is responsible for the practical development of the Football Education Scholarship through training sessions, match days and recruitment of new students. Matt has experience coaching a variety of age ranges and cultures through his time in the United States. He is a UEFA ‘B’ qualified coach and holds the Youth Award: Module 3. Matt gained a degree in Coach Education (BSc) from Edge Hill University. He is also a Foundation Phase Academy coach for Accrington Stanley Football Club.
Ria Johnson – Marketing and Communications Administrator
Ria joined the trust in April 2017 fresh from University Centre at Blackburn College with a FdA in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Ba (hons) in Criminology. She also has an NVQ in Customer Service. She has fulfilled customer service roles at various places and brings with her a wealth of experience. Ria grew up locally and has a good knowledge of the local area. She is looking forward to developing her skills and getting involved with the various community projects we run.
We also employ a number of casual coaches who deliver a variety of sessions for us in the community.
All of our coaches have:
- Enhanced CRB
- FA first aid qualifications
- FA child protection certificates
- FA safeguarding children certificates
We also have coaches who specialise in:
- Tag Rugby
- Uni Hoc
- Performing Arts
All of our sessions:
- Are planned in advance
- Are designed to teach children new techniques and skills
- Include warm-up and cool down exercises
- Include small-sided games
- Are inventive and we are always looking to pioneer new ideas
- Underpinned by a foundation of enjoyment, learning and FUN!