RSC Academy for Football Excellence

RSC Academy for Football Excellence

We provide an environment that enhances development in academic & practical performance

About Our Centre

At RSC Academy for Football Excellence, we provide opportunities for young adults to achieve a career in the football industry and wider sporting industries, with progression into employment or higher education degree programs with our partners. From the preliminary steps in the Technical Development Sessions (8-14 year olds) to our Football Excellence Programme (15 to 23 year olds), we make sure that each individual learner receives a high level of care and solid guidance, and gets every opportunity to hone his or her skills.

Our Mission

We provide an environment that enhances development, promotes a culture of excellence and nurtures the talent of young adults in their pursuit of a career in the professional sports industry.

What Is Excellence?

Excellence is more than just doing well, or being good. Moreover, it is not a destination but a non-stop journey. At our centre, we are all about striving towards excellence in practical performance by teaching physical literacy.

For us, excellence is about getting better, developing, growing, improving and giving it your all in every day that passes. In the end, the development of an individual from a measurable point is the key to excellence.

Phrases that are typically associated with excellence:

  • Giving Your Best Every Day
  • Getting Better Every Day
  • Pursuing Perfection Relentlessly
  • Exceeding Expectations
  • Moving From Good to Great

  • Teaching on the Leading Edge
  • Exceeding High Standards
  • Performing Exceptionally
  • Setting the Standards
  • Striving to be the best in every session

Meet Our Team

Darren Kelly

Gareth Prendergast

  • Hyde United FC 1st Team Manager
  • Pro Licenced Coach
  • FA Licensed Coach Educator
  • Former Professional Phase Coach at Sunderland Association Football Club (AFC)
  • Former 1st Team Manager at Oldham Athletic Association Football Club (AFC)
  • FA Youth Module 1, 2 & 3
  • FA Youth Award
  • Academy Managing Director
  • PGCE Qualified Teacher
  • UEFA A Licensed Coach
  • FA Youth Module 2
  • FA Blind Football Award 
  • FA Futsal Award
  • BA (Hons) History & Law 

Stefanie Todd

  • Head of Academy
  • Physiotherapist (Degree in Sports Injury Identification and Treatment)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Qualified Teacher M1

Mike Allcock 

Brett Issitt

  • Lead Development Coach Academy & Rochdale DC
  • Hyde United FC Community Manager
  • UEFA B Coach 
  • Qualified Teacher M1

  • Rochdale AFC DC Head Coach
  • UEFA A Licensed Coach
  • FA Youth License
  • FA Goal Keeping Level 1
  • FA Mentor
  • Trainee Teacher

Chris Shaw

Lee Wilshaw

  • Hyde United FC 1st Team & Academy Keeper Coach
  • UEFA B Licensed Coach
  • Level 5 Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Academy Age Group Coach
  • UEFA B Coach
  • Trainee Teacher

Jack Pritchard





Pete Ainger

  • Academy Age Group Coach
  • UEFA B Coach
  • Trainee Teacher

  • Academy Admin Manager
  • Student Support Manager
  • Student Welfare & Safeguarding Officer



To get complete information about our staff and a detailed description of their duties, please read the job roles

document.