Sponsored By Razor's Edge Barber Shop

The Martin Gray Football Academy is proudly sponsored by Razor's Edge Barber Shop. A family ran barbers established since 1997. Enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere while you can chose from a range of styles, from traditional to everyday fashion and everything inbetween. Pop along to 36 Market Street, Ferryhill and see Alice and the team.

Weekly Academy Sessions

Our weekly drop-in Academy sessions run at various locations each week.

Holiday Courses

Our popular holiday courses run throughout the year. Check our course times and dates page for the latest info!

1 on 1 Private Coaching

Our 1 on 1 private coaching is also suitable for small groups. Email us at mgfa@hotmail.co.uk for more information!

Goalkeeper Coaching

Former Sunderland goalkeeper and current Darlington 1883 goalkeeping coach Tony Norman runs our popular goalkeeper courses. For more info, check out our course times page!

Start your holidays the best way

Our very successful holiday courses are filled with skills, drills and age specific coaching with an elite team of coaches. Find out when more on the dates here.


About us

The Martin Gray Football Academy has been set up to operate at a very high standard. Our coaches all come from a football background with many being ex-professional Premier League footballers themselves. Martin has a wealth of experience in coaching, managing and playing football and holds the highest accreditation of coaching; the UEFA Pro Licence.

We take the opportunity to spot star potential, and can therefore recommend outstanding talent to professional clubs through Martins’ contacts in the pro game, helping your child on a possible future career in professional football.

We offer many different types of coaching and courses, which you can find details about on the services page.  These also include; dietary advice, sports physiotherapy, 1 on 1 training sessions or small groups.

The Martin Gray Football Academy also offers an opportunity for something radical, exciting and different which will improve engagement, enhance learning and enrich the life of each individual child in schools.

Our aim is to provide professional football coaching and a successful education and learning programme of support by working in partnership with the Martin Gray Football Academy which promotes an ethos of social and personal development and achievement in children. Through football coaching we can:

  • Support the raising of aspirations, independence and achievements through participation in football coaching at all levels
  • Enhance and support each child’s access to the community so that it makes a difference to their everyday life and their futures
  • Support the work of schools by promoting positive self-esteem and confidence through football coaching
  • Provide opportunities for all children and staff in schools