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About us


The Martin Gray Sporting Academy, which was founded in 2011,  is based in Darlington, and operates highly professional football coaching courses in Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Newton Aycliffe, Ferryhill and Sunderland. It has built a very close relationship with Darlington College and many schools in the area.

All our experts come from specific backgrounds in football and can offer a wealth of experience in their chosen field, sharing their talents and providing the highest standard of coaching.

The 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.

Martin Gray is a former Sunderland and Darlington player, and he is assisted by several coaches, including former professionals Brian Atkinson and Sean Gregan.


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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!

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.