Bradford City Academy Staff


The Academy Staff


Academy Manager
Alan Nevison
Alan Nevison first worked for the club in 2001 before leaving to coach at Manchester United. On leaving Manchester United Alan returned to the club as skill development coach and has held roles as Centre of Excellence Manager, Lead Coach Youth Development phase and coach developer at Bradford.During his 11 years at Bradford, Alan has been integral in the development of the academy and now has the opportunity to drive the process.Alan has shown a determination and commitment to the football academy, which is what he expects for all members of Bradford City Academy.


Head of Coaching

Neil Matthews


Lead PDP Coach
Micheal Collins


PDP Link Coach
Martin Drury
Martin spent his early years of football at Sheffield United between the ages of 7 to 14. He then enjoyed 2 years at Rotherham United before moving to Doncaster Rovers where he signed a professional contract on his 17th birthday. Martin then went on to sign for neighbours Sheffield Wednesday where he linked up with well known Bantams defender, Rory Mcardle.

Injuries began to hamper Martins progress resulting in him opting to take a year out of football. Martin returned to play in the conference north for 7 years with 3 play offs and a promotion on to his name before being forced to retire due to a serious knee injury. Since then he has concentrated on his development as a coach and has recently undertaken the UEFA “A” Licence for senior pro’s at St Georges Park in Burton on Trent.

Martin is extremely ambitious and has a strong passion for coaching and developing players. His professional approach and committed work ethic will help him in his new role as Lead Youth Development Phase Coach here at Bradford.



Lead YDP Coach

Ryan Farrell


Ryan played his youth football for both Huddersfield and Halifax Town up to the age of 16; following that Ryan went on to play in the USA for 1 year. Since his return Ryan has had spells at Bradford Park Avenue, Brighouse Town and is now currently playing at Ossett Albion in the EvoStik.

Ryan graduated from Huddersfield University in 2011 with a Bsc (Hons) Sports Coaching degree and has been involved in school sport for a number of years. It’s now Ryan’s fifth year at Bradford City, before joining Ryan was coaching in Mexico City where he worked as a Coerver coach in partnership with West Ham United’s International academy.



Head Foundation
Phase Coach

ConorSConor Sellars


Conor started his academy journey with Sheffield United 10-16 before agreeing to sign a full time scholarship with Middlesbrough FC. Conor spent 3 years full time with Middlesbrough where he was in the same youth team as Bradford City target man Charlie Wyke. He then moved abroad to pursue his footballing career having spells in Portugal and Iceland.Aged 23 Conor returned to pursue a coaching career as he’s very passionate about developing young footballers with hopes of helping them achieve their dream. He still plays football, previously in the conference North with Harrogate Town and now Tadcaster Albion.

Having worked within the academy for one and a half years in the foundation phase, Conor was asked to become the Head Foundation Phase Coach impressing with his knowledge and commitment here at Bradford City.


Senior Academy
Chartered Physio
Dayle Avison

Academy Chartered Physio

Gary Williams

Head of Academy Goalkeeping

Graeme Kennedy


Academy Welfare/Safeguarding Officer

Derek Nolan
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Academy Education Officer

Chris Softley

Head of Academy Recruitment


Alan Nevison
Academy Admininstrator

Dawn Johnson

Web Master/IT Support

Tom Marshall


U9s Lead Coach

Stephen Potter
U10s Lead Coach CristianT
Christian Thewlis
U9/10s Support Coach
Louis Hutton

U11s Lead Coach
Zaheer Khan

U12s Lead Coach

Paul Cliffe
U11/12s Support Coach
Daniel Kearney
U13s Lead Coach DavidA
David Adler
U14s Lead Coach
Luke Robinson
U13/14s Support Coach
U15/16s Lead CoachMarkT
Mark Trueman
Academy Match-Day Co-Ordinator12
Graeme Kennedy


U6 Dev Centre Coach
Stephen Potter
U7s Dev Centre Coach
Luke Robinson
U8s Dev Centre Coach
Adam Fox
Dev Centre Coach
David Brown
Dev Centre Coach
Dominic Rowe
Dev Centre Organiser
Craig Roberts


Dev Centre Organiser
Pete Nichoson


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