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Coaching Team

  Steve Hart

Steven Hart – Academy Director  “get to know the person before you try to coach the player”

  • Ex Leeds United Academy Coach
  • Ex Man City Academy Coach
  • Ex Birmingham City Scholar
  • 17 Years Coaching Experience
  • ‘B’ Licence Coach
  • Youth Module Level 2


Welcome to UFCA  Steve Grime

Steve Grime – Head of Academy  “they don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”

  • Ex Man City Academy Coach
  • Current Head of Football at Leeds University
  • ‘B’ Licence Coach
  • Full Youth Award
  • 15 Years Coaching Experience
  • Has coached in England, Norway, USA & Canada



Isaiah Rankin – Head Coach – Scholars & Junior Academy “100 is the only acceptable percentage with regards to effort… 99 isn’t good enough”

  • UEFA ‘B’ Licence Coach.
  • Played professional for Arsenal, Birmingham City and Bradford City amongst others.
  • 394 senior appearances as a professional player.
  • 10 Years Coaching Experience
  • Working towards UEFA ‘A’ Licence.
  • Started working at UFCA in September 2016


 Simon Wood

Simon Wood – Head Coach – Junior Academy “if you arrive under prepared then be prepared to leave as an under achiever”

  • UEFA ‘B’ Licence Coach
  • Youth Modules 1 & 2
  • 12 years coaching experience
  • Ex Halifax Town Scholar
  • Ex Non-League Legend
  • 3rd Longest serving member of staff – Dec 2012 – present


Harry Brown – Head of YoungSTARS & Junior Academy Coach  “hard work isn’t optional if you want to be successful”

  • Ex York City Academy Player
  • Ex UFCA Scholar (2014-2016)
  • Level 2 Coach
  • 4 Years Coaching Experience
  • Current Leeds Uni 1st Team Captain
  • Joined the UFCA coaching team in 2014