All players will follow the FTFC club ethos which aims to improve players technically, tactically, physically and mentally. We will also provide specific workshops to help the players understand other areas of the game and to develop personally as individuals. All FTIFA coaches will be existing FTFC elite academy coaches with a wealth of experience in youth and player development. 

Individual development will be regularly monitored & discussed with club scouts & first team coaches. Individual Learning Programs and weekly player evaluations to ensure training is tailored to every player’s needs and targets are set regularly.

"training tailored to every player’s needs"

the team

The FTIFA staff have vast amounts of experience in Professional and Academy football. With such a wealth of talented employees we are in a strong position to assist in all areas of player development. 

Head of Operations: Michael Horsfall

Technical Director:
Michael McGarvey

International Partnerships Manager:
Michael O’Neill

Steve Jackson

Jake Barnes

Nutritionists / Strength & Conditioning Coach:
David Walton

Scott Macneill

football programme overview

Fleetwood Town International Football Academy aims to provide all players with aspirations of playing at the highest level possible with the platform to realise their goals. We have structured 4/12/24 week programmes of learning which will ensure players will develop all parts of their game. There will, of course, be opportunities to showcase talents to both FTFC’s own coaches, along with scouts from other UK clubs and clubs worldwide.

FTIFA’s experienced coaches and mentors will also provide ongoing advice as to the very best route for future football with support from a significant network of contacts worldwide.

Games Programme

The games programme is a vital ingredient to the overall FTIFA offering.  FTFC will provide a varied games programme against teams linked to both Premier League, EFL Clubs, private academies and from the grassroots game. Players will also play regular futsal fixtures. Selected FTIFA players, who show appropriate levels of development and talent will be given the opportunity to take part in showcase events run by FTFC in front of Premier League & EFL registered scouts.


The programme will be delivered at the home of football on the Fylde Coast – Poolfoot Farm Sports & Leisure Complex. This is the training ground of FTFC’s 1st team and academy.

FTIFA players will train alongside the FTFC 1st, development and academy teams. The £9 million facilities were opened by the legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in April 2016 & feature the following:

  • 7 top class grass pitches.
  • 2 FIFA 2 star grade (the highest grade possible) 4G pitches.
  • 4 FTFC red 5-a-side pitches.
  • The Crossbar restaurant (players will enjoy lunch here).
  • The 1st team & Academy gym (FTIFA players will have access).
  • The 1st team & Academy physiotherapy room (FTIFA players will have access.
  • 10 changing room facilities including showers.
  • The 1st team & Academy analysts (FTIFA players will have access).
  • Club meeting rooms. (Regular FTIFA individual/team meetings to be held here).
  • FTFC classrooms. Multi-use for: Analysis sessions, nutrition lessons, upcoming fixture preparation & much more.

highbury stadium

Highbury stadium is the home of Fleetwood Town FC and has seen dramatic changes over the past decade with the stadium being completely rebuilt to keep pace with the team’s meteoric rise up the leagues with six promotions in a ten season period! The ultra-modern ground has a 6,000 capacity & includes the very impressive looking Parkside Stand which was first opened to spectators in March 2011. This 2,000 capacity all seated stand was built at a cost of around £5m to complement the Memorial & Highbury home supporters stands. The Percy Ronson stand, named after a club legend, houses the away supporters. The £10m plus refurbishment has been funded by ambitious local football & energy entrepreneur & club chairman Andy Pilley.

Highbury Stadium is much more than just a football stadium. It houses 3 family-friendly bars, a community games room, 3 food stalls, a club shop, VIP hospitality, business offices & much more. Highbury is a real community hub hosting a number of annual community events. FTIFA players will be given matchday tasks similar to our young club apprentice players which will provide them with an opportunity to gain a unique into how a matchday operation looks like at a professional English Football League club.      


When signing up for the FTIFA programme, players are not just signing up to FTFC but also our extensive network of partner clubs globally. Currently, FTFC has partner clubs to which we share best practice, provide and technical support and accommodate player exchanges in the following countries:

Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, United States, Japan, Uzbekistan, Canada, Australia, Ivory Coast, Bolivia and Chile to name a few. This as of today means FTFC have club partners in 6 different continents.