The Marsh Academy

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Meet the Staff

Director of Football – Stuart Farlow
As well as a qualified PE Teacher at The Marsh Academy, Mr Farlow is also a qualified FA football coach with over 12 years of experience coaching boys at an Elite, District, County & Academy level including being part of the managerial team with Sussex County Schools FA & winning the National County Cup. Mr Farlow is currently the Sussex & South Area Scout for Premiership Football Club Crystal Palace FC & previously worked for other Professional clubs including Brentford FC. Mr Farlow has worked with a high range of coaches & scouts across the South East including Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Charlton FC & Chelsea FC, which in return has enabled him to experience an insight into a range of professional environments including Talent Identification as well as Elite coaching. Mr Farlow will bring his professional approach to the Football Academy & with his high expectations of all students both in the classroom & on the playing & training field – this will be a huge asset to our Academy Scholars.

Head of Coaching – Barry Cooper
Barry is a very motivated individual who has high expectations of all players & staff who work part of his team. Barry is very thorough in his organisation & planning & his sessions are always fun & challenging. Barry has been a UEFA B licensed coach since 2004, bringing with him a vast wealth of experience working with professional academies in his repertoire – these clubs have included Wimbledon FC, Brighton & Hove Albion FC & Gillingham FC.  As well as this impressive list of clubs within the UK, Barry has also worked with & built close links with several clubs across the continents including Le Harve FC (France), Arminia Bielefed FC (Germany), Aalborg FC (Denmark), Canacona FC (India), GAU Cetinkaya FC (Northern Cyprus).

1st Team Coach – Shane Maxey
Our 1st team Academy coach Shane Maxey, is a UEFA B qualified football coach who has had experience coaching a range of ages & abilities including Grass Roots, Development, Elite & Academy teams. Shane has currently signed contracts with Gillingham FC Academy & will be working with their academy teams in a managerial role from August 2016 as well as a full time member of staff with our Football Academy. Shane is always updating his CPD portfolio and can display a range of impressive qualifications including UEFA B, Youth Module 3, and Futsal Level 1 to name just a few! Shane is a calm, collective, encouraging professional & our scholars will benefit hugely from working with our 1st team coach. 

Director of Football Head of Coaching 1st Team Coach
 Director of Football - Stuart Farlow  Head of Coaching - Barry Cooper  1st Team Coach - Shane Maxey
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