St Josephs Catholic Academy

145 Football Scholars in our Programme

St Joseph's Catholic Academy

St Joseph’s Catholic Academy was a groundbreaking moment for Improtech Soccer. In partnership with St Bede’s Catholic School and Byron 6th Form in Peterlee, it was the first all-girls Improtech Soccer Elite Academy.

Together, the two schools form one of our ‘super Academies’ where we run three squads simultaneously: a boy’s section, a girl’s section and a development section.

145 Football Scholars In Our Programme

Since launching in 2019, the Improtech Soccer Academy at St Joseph’s has been a huge success. There are a combined total of 145 male and female football scholars involved in the programme.

Football In Education Makes Educated Footballers

Upon the launch in 2019, Peter Mitchell, head of St Joseph’s said: “This will be a great opportunity for talented young female players in South Tyneside.

“It finally starts giving them a way to develop their footballing excellence within school hours and the school system.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer girls the same service as we are providing for the boys, with some of the most highly-qualified football coaches giving them the same sort of training you would see at professional football clubs.”

“We want to recruit the very best young players across South Tyneside and beyond – male and female – and ensure that their football talent is nurtured at the same time they receive a first-rate education.”

Girls Football Academy Featured On BBC Breakfast 2019

The launch of the Girl’s Football Academy in 2019 drew huge interest, as it was the first of its kind in the country. The launch was featured in a range of national and regional media, including BBC Breakfast and Sky Sports News.

For further information about the timetable please contact Director of Football Education – Steve Golightly

Lead Coach / Director of Girls Football Development – Shannon Mcsweeney


  • 0 Bespoke Training Session
  • 0 Scholars
  • 0 Professional Scholars
  • 0 UEFA A License Coaches
  • 0 UEFA B License Coaches
  • 0 Elite School Academies for Boys
  • 0 Elite School Academies for Girls
  • 0 UEFA Pro License Coach


St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Mill Lane, Hebburn, South Tyneside, Tyne & Wear, NE31 2ET

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