Sunderland College

Winning the opportunity to supply soccer provision at Sunderland College was a major step forward in the services supplied by Improtech. Although Improtech Soccer had regularly coached over 16s for many years - offering coaching sessions to pro footballers like Jordan Henderson and Ethan Robson for example - moving into the College in 2016 was the first time Academy provision had been extended to cover 16-19-year-olds in an educational setting.

Sunderland College, Durham Cup Winners 2017

Similarly, Improtech has always coached girl footballers - including England starlet Poppy Pattinson. But it was only with the relaunch at Sunderland College, that Improtech Soccer coached its first full ladies’ sides. In the first season at Sunderland College’s Football Development Centre, the Under 19s rounded off successful team campaigns by winning the Durham Schools’ FA County Cup, beating Bishop Auckland College 4-0. John Rushworth, faculty director for sport at Sunderland College, said: “Getting Martin and Improtech Soccer involved with the College made a big difference to us immediately and that improvement has continued.

“This is a long-term project and over the next few years our aim is nothing less than making Sunderland College the go-to place for talented male and female footballers in the North East who want to make the most of their skills while also getting the best possible education.”

Improtech's first ever student SAFC's Ethan Robson, with Improtech's Martin Scott and Sunderland College's director of sport John Rushworth.
Defender Sam Robson looks on as English Schools FA's Rob Hope presents the Durham Cup trophy to Sunderland College captain Brandon Alderson.
Sunderland College Under 19s, 2017 squad

“Getting Martin and Improtech Soccer involved with the College made a big difference to us immediately and that improvement has continued”
John Rushworth, faculty director for sport at Sunderland College.