Stockport County has announced that its owner, Mark Stott, has acquired a majority stakeholding in Pro Football Academy, a nationwide football coaching businesses for young people.
Pro Football Academy offers young footballers aged 4 to 16 a range of coaching opportunities from weekly group sessions to one-to-one coaching from FA and UEFA qualified coaches.
The acquisition supports Mark’s passion for creating opportunities for everyone to get more out of football and create coaching and training pathways for young football talent in Stockport and the wider region. Carlos Roca will remain in his role as Managing Director of Pro Football Academy.
Pro Football Academy owns Stockport Town, a semi-professional football club competing in the North West Counties League and are based at Stockport Sports Village. The FA, EFL and North West Counties League have all approved the transaction subject to conditions that ensure Stockport Town is operated independently from Stockport County.
A dedicated team has been recruited with Matt Jansen appointed as Manager and will be joined by Mike Jeffries as his assistant. Jonathan Smith has been promoted as Matt Jansen’s replacement as Head of Recruitment at Stockport County. County legend Paul Turnbull has also signed from Curzon Ashton and will captain the team.
The acquisition further strengthens Stockport’s footbal credentials and will help to retain and provide pathways for coaching local talent.