Gateshead FC Academy Gateshead FC Academy

We’ve teamed up with Gateshead Football Club to offer a football development programme which combines outstanding education and football excellence. This unique programme will enable you to gain the skills, knowledge, confidence and attitude required to build a meaningful and long lasting career in the football industry.

On the programme, you will play or coach at the professional football club whilst studying for nationally recognised qualifications and developing the skills employers demand. You’ll also have the chance to complete work rotations, giving you a real insight into all aspects of running a successful football club.

For more information about the Academy structure, current players and coaches visit the Gateshead FC Academy website.

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Mark Spencer, Head Coach

Mark was appointed as Head Coach of the Gateshead Academy in October 2020. He holds the UEFA A Licence, FA Youth Award and Level 2 in Futsal. Mark is also a qualified lecturer and understands the importance of education within the sports industry.

Mark’s former roles include Academy Manager at York City FC and Academy coach at Middlesbrough FC. He was in charge of the football development programme at Newcastle College and then moved on to assist Neil Maddison in the Football Academy at Middlesbrough College.

Over the past few years Mark has been developing SCL partnership clubs in forming new U19 Football Academies at Darlington FC and Billingham Synthonia FC.

Mark also gained valuable experience in the 2012 Olympics as a volunteer. His role was to assist the International players and staff on a day to day basis for the likes of Brazil, Spain, Mexico, South Korea and the USA women’s team at Cochrane Park in Newcastle. This allowed him the opportunity to see behind closed door training sessions and match preparation at international level.

For a full run down of our coaching staff go to the GFC Academy website.

Programme content

The programme is designed around a Player Scholarship and includes nationally recognised qualifications to help you develop the skills and knowledge employers look for.

As a Player scholar:

  • Train full time at Gateshead Football Club.
  • Gain an employability qualification, a Level 2 Award in Employment and Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning.
  • Undertake a work experience rotation in roles related to running a successful football club, for example football administration and strength and conditioning.

The team

You’ll be trained and guided by the professionals at Gateshead Football Club and the expert teaching and coaching team at our Academy for Sport.
Where will I study?
You will spend the majority of your time on the programme at Gateshead Football Club. One day a week will be spent at our Academy for Sport understanding the theory that will underpin your practical knowledge.

After the programme

This destination driven programme has been specifically designed to enable you to secure a job in a wide range of roles connected to the football industry. There is a clear focus for preparing you for a long-lasting career throughout the programme, ensuring you have the skills, knowledge and contacts you need to be successful, as well as a qualification.


Apply for a course online here or come to one of our enrolment events. 

If you'd like to enquire about the Academy visit the GFC Academy website and use the form on the page.