Newcastle United Academy coaches approximately 150 players from the age of 9 to 18, supported by approx. 50 full time and part time staff.

An extensive network of scouts ensure that Newcastle United bring in the best talent available.

14 new scholars have joined our 16 existing 2nd year players this season to form the basis of the Academy U18 squad. A number of the U18 squad will also train with the U21's as part of their development programme.


Academy Staff
Joe Joyce
Academy Manager
Steve Nickson
Head of Recruitment
Jimmy Nelson
Head of Welfare
Darren Darwent

Head of Education

Judith Horey

Academy Administration Manager

George Scott

Academy Safeguarding Officer





Coaching Staff
Dave Watson
U18 Head Coach
Kevin Richardson
U17 Head Coach
Liam Bramley
U16 Head Coach
Professional Development Phase

Peter Beardsley, Ben Dawson,

Dave Watson, Kevin Richardson

Youth Development Phase
Liam Bramley - Vince Hutton
Foundation Phase
Gary Ives - Stephen Harrison
Coach Developer
Terry Mitchell


Newcastle United will recruit the best coaches possible and support them with the best professional development education programmes.

Coaches, who because of their training and experience, will provide active guidance and advice to players toward them reaching not only mastering of the core skills but the effective use of these skills in games.

Each player will have a coaching programme which meets individual needs.

Newcastle United has an obligation and commitment to improve football in the community and will provide coaches and teachers with ongoing coaching clinics to assist in their own personal development.


Medical Staff
Dr Paul Catterson
Head of Sports Science & Medicine
Sean Beech
Head of Academy Physiotherapy
Stephen Weir
Academy Physiotherapist
Craig Musham
Academy Fitness & Condtioning Coach
Adam Rowan
Academy Fitness & Conditioning Coach (U9-16)
6 part time Physiotherapists


The provision of an age-specific, Fitness, Conditioning and Injury Prevention Programme across all phases of the Development Programme is the responsibility of the Sports Science Department.

In a multi-disciplinary approach to long-term player development the practitioners within this department will work closely with staff from other departments to formulate the most appropriate, holistic programme for each individual player.

The most up to date methods and equipment will be employed to ensure that game time, training time and recuperation time are utilised effectively.

Links with local Universities will be an integral part of this function in order to assist the Club with Research and Development in this area of Player Development.

The Medical Department supports all academy age groups with annual screening, regular assessments of growth and development, injury prevention, treatment of injuries and thorough rehabilitation.


4 Full-size grass pitches
3 Small sided pitches
1 Full-size floodlit artificial pitch
1 Full-size indoor area
Fully equipped physiotherapy suite
Fully equipped performance & rehabilitation gymnasiums
Shower and changing facilities
Dining room and refreshment area
Player relaxation area
Parents guest lounge
Fully equipped classrooms


Newcastle United Football Club aims to provide modern, well maintained, professional facilities for the exclusive purpose of the Player Development Programme.



Newcastle United Academy understands the importance of every player realising their academic potential as well as their football potential. Therefore the link between the Education Department and the Technical Department are a fundamental part of the performance programme. The coordination of a day release scheme for players in the age groups under 13 to Under 16 where the players can combine both academy work and football is an increasingly successful part of the academy structure. This allows greater contact time between player and coach and also allows the players to understand and learn more about the professional football club environment.

On entering the Academy as full time scholars at the age of 16, the players embark upon a two year programme which is an apprenticeship in sporting excellence - includes a BTEC in Sports Science and the FA level 2 coaching qualification. The players are encouraged to achieve all of these qualifications alongside their technical development programme.