Mark Ellis, Former Professional Player, Bradford City FC
RIASA Football Director
Co-founder and Director at RIASA, Mark is a former professional footballer, who played for his hometown club Bradford City for over 12 years. He represented them in three different divisions gaining two promotions and played in two league cup quarter finals before a serious knee injury unfortunately brought his English career to a premature end. However, he did go on to play further for Hellenic FC, a former Premier League club in Cape Town South Africa.
After Mark retired from playing, he then went on to a very successful career in coaching. Beginning initially in the U.S, Minnesota for two years then at Oakland University, Detroit MI for over 15 years where he was solely responsible for the summer soccer camps.
He also coached local semi– professional team, The Michigan Bucks in the PDL during this time.
During the English season Mark coached College football as well as working for English Championship club Huddersfield Town in their academy for 8 years.
Mark then returned to South Africa to Coach Ajax Cape Town u17s.
Marks professional contacts are now global. In Europe, Mark has forged strong links with clubs in Finland, Norway and Sweden where he has placed several RIASA students. He has also spent time in South America, Brazil at former World Cup legend Zicos club and has more recently returned from China where he is working towards further opportunities for RIASA students.