Meet The RIASA Coaching Team.

UEFA A & Pro Licensed coaches who are at the top of their game.

Highly qualified coaches 

The RIASA soccer programme has proven to develop players tactically and athletically. We want you to reach your maximum potential and that’s what will happen if you join our academy.

To be the best, we know we need great coaches who have experienced football at all levels. You’ll find that the RIASA coaches have recognisable coaching badges across all aspects of the game. 

Connections that help

The RIASA coaches have over 100+ years experience within the football industry. They’ve grown up playing football, gone on to coach football and throughout their careers have made established connections along the way.

We utilise these connections as part of the RIASA soccer programme to help broaden your experience as you embark on your journey into the football world.

The Coaching Team

As well as the regular coaches that you will work with throughout your training sessions, we also invite guest coaches on to the programme to expand and enhance your skillset. Meet the highly experienced coaching team at RIASA. Find out about their qualifications and football background. 

Gareth Prendergast
Football Development Coach

UEFA A & B Qualifications

Master of Research in Sport & Exercise Science 

FA Youth Qualifications

Talent Development Qualifications

Worked in football education for over 12 years

Hyde United Head of Academy for over 7 years

Hyde United under 17s, under 18s, and under 21s 

Hyde United 1st team coach

Martin Hunter
Football Strategy & Mentoring Officer

UEFA A & Pro Licence

PFA & LMA Certificate in Applied Management

Technical Director at Southampton FC for 8+ years

England National coach U19 & U20

Norwich City & Watford FC first team coach

Senior FA Tutor

FA Academy Manager’s Licence


John Hendrie
Academy Coach

Ex pro footballer with over 518 appearances

Scored 118 pro goals

Played for Bradford City, Leeds United & Middlesbrough

Top scorer at Bradford City & Burnley

Managed Barnsley FC

Gary Stokes
Academy Goalkeeper Coach

Been involved in over 2,000 games as a player, manager & coach.

Goalkeeper coach at Farsley Celtic since 2003

FA Level 2 Coach qualification

Coached goalkeepers at Bradford City & Leeds United

Involved with football for over 50 years 

75+ nationalities

We are International.

Join an international football programme. No matter where you’re from in the world, if you meet the academic requirements and you want to improve your soccer, you can apply to join our ever growing roster of diverse students. 

enjoy the journey

It’s Life Changing. 

By choosing our unique soccer programme you are investing in your future. You’ll mix with like minded individuals who share the same determination to achieve success. 

a place to grow

We Develop You. 

It’s intense at our football academy. Nothing worth having in life is easy and, with this in mind, each training session is fuelled with the intention of helping you to progress.

stay focused

It’s Down to You.

We put you in positions to thrive. Every game, every training session and being surrounded by other talented soccer athletes  helps you to grow. Commitment and passion are vital in helping you succeed on your RIASA journey. 

WE ARE RIASA

We Are Unique. 

There isn't another soccer academy that can offer the challenging football programme and high quality teaching that is available at RIASA. Earn a top class degree and enjoy moments that last a lifetime as you venture for success at our academy in Leeds.

Start Your Journey.

Embark on a rewarding and life changing soccer programme. 

  • Earn a dual accredited US/UK Degree
  • Play a 9-Month Soccer Season
  • Reach Your Potential in the UK