Coaching Staff

Mr L Tumelty

Director of Sport and Performance

I am a qualified PE teacher with over eight year’s experience of teaching many sports within the National Curriculum with my main specialism being football. I have coached several youth teams as an FA Level 2 qualified coach, ranging from under-11 to under-16 levels within schools, and I currently coach our year 7 and 8 football squads. I currently play for a local Northern Alliance football team and assist with training the under-14 boys squad. In my current role I am responsible for planning and delivering an outstanding primary and secondary football provision and using my experience to develop young footballers of the future.

Mr D Gourley

Teacher of PE and Football Academy Coach


Gary Bennett

Ex Sunderland Professional, Back2Basics coach

Gary Bennett enjoyed a professional career that exceeded 20 years. He joined Manchester City upon leaving school but it was with Cardiff City that he began to make a mark in the professional game. As a qualified coach Gary now delivers coaching sessions to all Football Academy members including our Talent ID students offering a wealth of football knowledge to our students.

Julio Arca

Ex Sunderland Professional, Back2Basics coach

Julio Arca is a former Argentinos Juniors, Sunderland and Middlesbrough left midfielder. He also represented, and captained Argentina at international level, including leading the Argentina Under 20’s to World Cup success in 2001. Now a qualified coach Julio delivers high quality football coaching sessions to our students with a focus on the value of Futsal to develop the technical ability of players.

Dean Gordon 

Ex Middlesbrough Professional, Back2Basics coach

Dean Gordon is a former left back with a career that spanned almost 20 years and has seen him sample the professional game in England, mainland Europe and New Zealand. In his early career at Crystal Palace, he was selected to play for England Under 21’s on 13 different occasions. Now Gordon specifically delivers our Futsal provision to develop the technical skill level of all our players.