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New role for Darren Eadie as St Joseph's College embraces football

Thursday 06 September 2018

Charismatic former Norwich City star, Darren Eadie, has joined St Joseph’s College as the Head of Football.  The school, which has recently partnered with Ipswich Town Football Club as the Tractor Boys’ official education provider, opened a new football academy in September which will be headed by the former footballer and TV presenter. 

Renowned goal scorer and more recently founder of an online charity auction site, Sellebrity, Mr Eadie said, “I am delighted to be joining such a forward-thinking sporting College. The students have a fantastic growth mind-set and have been hugely excited by the introduction of football into the independent school sector. In my opinion it is necessary to move with the times and give children the opportunity to excel in football alongside the other major sports in the school – rugby, cricket and netball. St Joseph’s has been extremely successful in its major sports and I intend to bring football up to that level, just as I did at my previous school, reaching three national and three county cup finals.

‘My team and I will offer a professional programme to make our players the very best footballers they can be alongside receiving a first class education. They will have the opportunity to progress into the professional game pathway through my numerous contacts from the top of the Premier League to non-league and everything in between. My team has already seen regular school children progress into professional clubs following development in our environment. I am determined to make St Joseph’s College the best provider in the country outside of professional football.’

Mr Eadie added, ‘This is the start of a fantastic journey for St Joseph’s College and one that I am very confident will see it become the place to acquire a top class education and follow a footballing dream. If this sounds like a place for you then please get in touch, we are always looking for keen, hungry-to-achieve footballers.’

Director of Sport, Mr O’Riordan, said, ‘We look forward to embarking on our footballing journey with Darren at the helm of our International Football Academy. The new alliance between St Joseph’s College and ITFC marks the beginning of a new chapter in school sports. We look forward to developing a programme with ITFC that emulates the success of the College’s rugby programme and relationship with Northampton Saints.’

St Joseph’s College International Football Academy

The Academy runs as a fully integrated programme within an educational pathway, overseen by  Head of Football, Mr Eadie.

Student athletes have access to five hours of training per week, plus Sports Scholarship support in terms of match analysis, Strength and Conditioning, one-to-one mentoring and fixtures.

The Academy accepts students from Year 7 to Sixth Form entry. Academicians will compete in the Independent Schools League and England Colleges Football Association competitions where appropriate.

The Academy caters for student athletes of varying levels of ability and the programme focuses on talent identification & development.