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Priority Football Academy

In partnership with Nailsea School

As the football industry continues to experience a high rate of growth, the career opportunities within it have never been better for young people. With a focus on education and providing opportunities, we aim to help you build the experience and qualifications you need to stand out from the competition when starting your career in Football.

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Meet Your Coaches

Rob Prior

Rob formerly coached at the Bristol Rovers Academy for 4 years and holds the UEFA B Licence and Youth Award qualifications. He has a wide range of experience from Under 9s to senior football and is the current Nailsea United First Team Manager. Rob’s previous clubs include Clevedon Town and Yate Town where he has been lucky enough to work with some of the most experienced and respected coaches in the area.

“I am thrilled to provide such an opportunity for 16-18 year olds to continue their enjoyment of football and their development as a player. This programme allows us to continue our involvement within the community and to extend our support to students when transitioning into adulthood. Working with Nailsea School, we aim to provide the best sporting opportunities for our students so they can go on to succeed in their chosen careers.”

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Alex Lumsden

As well as our Head Coach, Alex is a Youth Development Phase Coach at Forest Green Rovers and previously worked at Bristol Rovers for 3 years. He too holds the UEFA B Licence and Youth Award qualifications and is currently a UEFA A Licence candidate with the Scottish FA. Alex has a vast amount of experience producing pathways for young players stepping into semi-professional football, most recently with Slimbridge AFC in the Southern League.

“At 16 I decided to join a Football and Education Programme and they were two of my best years in football. You learn so much at a key stage of your life – for me it was adapting to senior football as a player and studying to become a coach. We hope to provide the same amount of enjoyment and learning experiences to students so they too will be inspired to progress within sport.”

Rob Prior

Rob formerly coached at the Bristol Rovers Academy for 4 years and holds the UEFA B Licence and Youth Award qualifications. He has a wide range of experience from Under 9s to senior football and is the current Nailsea United First Team Manager. Rob’s previous clubs include Clevedon Town and Yate Town where he has been lucky enough to work with some of the most experienced and respected coaches in the area.

“I am thrilled to provide such an opportunity for 16-18 year olds to continue their enjoyment of football and their development as a player. This programme allows us to continue our involvement within the community and to extend our support to students when transitioning into adulthood. Working with Nailsea School, we aim to provide the best sporting opportunities for our students so they can go on to succeed in their chosen careers.”

Alex Lumsden

Alex is currently a Youth Development Phase Coach at Forest Green Rovers and previously worked at Bristol Rovers with Rob for 3 years. He too holds a UEFA B Licence and Youth Award qualification and is the First Team Assistant Manager of Southern League side Slimbridge AFC, in South Gloucestershire. Alex has a vast amount of experience producing pathways for young players stepping into semi-professional football.

“At 16 I decided to join a Football and Education Programme and they were two of my best years in football. You learn so much at a key stage of your life – for me it was adapting to senior football as a player and studying to become a coach. We hope to provide the same amount of enjoyment and learning experiences to students so they too will be inspired to progress within sport.”

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About our trial days

Due to the impact of COVID-19, we are postponing all of our Trial Days for the foreseeable future. All applicants will receive an unconditional offer to join the Academy upon application, and once it is safe to do so, we will invite you to attend one of our Trial Days.

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