NEWS | Jamie Yates Appointed as Football Development Coach

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust can confirm Jamie Yates has joined as Football Development Coach.

The role will see the former Millers star lead the Education Shadow Academy, which is a programme designed to give talented young players between the ages of 16 and 18 the chance to combine academic studies with practical football experience.

Jamie made over 30 appearances for Rotherham United scoring his first-ever goal at the age of just 18. He has since enjoyed a successful league and non-league career in football playing for teams such as Burton Albion, Boston United and now plays for Sheffield FC. He is hoping to use his experience to support the students to develop their football ability and pursue future opportunities in football.

Jamie will also oversee the U12’s – U16’S Future Stars squads, which is a Community Football Development programme based at Parkgate Astro. These sessions are structured similar to our clubs academy and give young players the chance to build their skills & game knowledge whilst learning to work within a team.

Jamie’s vision is to create a pathway that allows all players the opportunity to move either into professional football, semi-professional football, or the best level possible within their abilities.

Alongside supporting the players he will also support the young coaches within the Trust with a CPD programme designed to help them improve their coaching abilities.

Head of Community, Jamie Noble said: “We are delighted to welcome Jamie to the Trust to lead on our Shadow Academy programme and Future Stars programme. This will provide a fantastic opportunity for our students and participants to learn from someone of Jamie’s calibre. Not only will he be able to support their football development during training sessions but also pass on his knowledge and experience to help them pursue their career goals.”

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