Meet our Coaches

We are the only College programme in Bedfordshire that has UEFA A licensed coaches working and educating the players. 

All coaches have a huge range of experience in working with elite players within professional football clubs both in this country and abroad.  Our academy manager, Colin Sharpe, has worked with professional clubs in this country and has spent nine years working across three continents with Manchester United.


Luton Town Education and Football Manager


UEFA A Licenced Coach. Delivering & managing of the Football Development Programme for over 14 years. FA Coach Educator, delivering and assessing the FA Level 1, 2 coaching licences. Residential Co-ordinator for Manchester United FC’s overseas players for 9 years. I have also had numerous roles within professional football club Academies.




Central Bedfordshire College and Luton Town Football Development Programme are delighted to welcome Leon Barnett as a coach for next season. Leon has had an outstanding career in football spanning over 10 years, starting at Luton Town Football Club, where he came through the academy system linked to the College. He went on to make 59 appearances for the first team. He has played over 300 hundred professional games including playing in the Premier League for Norwich City and West Brom. Away from the pitch, Leon has been working hard to obtain his coaching qualification in order to help the next generation of young footballers progress into playing professionally. He is currently a UEFA B licensed coach. We are thrilled to have Leon on board; he will bring immense experience and professionalism from his playing and coaching career into our programme, improving upon what we have already been doing with the students and academy and helping us go to the next level. We aim to give our students the best possible learning environment and staff of the highest calibre, and Leon will be a great asset to the programme.


Assistant Coach


Henry is now a Level 4 student who has been through our programming for 3 years winning two titles in his time at the college. He is aspiring to become a PE teacher. He currently holds his FA Level one coaching badge. Henry also plays Semi Professional football locally.


Strength and Conditioning Staff


Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach


Designing bespoke individual programmes to enhance specific S&C for their roles on the pitch in the formations that we play – 2019 – Jacob has a wealth of experience working with elite long distance runners, rugby players as well as professional footballers


Head Performance Analysis


Tyler played and instrumental part in us winning the ECFA League last year providing us with various clips on ourselves and our opponents


Opposition Analysis


Ben was responsible for our success last year providing footage on our opponents in order for us to plan how to achieve our goals of winning the league

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