School coach’s proudest moment

UEFA qualified coach Charlie Jackson.
UEFA qualified coach Charlie Jackson.

CHARLIE Jackson, Elite Football Coach at Heysham High School, was invited by Scotland’s Football Association to deliver his Matrix Soccer Master Class to several schools, before hosting a party of delegates and former professional players, who saw his methods in action.

Mr Jackson, who was born in Dundee but now lives in the Ribble Valley, said: “It was the proudest moment of my life to be asked to coach in Scotland, my home country.

“I was presented with a Scotland shirt afterwards and it is incredible for my coaching to be recognised in that way. It was such an honour for me.”

Mr Jackson has been busy forging a reputation for nurturing young talent.

He has enjoyed a coaching stint with Blackburn Rovers, but has now linked up with Manchester City as his methods continue to attract nationwide attention.

Steven Hamilton, a Scottish FA Football Development Officer, said: “We’d heard a lot about Mr Jackson’s coaching methods and he made an outstanding impression on the young players and the special guests.

“Everyone could see the confidence, concentration, and improvement in them – and Mr Jackson has a real ability to make young people better via his coaching methods.”

Heysham head Maurice Graham said: “Mr Jackson is a fantastic coach and we are very proud of him at the school. He is an inspiration to our students.”