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All students at the i2i International Soccer Academy train like full-time professionals five days a week with our UEFA licensed coaches who have previously worked at clubs such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Leicester City and Hull City to name just a few.

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i2i International Soccer Academy Coaching Staff 


Jono Greening

Jono enjoyed a highly successful professional career as a football player, which included a three year spell at Manchester United. Jono was part of Manchester United’s 1998-1999 famous treble winning side which won the Champions League, the Premier League and the FA Cup. He went on to win the League Cup with Middlesbrough before signing for West Bromwich Albion for £1.25m where he captained the side to the Championship title.

In 2009, Jono signed for Fulham and helped them to reach the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final – winning PFA Team of the Year. Jono is a deep lying midfielder who scored 17 goals throughout his career, as well as three for England’s U21 side.

He is a UEFA A Licensed Coach who has coached at Nottingham Forest and York
City. He acts as a mentor for students on
our pro-level coaching programme.



Bryan Hughes

Bryan is a former professional football player who played in the English Premier League with Birmingham City, Charlton Athletic and Hull City. In a career spanning three decades, Bryan made nearly 500 pro appearances - playing against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham on a weekly basis. 

As well as being the first player to score a goal in the new Millenium, Bryan can also lay claim to scoring a winning penalty for Charlton against Chelsea in one of Jose Mourinho’s very few defeats at Stamford Bridge. 

As a UEFA A licensed coach, Bryan’s role is to oversee the pro-level coaching programme. He acts as a mentor for students on our



Michael Ingham

Head of Goalkeeping

Michael is a professional goalkeeper who has made over 400 appearances for clubs such as Sunderland, Stoke City and York City.

Michael’s illustrious career spans over seventeen years and has won two trophies. During his nine years at York City, Michael kept an extremely impressive 116 clean sheets in 326 games.

Michael represented his country Northern Ireland from U18’s level all the way up to senior level playing against talented nations like Germany, Uruguay and Wales in International fixtures.

Michael is a qualified UEFA A license coach who has recently worked with York City’s Academy Goalkeepers.


Lee Nogan


Lee is a former professional footballer who in total made over 580 appearances in a career spanning over 18 years for clubs such as Watford, Reading, Oxford United and York City. Lee was a clinical striker who scored 117 goals, one of which coming in a Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium for Reading. Lee also represented his country Wales from youth level all the way up to the senior squad.

Lee is a qualified UEFA A license coach who has worked at Port Vale, Halifax Town and Gateshead as Assistant Manager.  


Chris Holloway


Chris is an experienced football coach who spent 20 years working at West Bromwich Albion as a development officer for the community programme and academy on top of managing the Ladies team. Following on from this stint, Chris moved on to Coventry City to also work with the Ladies team before moving up north to York City, taking on an academy role there.

After a 24-month spell at Bootham Crescent, Chris then went to another Yorkshire club in Doncaster Rovers and enjoyed another two-year spell there before deciding to join the i2i International Soccer Academy.


Jason Blunt


Jason began his playing career with Leeds United, making a handful of first-team appearances in the Premier League for the club, making his first team debut under Howard Wilkinson. Jason went onto play for clubs such as Blackpool, Scarborough, Doncaster Rovers and Tamworth before securing his UEFA A coaching license. Jason has extensive coaching and managerial experience boosting impressive roles as Sutton United and Leeds United U23 manager.


Darren Williams


Williams began his career at York City, but made his name at Sunderland in the English Premier League for whom he signed in 1996. He moved to Cardiff City in 2004, then on Hartlepool United in 2005, and played for Bradford City during the 2007–08 season. He went on to play with Dundee, Gateshead and Gainsborough Trinity before joining Whitby. Darren is a UEFA A license coach and has also managed semi-professional team Whitby Town.



Danial Parker


Dan is an FA Level 3 (UEFA B) coach who also holds FA Youth Award Modules 1, 2 FA Futsal and FA Coaching Disabled Footballers. Dan was previously the Community manager for York City Football Club Foundation and has 20 years’ experience working in football development. He has also worked for York City FC centre of excellence/Academy working for 4 years with the under 15/16 squads and experience in the women and girls football having coached within the North Yorkshire Girls Centre of excellence.

In May 2015, Danial completed the Afpe Level 3 in Physical Education and School Sport to support his work when coaching in Primary and Secondary school across North Yorkshire in his new role as the Tadcaster Albion FC/i2i life Foundation Manager.



Neil Sanderson


Nelly was a successful goalkeeper playing with both York Railway Institute and York City (1984-86). Nelly set up City Football Development and has overseen the coaching of hundreds of youngsters across Yorkshire. Dozens of his players have since progressed to professional clubs with many also representing their national youth teams. CFD and i2i joined forces at the beginning of 2015 – with both companies sharing the same philosophy on how to best develop young players.

i2i International Soccer Academy Management



Danny Gore

Director of Sport

Danny has worked at i2i for more than a decade where he has a proven track record in senior management roles.

He now oversees all elements of i2i Sports and is responsible for the International Soccer Academy, the domestic Soccer Academy and Tadcaster Albion.

He is a skilled organiser who is instrumental in securing sponsorship and funding for i2i Sports.




Jay Taylor

Digital Media Manager

In 2015 Jay graduated from the University College of Football Business with an Honours degree in Football Business & Media.  

Jay’s role with the i2i International Soccer Academy and i2i’s UK Academy is to manage all social media channels providing fresh and innovative content including pictures, posters, videos and interviews on a daily basis.

Jay is also Media Manager at i2i’s Semi-Professional club Tadcaster Albion which includes running all social media channels, filming matches and website editing.

Jay recently experienced how the Soccer media works in the United States after covering Orlando City Soccer Club in the MLS meeting star players Kaka, Julio Baptista and Antonio Nocerino.   



Corey Roper

Head of Recruitment

After signing for Leeds United’s Academy at the age of 7, Corey signed a scholarship in 2012 before going on to represent the whites at U18 and U21 level.

More recently, Corey signed a three-year deal at Wrexham FC making his debut in 2015.

Corey recently graduated from university with a 1st class Honors degree in Sports Coaching, along with gaining his Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification and Level 2 Fitness Instructor.


Danny Wiltshire & Connor Mayall

Sports Recruiters

Danny & Connor are Sports Recruiters at the i2i International Soccer Academy who are responsible for recruiting soccer student athletes both abroad and in the UK.

They frequently travel to North America to identify potential students and to spread the word about the opportunities available through the Academy.