S4K are delighted to announce Simon Clark as our new Director of football. In this article we will be going through Simon’s vast experience in the professional game, and we hope you share our excitement about where Simon can lead the future of our S4K Football Programme!
As an ex professional footballer with over 300 appearances, Simon retired in 2004 and has since coached at an elite level from 1st team level management to leading elite youth coaching programs, in the Championship and across the English Football League.
He is the ideal person to lead S4K to a new era of elite player development from the S4K Academy and S4K FC to produce representative teams and pathways into higher levels and even into the professional game.
Simon is highly qualified and holds the pinnacle of badges. Simon is currently close to completing his UEFA Pro Licence and has already achieved the UEFA A License, The FA Advanced Youth Award and has developed numerous players to the very top of the game. The FA Advanced Youth award has been designed specifically to help create a highly skilled, world class community of youth coaches within the English game, and Simon is recognised as one of them. Recent players Simon has been instrumental to, in their development, include Ademola Lookman who now plays for Leicester City and Ezri Konsa who plays for Aston Villa, Joe Gomez at Liverpool and Nick Pope at Burnley.
Improvements and Enhancements to an Already Successful Football Programme…
Simon Clark comes in to a role that is already set up with the future in mind. With our industry leading session plans, and progression pathway, there’s a brilliant foundation for Simon to build upon.
Firstly, with his array of connections in the footballing world, we hope to be able to offer our S4K Academy teams with the chance to play against some of the best academy teams in the country. This will instil a competitive side to our Academy, as players compete to be in with a chance of selection for these big games. And with competitiveness, comes improvement, as the players constantly look at developing their skills and growing themselves as a rounded players. The offer of such games will also provide a gateway to the next level of our players’ footballing journey, as they look to impress in front of Pro Academy coaches and players.
Similarly to the friendlies against Pro Academies, we will begin to take advantage of our network of franchises, by setting up interregional tournaments. Much like mentioned before, this will further grow the fun, but competitive environment of our academies.
We are very excited to be welcoming Simon to the S4K team, his vast experience will help us take our football programme to the next level. Watch his full, captivating, interview by clicking on the video above, where he discusses everything from his experience in the professional game, to his hopes and aspirations for the S4K Football Programme.