Will Ryder


I am a focused and ambitious, high-performing team manager and coach, motivated by developing individual and team performance. I have an exemplary record of qualifications which follows the framework defined by the English Football Association. My achievements have been a direct result of drive, discipline and relationship building. I am well-respected by players and staff, including senior management in the football clubs that I work and have worked in.

As a former player at conference level and also in the Premier, North and South EvoStik leagues, in addition to the International honours at the World University Games and England Futsal I have gained I feel I have a good understanding of the role, the working environment and the overall requirements to be successful at this level of the football tier.  I have a clear passion for and commitment to developing players and teams at elite level football.

Being a current head academy coach and phase lead as well as a business owner, I understand the importance of communication and strong leadership on and off the pitch; between players, management/coach to player and the staff team as a whole. This plays a key role in a successful cohesive team and I have found myself to be a key part of this at my current and past clubs that I have worked in. As my role at Stoke City FC involves more than just an academy coach, I understand that time management, individual goal setting and prioritisation are vital to achieving targets. I am very competent in forward planning to ensure that specific tasks are completed ahead of schedule.

I have many years of experience of football at EvoStik level and above, having represented Halifax Town, Leigh RMI, Guiseley, Ossett Town, Mossley, Wakefield, Harrogate Railway, Newcastle Town and Kidsgrove in the semi professional game. I am currently working towards my UEFA A licence and have a background of working with players at this level and above.  With my passion in my full time role at youth development I have an in-depth knowledge and passion to produce local talent.

I also have experience of managing budgets and working within a structure in my past role of assistant manager at Wakefield FC, in addition to my role of managing director and founder of my business.


Degree – Sport and Exercise Science (BSc) Upper Secondary Class Hons

A Level – Physical Education, Biology, Psychology

GCSE’s – 10 Qualifications Level A and B



FA Level 4 (UEFA A)  –  Summer 2013

FA Level 4 (UEFA A) Prep Course

FA Youth Award Module 3

FA Level 3 Goalkeeping Course – Working towards assessment

Talent ID Course

FA Level 3 (UEFA B)

FA Youth Award Module 2

FA Youth Award Module 1

FA Level 2

FA Futsal Award

FA 1st Aid Award

FA Child Protection

Enhanced CRB completed with MCFC and SCFC

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