Coaching Staff

Moorland School Football Coaches

Charlie Jackson – Football Academy Manager

Not many Coaches can say that they have worked for 3 Premiership winning clubs, had their training sessions recorded by UEFA Training Ground, been acclaimed by numerous football icons and developed a unique and successful method of coaching.

Alongside underpinning the close friendship between Moorland School and Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Charlie is also a Development Coach for Manchester City FC and has recently been signed by the Scottish FA to lead their only English Elite Development Centre, which is based at Moorland.

We offer the same development ethos as any top Premier League club. Our emphasis is on development and creating well mannered and honest footballers who work as a team.

- Charlie Jackson - Football Academy Manager

Charlie aims to encourage young footballers to touch the ball as many times as possible during training drills. A willingness to improve technique and have the ball at their feet are prerequisites for any youngster taking part in a Matrix training session. The old coaching mantras of two-touch and one-touch are banned under the laws of Matrix methodology, as Charlie succinctly states, “Why limit the imagination of a player”.

Giulio Romano and Danny Morton

Joining Charlie Jackson are fellow MCFC Coaches Danny Morton and Goalkeeper Coach Giulio Romano.

Danny has worked alongside Charlie since 2013 as a Football Fitness Coach. Danny sets the same high fitness and physical expectations upon the players as he does upon himself. He knows that they will not make it at the highest levels within the game based on skill alone.

Giulio started out his career playing for Massa Lubrense Academy as a Youth Player before moving on to the U18’s First Team.

Studying Sports Science at the Parthenope University he completed a Degree in 2012 and immediately after trained for his UEFA B License in Italy with some of the best Coaches in the country.

Martin Jones

Head of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Programme is Martin Jones.

Martin has vast experience of playing and coaching football in the UK and overseas as well as leading and delivering high quality BTEC programmes across the country.

Martin started his professional career as a goalkeeper at Tranmere Rovers FC before moving to the United States to play professional indoor football in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) for the Wichita Wings.

Whilst in the States Martin was appointed Director of Coaching of a major youth programme, overseeing the development of over 500 youngsters.

Martin currently holds a UEFA B licence, has been a qualified teacher for 10 years and works closely with his brother Stuart (Head of Operations at Blackburn Rovers Academy) providing a full day release programme for Moorland BTEC students at Blackburn Rovers training facility.

Daniel Finch

BTEC Sport Tutor at Moorland School.

Playing Experience – I came through the youth setup at Blackburn Rovers FC from the age of 10-16 years of old. At 16 years old I signed 2 year YTS forms with Preston North End FC where I featured for the youth team & reserve team sides between 2005 – 2007.

Following being released in 2007 I played non league for Rossendale United FC, Chorley FC, Darwen FC & Nelson FC.

Coaching Experience – I started coaching in August 2012 where I was the U19 Football Coach / Elite Sports Tutor at Accrington & Rossendale College, followed by being appointed the Head of Youth at Nelson Football Club for the season 13/14.

In 2014 I was appointed by Blackburn Rovers FC as the Academy as a coach of the U7s (2014) U8s (2015) U12s (2016).

Academic / Coaching Education – PGCE in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector, BSc Honours Degree in Sport & Exercise Science, Assessor Qualified, UEFA B Licence, Full Youth Award Football Coaching Modules 1-3, First Aid in Sport Certificated, plus additional multiple sports & fitness qualifications.

Current Positions:

  • Assistant Head of Education & Player Liaison Officer at Blackburn Rovers FC Academy
  • U12 Assistant Coach at Blackburn Rovers FC Academy
  • BTEC Sport Tutor at Moorland School