Success Stories

Past and Upcoming Stars

Moorland School has helped produce numerous professional footballers and currently nurtures a succession of rising stars.

John Cofie

Whilst boarding at Moorland, John was signed for Burnley in 2007. He later agreed terms with Manchester United in 2009 and was placed in their academy. He signed professional terms in 2010 with the ‘Reds’ and has subsequently made great impact in the Forward position.

Niall Mason

Niall came to Moorland School Football Academy from Real Madrid under the footballing grapevine attracted by the coaching skills on offer. Niall started training at Blackburn Rovers FC and is now progressing well at Southampton FC playing in the under 18’s where he is the captain also.

Luke Tabone

Born in Malta, Luke is a boarder at Moorland. Having represented the Malta Football Association (MFA), he is currently working his way through the Elite program. A Central Defender, Luke is a first hand example of how the Academy structure can shape your football career.

Alex Curran

Alex is a creative mid-forward attacking player currently signed at Blackburn Rovers Academy under 15’s. Alex can play either side, left or right, with clever thinking on the pitch. He continues to impress and will hopefully develop into a top player.

Stefan Mols

A capable Centre Midfield player, Started at Moorland School Football Elite Junior Year 3 and has since come through the Junior development programme. Stefan originates from Marbella in Spain. Currently signed on the academy contract with Blackburn Rovers, Stefan has progressed through the Elite to a successful level.

Elis Harding

Representing local club Mellor Juniors, Ellis moves between the Right Wing and Striker positions. Having been fortunate to trial for Manchester City Academy, Ells is continuing to work hard on his skills development and towards an academy contract.

Callum Smith

A very active central midfield player, Callum currently plays for town club Clitheroe Wolves. In his own words, “my biggest achievement to date was getting a trial for Blackburn Rovers”. The level that Callum has achieved so far will no doubt open up further opportunities.

Joe Grayson

Originally from Leicester, Started at Moorland School kindergarten early years and has moved through the Football Elite development programme. Joe began his Elite career playing for local town clubs Hyndburn and Ribble Valley. A strong Centre Midfield player, Joe holds an academy contract with Blackburn Rovers. Joe is the son of PNE Manager Simon Grayson.

Lewis Richmond

From Hanover, Germany, Lewis’ favoured position is Midfield. Since representing local teams in Hanover, Lewis now boards at Moorland and plays for Hyndburn and Ribble Valley. Having trialled for Borussia Monchengladbach and Blackburn Rovers, Lewis is showing strong promise for his football future.

Rhesia Baron

Rhesia developed her skills to Premiership level and was noticed by several top American clubs. This led to her receiving a scholarship to a top American University where she now Majors in Law. Rhesia has also starred in several official UEFA training videos.