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Jon Beale

Academy Manager

Jon was appointed as Professional Development Phase Coach, working with the Academy’s Under-18 squad, in May 2014 before being promoted to the role of Head of Academy Coaching eight months later. Prior to his arrival at the Tigers’ Academy, he worked at Swansea City’s Academy where he undertook a number of different roles within the Academy’s structure ranging from Foundation Phase Lead Coach to Head of Academy Coaching, playing a major role in the Academy’s transition from Category 3 status to Category 2 status. UEFA ‘A’ Licence qualified, Jon has over 10 years’ experience of coaching within professional football club Academy set-ups and stepped up to the role of Academy Manager in November 2016.

Kris Blakeston

Head of Academy Coaching

Kris is one of the longest serving members of the Academy staff having worked at the club for eight years now.  Previous Roles include Lead Foundation Phase Coach, and assistant youth development phase coach. Kris’s new role is the Lead Youth Development Phase Coach, which sees him responsbile for looking after the Under-12s-Under-16s age groups. Kris has coaching experience of every age group in the Academy set-up – ranging from Under-7s to Under-21s/Reserves - and currently coaches the Academy's Under-15s/16s side. Kris is currently undertaking his UEFA 'A' Licence.

Frankie Hunter

Head of Sport Science & Medicine

Frankie is the newest recruit at the Academy having been appointed as Head of Sport Science & Medicine in November 2014. After serving a year’s internship at Southampton during the 2012/13 season, she was employed by the South-Coast club as Academy GPS Analyst for the following campaign before progressing to the role of First Team Sports Scientist, with a special interest in the designing, implementation and delivering of all on field rehabilitation fitness programmes essentially bridging the gap from clinical to return to play. Frankie’s qualifications include a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science, MSc (Res) Performance Physiology whilst also being a UEFA ‘B’ qualified coach, along with the FA Youth Award Modules 1 and 2.

Martin Dunn

Head of Recruitment

Martin is one of the newest members of staff in the Academy set-up having been appointed in September 2014. His responsibilities centre on ensuring that the club is at the forefront in the identification and engagement of young players and the robust recruitment structures and policies. Martin has been employed in the recruitment and development of young players within a professional sporting environment for the past 15 years, during which he has worked with a number of clubs and players at local and international level.

Kathy Rowe OBE

Head of Safeguarding

Kathy has been involved with the Club as a safeguarding advisor since 2008 before being appointed as Safeguarding Manager in November 2013 and has had a key role in shaping the Academy’s recently-introduced safeguarding polices. Kathy boasts a wealth of experience in her field, having previously worked as the Principal Manager of the Hull Safeguarding Children Board where she was awarded an OBE in 2006 for her work with children who give evidence in court, and in 2011 was awarded a Safeguarding Star by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit.


Matt Murphy

Head of Education

Matt has been employed by the Academy in the role of Head of Education since October 2014. His role at the Academy is to assist each player in their development and academic progress, liaising with schools, colleges and universities in matters concerning players' education and welfare along with forming links with Education establishments. Matt has degrees in Sport and Exercise Science and Sport Coaching Science gained during his time at Manchester Metropolitan University and completed his PGCE at the University of Huddersfield.

Terry Boyle

Professional Development Phase Coach

Terry is another new face at the Academy having been appointed in the role of Professional Development Phase Coach working with the Under-21 Development Squad in June 2014. As a UEFA Pro Licence holder, Terry brings with him a wealth of experience in football, as a player, during which he played for Wales at every level and made over 500 league appearances, coach and staff instructor delivering courses and mentoring coaches at UEFA ‘A’ Licence level.

Richard Naylor

Professional Development Phase Coach

Former Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United defender who made over 470 career appearances, Richard was appointed as the Academy’s new Professional Development Phase Coach in the summer of 2016. After retiring form the game in 2012, he began his coaching career at Leeds United, leading their Under-18 side to the league title in his first season in charge. A UEFA ‘A’ Licence qualified coach, Richard manages the Academy’s Under-18 side in partnership with Richard O’Donnell.

Richard O'Donnell

Professional Development Phase Coach

A UEFA ‘A’ Licence qualified coach, Richard was appointed as Professional Development Phase Coach, working alongisde Richard Naylor with the Academy’s Under-18s squad, in January 2015. He was on the books at both Barnsley and Scunthorpe United as a youngster, only for a serious knee injury to curtail any hopes of enjoying a career as a professional footballer. He began his coaching career working in York City’s youth set-up before becoming a part-time coach at the Tigers’ Academy in August 2008, working with the Under-15 and Under-16 sides, prior to joining the coaching staff at Bishop Burton on a full-time basis six-and-a-half years later.

Steve Croudson

Head of Academy Goalkeeping

Steve joined the Academy as Head of Academy Goalkeeping in July 2014 having previously been a Goalkeeping Coach at Grimsby Town for eight years working with all goalkeepers from the Under-9s to the first team. A former professional footballer, he began his career with the Mariners in 1996 and spent seven years at the club before going on to have spells at Scunthorpe United, Stevenage and Halifax Town. However, his playing days came to a premature end when he was forced to retire at the age of 24 due to a recurring dislocated shoulder. Steve is close to finishing his FA Goalkeeping ‘A’ Licence.


John Anderson

Lead Youth Development Phase Coach

Former Hull City defender John joined the club’s Academy as Lead Youth Development Coach in November 2013. He enjoyed a 13-year playing career in the game during which he had spells at Greenock Morton, Livingston and Bristol Rovers as well as the Tigers. UEFA ‘A’ Licence qualified, John oversees the Under-12s-Under-16s age groups within the Academy set-up.

Matt Hare

Assistant Youth Development Phase Coach

Matt first joined the coaching staff at the Academy over six years ago, starting out working at Development Centres before being promoted to part-time age group coach in 2010, working in both the Foundation and Youth Development phases during his five years in the role. He joined the coaching staff at Bishop Burton on a full-time basis as Assistant Youth Development Phase Coach in 2015, where he works alongside Lead Youth Development Coach Kris Blakeston with the Under-12s-Under-16s sides at the Academy. Along with holding a degree in Physical Education as well as a PGCE, Matt is also currently undertaking his UEFA ‘A’ licence.

Daniel O'Keeffe

Lead Foundation Phase Coach

Daniel recently joined the coaching staff on a full-time basis having previously worked for the Academy in a part-time role for more than 15 years. All-in-all, he has been coaching for over 20 years now, during which time he has also worked for Hull City Football in the Community, East Riding FA and The FA prior to taking up his current position of Lead Foundation Phase Coach in the Tigers’ youth set-up. Daniel is currently working towards his Advanced FA Youth Award.

Ally Hamilton

Lead Academy Sport Scientist

Ally is currently in his second spell at the Academy having previously worked as an Academy Coach and Sports Science intern for seven years between 2005-2012. He returned to the club from Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 2013 and is currently combining his duties at Hull City with working as a Sport Scientist in the England Under-15 set-up. Ally’s qualifications include a BSc Hons in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Hull whilst also being a UEFA ‘B’ Licence coach.

Ben Tempest

Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach and Education Assistant

Ben was appointed as Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach at the Academy in July 2014, and also doubles up as an Education Assistant. His main role is to ensure that players are fully prepared physically to be able to meet the demands of professional football and to implement all Strength and Conditioning programmes/interventions for the Academy. He first started working in the Academy set-up back in August 2007 on a part-time basis to support the development of the Sports Science/Strength & Conditioning Programme. Ben holds a degree in Sports Performance and is currently undergoing his Strength & Conditioning accreditation.

Matt Booth

Lead Academy Physio

Matt studied Physiotherapy at York St John University and graduated in 2012 before being employed by Hull City as an intern ahead of the 2012/13 season. He was handed a full-time position at the club to oversee the Under-21 side the following campaign and was promoted to role of Lead Academy Physio in the summer of 2014, overseeing the medical needs for the Academy. Matt is currently undergoing a Masters qualification in Sport and Medicine at Birmingham University, which he is due to complete in 2017.

Duncan Robson

Academy Therapist

Duncan has been part of the Academy’s Medical Department for four years now, and is part of the multi-disciplinary team based up at Bishop Burton alongside the Under-21s. Primarily, Duncan is responsible for the Under-18 squad as well as providing injury diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for the remaining Academy teams from Under-9s-Under-16s. Last year, he oversaw the transition of the Sport Science and Medical department in progressing from a Category 3 to Category 2 status as part of the club’s continued progression to attain overall Category 2 status.

Kevin Abel

Academy Therapist

Originally from Northern Ireland, Kevin has been at the club since 2009 during which he has worked at first team, reserves and Academy level. Day-to-day, Kevin is responsible for the health and rehabilitation of all Academy teams from Under-9s-Under-18s. He has taken a lead role in the development of the Academy’s movement, screening and injury prevention programme. Kevin will finish his degree in Physiotherapy in June 2016.

Frank Donoghue

Kit Logistics Manager

Currently the longest-serving member of staff on the club’s books, Frank has been an employee of Hull City since way back in 1984! He played a key role in starting-up the Tigers’ Centre of Excellence 20 years ago, which has now developed into the current Academy set-up. Frank is in charge of all kit organisation and management within the Academy: ordering and supplying new kit, managing match and training-day kit for all ages and acting as Kit Man for all Academy sides. On top of all those responsibilities, Frank is also the resident handyman in the Academy set-up as well as organising the ball-boys for first team fixtures.

Christian Sansam

Assistant Academy Kit Manager

Another former player in the Academy ranks, Hull-born Christian began his career at Scunthorpe United, where he made his first team debut at the age of 16. After spells at Scarborough, Bradford City and the Tigers, he travelled abroad and played football in Europe and Asia. He has a Degree in psychology and sports science and joined the Academy staff as Assistant Academy Kit Manager midway through the 2015/16 campaign.

Craig Fairbairn

Lead Academy Analyst

Upon graduating from the University of Hull with a degree in Sports Coaching and Performance, Craig embarked on a PhD in Performance Analysis. During this time, he learned his trade in Rugby League working with Hull Kingston Rovers and the New Zealand Kiwis in the Rugby League World Cup. An avid football fan, Craig jumped at the chance to join the Academy set-up as part-time Performance Analyst for the Under-18s before being given the role of Lead Academy Analyst, working with the Under-9s-Under-21s, on a full time basis with the aim of assisting young talent on their progression to becoming professional footballers.

Charlotte Carrington

Academy Secretary

Charlotte has been working in the Academy set-up since September 2012 after previously training and working as a Management Accountant. In her current role, Charlotte is responsible for ensuring all Academy administration matters comply with football’s governing bodies’ (Premier League, The Football League, The FA, UEFA & FIFA) rules and regulations, along with the organisation of all office practice within the Academy. This consists of all the administration surrounding player registrations, fixtures, Academy events and tournaments, whilst also providing all the necessary assistance for Academy Manager Jon Beale and the technical staff.

Martin Batstone


Martin started his voluntary role as Chaplain to the Academy in the 2015/16 season. He is a member of the Sports Chaplaincy UK who provide Chaplaincy services to professional sport across the country. His role is to provide pastoral and spiritual support to staff, players and their families in a confidential and non-judgemental approach. As an ordained Methodist Church Minister, he has 20 years of pastoral experience working in a variety of settings and is currently employed by the University of Hull as the Head of Student Support Services which provides emotional and mental health support to Students.