Meet The Team

Wayne Watkins

Has enjoyed many years of working in various roles at Manchester United, including Residential Director, Coach Mentor, Project Manager and, currently, talent identification. Has experience coaching elite international teams, having worked with Juventus, skills-tested all the Manchester United Academy Players and conducted First Team player workshop coaching sessions with Manchester United. Wayne is a UEFA-qualified coach who also holds a Youth Coaching License and a BA in Sports Development & Coaching.

Ian Fitzpatrick

Played for Manchester United for 11 years, including a 3-year professional contract. He has represented England as a Schoolboy International and is a graduate of the F.A National School scholarship programme gaining many caps playing U14 to U18. He has made over 100 league appearances in the UK and has playing experience overseas Also a UEFA qualified coach, and holds a BA in Sports Development & Coaching.

Derek Langley

Player Recruitment Officer for the last 11 years at Manchester United Football Club. All players entering the club do so through Derek, who was also a professional football player for Burnley F.C.

Derek works closely with World At Your Feet Soccer Academy to provide valuable advice and guidance in relation to talent identification and scouting procedures to create pathways for players to progress into professional clubs.

Michael Renwick

Michael is one of our more experienced coaches, holding both A & B UEFA licences. He has had a fantastic playing career, in which he played a large number of Scottish Premier League games for Hibernian FC against teams such as Celtic and Rangers. Michael has also managed several well-known Scottish football clubs, and his playing and coaching experience makes him a key staff members.

Lee Fitzpatrick

Lee first developed his football career at Manchester United, where he spent 6 years playing and learning at their Academy. He then progressed onto a scholarship and a 4-year professional contract at Blackburn Rovers FC, working under managers such as Roy Hodgson and Brian Kidd. Lee has also spent many years as a professional footballer, playing for various clubs in the English football leagues. He is a UEFA/FA-qualified coach and has great player perspective attributes.

Michelle Fairbrother

Michelle is our highly qualified physio and higher education tutor at degree level (sports training & rehab). She also worked in various elite professional clubs and has worked consistantly with the FA & PFA as a sports rehabilitator, medical and safe guarding tutor. Michelle's expearience and education is second to none making her an important part of the team.

James Barraclough

James is a UEFA coach with 7 years experience working for Manchester United, James has a degree in Sports Science and Masters in Sports Psychology. He is also a qualified teacher with a PGDE. James has also spent time working with ‘UFC fighters’ delivering psychology and nutritional programs to prepare them mentally. As well as coaching, James delivers all our sport science topics and reinforces the concept 'where the body goes the mind must follow’.

Damian Crossley

Damian is a UEFA-qualified coach with extensive experience in the professional game, Damian currently works full-time at Rochdale Football Club as a coach in their Academy. Damian has also spent many years working overseas mainly in the United States for many years. This experience has enabled him to coach players of all ages and abilities, making him become very diverse in his coaching and efficient in his delivery.

Andrew Sensale

Andrew currently runs our community projects and plays semi-professional football for Ramsbottom United and holds a BA honours in Sports Coaching. Andrew has also had invaluable learning as a player from experiences at Coventry and Leeds Utd Academy. He has also gained valuable coaching concepts during his experiences from coaching in Italy and is FA qualified

Courtney Crooks

Courtney also runs our community projects in the UK. He has vast experiences as a semi-professional playing and an ex-academy player for Blackpool and Bury, and is a FA qualified coach.

Carl Brown

Carl is a new recruitment through our careers opportunities and pathways system. Previously Carl has had several years coaching young players and is FA qualified, Carls main attributes means has the perfect balance in enthusiasm and attitude. This combination will only aid his personal development in becoming an excellent coach and strengthening WAYF soccer academy coaching team.