Norwich City FC Legend Grant Holt joins Langley as Director of Football.
We are delighted to announce an exciting new structure to support our ever growing football programme, which includes an industry leading educational partnership with Norwich City Football Club.
Former Norwich City Legend Grant Holt will be joining the school in September as Director of Football. Grant will be working at Langley on a part time basis, alongside his coaching work with Norwich City’s Academy, and role as an ambassador for the football club. Grant will oversee all football activity at Langley, which includes three major areas:
1. Coaching and development of the 15 boys who are members of the Langley Football Academy, which combines a quality academic education with outstanding football coaching.
2. Continued raising of the standard of boys’ and girls’ football at the school, which has already led to county cup successes, and three national English Schools Football Association cup final appearances in the last three seasons.
3. Mentoring and monitoring of the 24 boys who attend Langley as part of the Norwich City FC’s Academy Schools Programme, many of whom who will be at Colney on day release with Grant on Tuesday of each week.
Grant Holt’s playing career included spells at clubs such as Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, however he is best known for scoring 78 goals in 168 games for Norwich City between 2009 and 2014, during which he was the fans’ Player of the Season on three occasions.
In the 2011-12 season, Grant was the second highest English goal scorer in the Premier League. Grant has recently completed his UEFA A licence, as he makes the switch from player to coach.
Grant will begin his new role when the school year starts in September:
“I am looking forward to working with the students at Langley to continue the development and profile of football at the school” Grant Holt
Former Norwich City Academy Foundation Phase Lead Coach, Ali Colman will also join Langley in September to take up the role of Head Football Coach. Ali is vastly experienced at coaching young players, having spent six years working in Norwich’s Category One Academy. Ali also holds a UEFA A licence, which enables coaches to work within the professional game.
Deputy Headmaster, Andrew Walker is excited for the new school year:
“I would like to pay tribute to Grant and Ali’s predecessor, Darren Eadie, who worked to build the Academy over the last three years. The appointments of Grant and Ali, alongside our existing Strength and Conditioning coaches, a full time Sports Physiotherapist and outstanding facilities, means that aspiring footballers at Langley have everything in place to achieve their very best, both on the football pitch and in the classroom.”