North Yorkshire Soccer Academy

Meet the Team

Richard Darcy

Richard was a youth player with Middlesbrough, Sunderland and eventually completed a Scholarship with Scarborough FC when they were part of the football league. Rich also had brief spells with Nottingham Forest, Darlington, Harrogate Town, Marske and New Marske.

Rich completed his FA coaching certificate whilst playing for Scarborough in 1998.Rich has a love of the game which started when he was just seven, his father took him to his first game at Ayresome Park, he held a season ticket when Middlesbrough FC moved to the riverside stadium in 1995. The young coach credits these early experiences as invaluable for shaping his future football philosophy.Seeing Juninho, Emerson and Ravanelli made him dream of playing football professionally, like so many boys the dream did not come true. Richard feels that he can pass on his experiences of football and help the players of tomorrow achieve their dreams.

“I believe that with the correct coaching and mentoring at the foundation stage we can produce players that can be successful, achieving the success will ultimately come down to the individual but we can give them all of the tools they need. Success is measured differently for everyone, some call success being a professional footballer, some say success is getting into the school team, whichever it is we are here to help. Parents often ask me what can my child do to improve? The answer is pretty simple, children must first of all learn to master the ball, the boys and girls must become an excellent individual player. To do this the child must feel intrinsically motivated to practice, if a child is forced to do something the chances are they will not enjoy their experience and will not succeed long term. We get the kids for maybe an hour or ninety minutes per week, it’s what they do when they go home which will make the real difference. I like my players to play with no fear, try new things and don’t be afraid to make a mistake, in England we have a lack of flair players, players that can take a defender on in a 1v1 situation, Until we change this we will always struggle to compete on the world stage.”

  • Coerver Youth Diploma
  • Coerver ‘Play like the stars
  • CRB Number – 00344030980
  • FA Licensed Coaches Club Number – 000568429
  • FA Youth Award Module 1
  • FA Beginners Guide to Futsal
  • FA Coaching Certificate
  • FA Emergency Aid
  • FA Safeguarding children
  • Creative Coaching Agency Street Soccer Level 1
  • UEFA B licence
Connor Stapley

Connor is FA level 2 qualified coach. Connor has a wealth of experience in coaching for such a young age, Connor has been involved in coaching young footballers for more than 4 years. Connor has been a volunteeConor Sr coach at both Northallerton and Brompton where he has developed both a 7 a side and 11 a side team.

Connor continues to be involved with the North Riding County FA and is a member of their football futures team.

Connor holds FA Youth Module Awards 1, 2 and 3 and has also recently completed the Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma, a method used for many years by Europe’s leading clubs.

Connor’s only real downfall is the club he supports and has done since he was a young boy, you will have to ask him who it is as we cannot publish such information on this page!