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Dean Grayson sets up coaching school with help from the North-East Business and Innovation Centre
A NORTH-EAST footballer has a new goal to aim for after setting up a coaching academy.
Dean Grayson, a former Manchester United and Sheffield United player, has launched mobile coaching service, Pass Soccer Academy.
The 29-year-old, from Spennymoor, County Durham, teaches children as young as two how to develop skills and techniques.
The former West Auckland player returned to football after running out of money while travelling around Asia, and worked for the two biggest coaching companies in Sydney, Australia, to gain experience.
He received help from the North-East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), in Sunderland, who referred him to the New Enterprise Allowance programme and a £1,000 start-up loan.
He said: “I’ve always had a passion for all aspects of football and coaching felt like the natural next step to take.
“While travelling, I realised there was a strong market for coaching young children to help nurture the development of their skills and I wanted to pass on my experience.
“The BIC team were great in helping me to move my business forward and their expert funding advice has been invaluable.”
Mr Grayson was helped by BIC business adviser, Margaret Cook, who offered support on a business plan and cash flow forecasts.
She said: “This is a really unique business, Dean is already in high demand around the North-East and has a successful future ahead of him.”
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