MOORLAND School’s football coach Charlie Jackson has landed a Scotland call.
Jackson, who has coached at the Clitheroe school for several years, was invited by the Scottish Football Association to deliver his Matrix Soccer Master Class to several schools, before hosting a party of delegates and former professional players who saw his methods in action.
Jackson, who was born in Dundee but now lives in the Ribble Valley, said: “It was the proudest moment of my life to be asked to coach in Scotland, my home country.
“I was presented with a Scotland shirt afterwards and it is incredible for my coaching to be recognised in that way. It was such an honour.”
Jackson has played a major role in Moorland forging a reputation for nurturing young talent, with Manchester United striker John Cofie - currently on loan at Sheffield United - joining Burnley from the Clitheroe school, before his switch to Old Trafford in 2007.
Jackson enjoyed a coaching stint with Blackburn Rovers, but has now linked up with Manchester City as his methods continue to attract nationwide attention.
Steven Hamilton, a Scottish FA Football Development Officer, said: “We’d heard a lot about Charlie’s coaching methods and he made an outstanding impression on the young players and the special guests.
“Everyone could see the confidence, concentration, and improvement in them - and Charlie has a real ability to make young people better via his coaching methods.”
Moorland School Headteacher Jonathan Harrison said: “Charlie is a fantastic coach and this is a great honour both for Charlie and Moorland School.”