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A list of senior figures within the Academy setup

Meet the Academy Staff:

Academy Manager
Dan Robinson

Dan re-joined joined Burton Albion as Academy Manager during the 2016/17 season following the departure of Mike Whitlow the previous summer.

He oversees all age groups below the first-team with the ultimate goal of developing players for the first-team squad.

He had previously played for the club as a goalkeeper before embarking on a career in New Zealand in early 2005. During his 12-year-stay there, Robinson won a number of league titles and even went to the Club World Championships in 2008.

Robinson held numerous roles in New Zealand. He was a Football Development Officer at regional level and a Goalkeeping Coach for the New Zealand under 20s women’s team before becoming the Goalkeeping Coach for the New Zealand women’s team and later the assistant coach.

Robinson coached at the 2010 under 20s Women’s World Cup in Germany, the 2012 London Olympics, the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada and the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Professional Development Phase Lead Coach
Sam Rose


Sam joined the club in 2010 as the club opened its Centre of Excellence. He started off in a part-time role but later moved into a full-time role as a Skills Coach. Rose has also worked as a Foundation Phase Lead Coach and Head of Coaching before taking on his role with the under 18s in the 2016/17 season.

Rose is in charge of the under 18 programme at the academy. He works closely with Youth Development Phase Coaches to identify players in the under 15s and 16s who will make the step-up to the under 18s side.

Rose also works with Academy Manager Dan Robinson and first-team coaching staff to help develop players who are suitable for the first-team. 

Head of Coaching 
Hannah Dingley

As head of coaching, Hannah oversees the coaching curriculum for the academy, working closely with coaches of all age groups between under nines to under 18s to ensure that the coaching program is of the highest possible quality.

Hannah has worked as a full-time senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton in sports coaching. She also works as an FA tutor delivering FA coach education courses. Hannah is part of a national board with the FA which looks to nationally improve the quality of football at all levels.

Hannah is also the assistant manager at Gresley FC.


Foundation Phase Lead Coach
Dave Roberts

Dave oversees all age groups from under nines to under 11s. Dave has held numerous roles working with those age groups, working mostly in schools, including teaching P.E. in primary schools. He has also coached as part of community schemes and in grassroots football.

Dave has worked with the Derby County Ladies team. He held a part-time role with the Brewers for around five years before moving into a full-time role in early 2016.

The main aim of Dave’s role is to produce the best foundation phase players possible for the academy. 

Head of Education and Welfare /Head of Academy Goalkeeping
Paul Reynolds


Paul’s two roles at the club means that he is involved with a number of areas in the Academy setup. He delivers much of the education for the under 18s scholars, while also overseeing the education programme, linking in with the League Football education and Burton and South Derbyshire College.

Paul is experienced in his role of Head of Goalkeeping, having been the Academy Goalkeeping Coach at Coventry City for 15 of his 19 years with the Sky Blues. Paul works with the under 18s goalkeepers as well as overseeing the goalkeeping programme from under nines to under 16s.

His other four years at Coventry were spent as the club’s Disability Officer. Paul has also worked with the FA, undertaking roles with the England learning disability squad, the England Cerebral Palsy squad and the England blind football team. Reynolds also works with the Wales under 19s learning disability squad. 


Academy Sports Scientist/Strength and Conditioning Coach

Lewis Chambers 

Lewis works with the under 18s on a daily basis, both on the training field and in the gym. He oversees the entire sports science department of the academy, where he and his team work with age groups on things such as their speed, agility and power through warm-ups and gym sessions over the course of a season, in order to ensure that players are fit and strong enough to play in the modern game.

Having been a scholar at Notts County, Lewis decided to go to Loughborough University to gain his degree, working with the Magpies during his time there before joining the Brewers.

Youth Development Phase Lead Coach

Dave Freeman 



Dave, a former professional footballer who was capped by the Republic of Ireland up to under 21s level, joined the Academy in 2016 and was part of the under 16s coaching staff before moving into a full-time role overseeing the development from under 12s to under 16s in 2017.

The main aim of Dave’s role is to help players to progress from the youth development phase to the professional development phase and, ultimately, the first team.

Freeman came through the ranks at Nottingham Forest before going on to have a successful career in Ireland.

Head of Academy Recruitment 

Paul Gaskin

Paul Gaskin

Paul has previously worked as a scout for Derby County and coached in America.

Paul was appointed as Head of Academy Recruitment in July 2017. He replaced Paul Plant, who stood down from the role at the end of the 2016/17 season.

He and  his team are responsible for finding local talent to join the Academy as the club look to produce the next generation of Burton Albion players. 

Academy Secretary 

Kelly Hyde

Kelly oversees the administration of the Academy, registering players and ensuring that all paperwork is in order. 

Kelly joined the club in April 2016, having previously worked with East Staffordshire Council in the licensing department for 17 years.