About us

Evolution Football Coaching was created to give individuals in the North East the best chance to develop into the footballer they wish to become by bridging the gap between Professional Football Academies and Grassroots Football. Its a unique service that brings professional coaches into the local community.


Evolution aim to deliver the best individual coaching programme there is by providing our constant attention and detail with professional coaching from ex-professional players; we identify weaknesses and develop them into strengths.


Here at Evolution we aim to identify, develop and improve individual technical skills that are required to develop you into a technically talented individual. We will focus on areas such as; ball mastery, 1-2-1's, passing and receiving, ball control, finishing and many more, whilst focusing on an individuals psychological and physical development.

We want the players that work with us to gain composure on and off the ball, develop belief and a confidence that they can be creative, try things and develop their own skillset whilst making their own decisions both on and of the pitch


Coaching Director: Gary Smith


Gary Smith is the Coaching Director & Founder of Evolution Football Coaching. Gary is extremely passionate about football development and he feels that individual football coaching is an integral part of a player’s development. Being the coaching director of Evolution Football Coaching, Gary study's and analyses the best individual coaching techniques available to develop young players. Gary has then implemented a strategy and organised a group of talented football coaches that are extremely motivated and dedicated to developing young players in this methodology and way of thinking. 


Gary himself has several years of coaching experience working with Middlesbrough F.C. Academy, arguably one of the best Academies in the country over recent years, coaching children aged between 4-18 years old including working and engaging with Children in other professions.


Gary is a registered Scout with Middlesbrough FC and has experience of identifying and recommending local talent.


Gary has been developing Evolution Football Coaching over the last 5 years. Evolution Football Coaching have now moved into the school environment to develop players further coinciding with their curriculum and Education. Please see our Academies page for more information.


Qualifications: UEFA B, FA level 1 and 2, FA Youth Module 1, 2 and 3, FA level 3 Psychology, Sports Science Qualifications, Teaching Qualifications


For more information about Evolution Football Coaching please contact the following:


Gary Smith

Director - Evolution Football Coaching

Tel: 07872 559 956

E-mail: info@evolutionfootballcoaching.co.uk


Ross McKay

Academy Manager / Head Coach of Coaching

Kingsmeadow Academy / Evolution Football Coaching 

Tel: 07508 174 748

E-mail: rmckay@kingsmeadow.org.uk / info@evolutionfootballcoaching.co.uk