The best possible football fitness coaching for young athletes working their way towards professional level.



Preparing for or adjusting to playing Academy Football can be challenging.

Richardson Sport help the next generation of players and their parents get to grips with the demands that come with being in an academy or aspiring to be in an academy and working towards gaining that first pro contract.


Our training sessions aim at improving key performance indicators for every pitch position in football, such as competent body control in all directions, safe jumping, and landing, power developing ballistic movements such as medicine ball work and joint stabilizing/strengthening work to help try keep you injury-free. 

We will also look at correct technical models for sprinting and plyometric work which if performed correctly can have a direct influence on speed development.


Step 1 Assessment Session

In the absence of any reports from your club, your journey with us will start with an Assessment session.

We will take you through a variety of exercises and drills (movement screens) to analyze how the athlete uses their body,  captured using the latest video software to help you see what we see in you.

You’ll be able to download and keep the video clips to watch whenever you like, you’ll receive our feedback verbally following the session.


Step 2 Training Plan

All that we learned about you during your Assessment Session will be used to plan your training program.

Our programs are flexible and can be adjusted to meet with the demands placed on athletes by his or her club and or school.


Throughout your time with us, we constantly keep your performance under view.  

training OUTCOMES



A better understanding of the academy setup and what your coaches are looking for



Increased confidence and awareness of personal behaviour in the academy environment



Knowledge of how to consistently train and compete at the highest level



Improved athletic ability and overall fitness specifically for football


Our High-Performance Sport Environment

Richardson Sport proudly works out of the National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester which is a world class facility and home to the nation’s GB Taekwondo Team.

Working with us from this centre means your child will train in a most inspiring environment, away from the hustle and bustle of other commercially run facilities you’ll see.

Often, it’s just us and the athlete, meaning they can learn and grow in complete confidence with no peers around to put them off asking what they may think of as a ‘stupid question’ or worry that they’ll be made fun of if they can’t yet do what they are being asked to do– there are no stupid questions on our watch – just learning opportunities for the taking.

And because your athlete may be on their own with us, we ask you to stay and watch, there’s WIFI and a drinks machine so you can catch up on a bit of work too if you need to.

Who knows you may even meet one of the Olympians!

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are currently delivering 1-2-1 sessions outside on a private pitch in Manchester as of May 19th 2020.

happy parents feedback

Wayne was so understanding and knowledgeable, but what impressed me the most was the manner in which he formed such an early positive relationship with Saul.

Wayne has genuine likeability factors anyway, but he is not merely a very effective listener and fitness/ conditioning coach, he breeds confidence in his client in a way I have never witnessed elsewhere.

Mr Milovanovic


In our opinion, Richardson Sport seems to have filled a vital gap in the academy system.

Problems with conditioning, fitness, running styles and the like are noted by academies, but not rectified.

This possibly results in many talented footballers being released. Wayne and his team are the plug in this gap.

Mr Right


We were first referred to Wayne by BWFC as they have had previous players who trained with Richardson Sport and value the coaching given very highly. Wayne is not only a coach to Fin but also a friend and a mentor who has offered Fin guidance with his football, school and personal life.

Since working with Wayne, we have seen massive improvements in Finlay’s football, his athletic ability and his strength but more importantly his confidence and his attitude both to sport and general life.

I would recommend Wayne to anyone and feel as though Bolton putting us in touch with Wayne is the best thing that could’ve happened to Fin.

Thanks for everything you have done Wayne we look forward to continuing Finlay’s journey with you.

Mr Lockett


I first became aware of Wayne’s sessions about 4 years ago when my son’s grassroots football club started weekly group sessions when Wayne was based at the Manchester Regional Arena. Having seen videos of the team attending, I was keen for my son to join in but unfortunately the sessions clashed with his training for another team. Fast forward a year and a change of days for the team sessions allowed my son to join in with his teammates.

After his first group session he came out full of enthusiasm and has continued with the sessions ever since, mainly on a 1 to 1 basis, working with both Wayne and Andy. I would highly recommend looking into your child training with Richardson Sport either on a 1 to 1 basis or in a small group as attending Wayne and Andy’s sessions has not only increased my son’s fitness, but the sessions are fun and help build confidence in children.

Mr Rodrigues





47 sessions
20% initial deposit
+ 11 x £213.81 monthly payments



39 sessions
20% initial deposit
+ 8 x £180.00 monthly payments



26 sessions
20% initial deposit
+ 5 x £192.00 monthly payments



13 sessions
3 x £200.00
monthly payments


Our Championship, Premier and League 1 package includes the support detailed below:


Talking about and working through any concerns about the athletes progress outside of the physical training sessions is a huge part of what we do as part of our service.

Having access to a mentor who has a deep understanding of the athlete’s journey plays a pivotal part in enabling the athlete to reach their desired goal.

We might not be able to talk straight after the session and may ask you to book a telephone or face to face consultation.


During the season, we’ll get out to watch you in games so we can see first-hand how our coaching is translating on the pitch. Once fixtures are known, please send them over to us, and we’ll put plans in place to be at some of your game.


If you can’t get to us but still want our help no problem. Through the power of Zoom, we can come to you.

need to knows 


The above packages provide one session per week for the duration of the package.

However, during the Off-Season, some athletes choose to use some of their sessions intensively (usually during the school holidays) and in the lead up to returning to their respective clubs in order to ensure they #GoBackReady

Please note you may be asked to adjust your payments to keep them on track with usage if you opt to use some of the sessions in the way described above.

There is the opportunity (availability permitting) to use some of the sessions to work on the player’s footwork and finishing skills outside on the 3G Astro Pitches. These sessions must be booked in advance and incur pitch hire fees which will be charged for separately.


24 hours notice is required to cancel a pre-booked session. Where no notice is received your session will be marked as “DID NOT SHOW” in our client database. 

Other T&Cs apply, these will be sent to you upon receipt of your enquiry to join us. 


To sign up for one of our 1-2-1 Coaching Packages, please send us a message via the Get in touch button below.

Tell us what day of the week you’re free to attend sessions and we will contact you within 24 hours.



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