John Ackerley is our Coach Development Mentor

A highly experienced consultant with over twenty-six years of applied practise in the fields of education, coaching, mentoring and leadership within the context of sport, John is a qualified teacher, specialising in physical education.

He will draw on his extensive experience in education, coaching, mentoring and leadership within sports to deliver mentoring and leadership content for MiMentor, including the highly-successful Coach Mentor Diploma course.

John is also a higher education lecturer, teaching leadership and coaching and mentoring practise at Manchester Metropolitan University and elite coaching practise at Sheffield Hallam University to sports professionals and coaches.

He has a master’s degree in coaching and mentoring and works with numerous individual and team clients within corporate and elite sports performance organisations, including The Football Association, the Brazilian National Football Federation, Malawi Football Association and Denmark Football Association among others.

Underpinning John’s coaching and mentoring expertise is his experience as a professional sports coach and coach educator, holding a UEFA Level 4 coaching licence.

John has coached The England Partially Sighted National Football Squad to a world ranking of third and has also coached elite children between the ages of 8 and 18 within boys, girls and disability performance environments within the UK.

John believes in a growth mindset and the human drive for self-actualisation. He uses this belief to establish relational and engaging learning environments where individuals can grow and discover for themselves.

“The Diploma cohorts I have worked with so far have been delightful. It never ceases to amaze me how people can see the same thing in so many different ways, and that is because we all see things differently! They have been engaging and their level of experiences has added a richness that I have also learnt much from.”

John Ackerley

Follow John on Twitter @JohnAckerley8


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John Ackerley
Meet our Coach Mentor, John Ackerley.
What is a growth mindset and how can it help you and your players reach your potential? Check out our guide for coaches.
What makes a good football coach? It’s a question that most coaches have been asked on their journey and will also often ask themselves when reflecting on their performances and what they can do better.
Ipswich Town U18s coach Callum Tongue talks about how he went from being a young goalkeeper to coaching outfield players in a professional academy.
Elliott Ward, former Premier League defender and now UEFA A Licence coach at Colchester United's academy, speaks to the MiMentor team for the Coaches Coffee Club
In this leadership guide we look at some of the important things you should be considering ahead, or during your early days, of becoming a manager or head coach.
Daryl McMahon, boss of National League outfit Dagenham & Redbridge, joined MiMentor's Ross Embleton and James Baker to talk about his thoughts and experiences on his journey into coaching in the professional game

The former West Ham United and Stevenage midfielder moved into management with Ebbsfleet in 2014, before a spell in charge at Macclesfield.

In 2020, Daryl took the helm at the Daggers and this season steered them to an eighth-place finish.
Daryl talks in the Coaches Coffee Club about his career in the game, as well as his views on what makes a great coach, while also sharing with us one of his favourite sessions.
Download this thirds practice, 'Finishing From Outside The Box'. This comes from our full 5v5 sessions booklet in our new CPD course 'Developing A Successful Team: The Transition To 7v7'
Whether during pre-season or through the campaign, strength has become a much more important element of the game in recent times.
Encouraging young players to dribble with the ball not only helps them develop key skills, but also plays an important role in maintaining possession.