1TFG is directed by Lee Waddington, a UEFA ‘A’ licensed, FA Advanced Youth Award qualified coach with a Masters’ Degree in Sports Psychology.
Lee has worked for several Premier League clubs including; Manchester United, Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Burnley and has been constantly involved in the UK professional academy system for nearly 30 years.
Lee has a verifiable track record of exceptional player development, including assisting the following players to become current professional footballers:
In his time working for Premier League clubs, Lee has undertaken a number of key roles from being the head of coaching, foundation phase lead to director of scouting/talent ID and academy manager.
The skills and experience acquired in these varying roles allowed Lee to progress to the positions of national and international academy director with the UK’s largest academy, where he successfully implemented strategies to grow the business from 1 to 50 academies nationwide and then onto the international stage with an exclusive partnership with the University of Central Lancashire.
During his career Lee has worked in a variety of countries such as the USA, Australia, China, Canada and across Europe delivering coaching sessions, coach education programs and classroom-based learning to children, young people and adults.
From working overseas Lee has a greater understanding of not just the soccer landscapes in those countries but also, and more importantly, the cultural differences.