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:

Dwight McNeill

Joshua Harrop

James Hardy

Nathan Holland

Tunde Bayode

Callum Styles

Barnsley FC

Brandon Wilson

Steve Hewitt

Kian Yari

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.

Steve Hewitt

Burnley FC
Accrington stanley

Steve Hewitt

Burnley FC
Accrington stanley

I have known Lee since I was about 8 years old and I can safely say that without his coaching I would not have achieved a professional career in the game.

Not only is he a top coach with vast experience but he cares about you as an individual person, and that is a rarity in the game.

Steve Hewitt