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Simon Clifford

Simon Clifford

Brazilian Soccer Schools Managing Director

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Biography

They were four of the best years of my life and prepared me well for the work I currently do​.

Simon Clifford graduated from Leeds Trinity University in 1992 with a degree in Physical Education and Recreation with Public Media then stayed a further year to complete a PGCE in Primary Education before working as a teacher in Leeds.  He is a renowned English football coach, and a businessman known for introducing Brazilian training techniques into the UK with his Brazilian Soccer Schools​


How would you describe your time at Leeds Trinity?

They were four of the best years of my life and prepared me well for the work I currently do, running the world’s biggest chain of soccer schools.


What were the main motivators for you in setting up Brazilian Soccer Schools?

I developed my Brazilian Soccer Schools business after becoming disillusioned with the British production of footballing talent. Using £5,000 borrowed from my teachers’ union I travelled to Brazil to witness the methods used there to produce such exceptional footballers.


How did the course you studied help you with your career?

Studying a course that combined the media side with the sports science gave me a thorough grounding in the skills I use in my business today. In 2003 I bought Garforth Town Football Club and attracted media headlines across the globe with the signing of former Brazilian internationals Socrates and Careca, alongside England’s Lee Sharpe.


Simon's story featued in insideout - The Newsletter of Trinity and All Saints in September 2003