Paul ‘Dutch’ Holland, Head of Football Development at Long Eaton United

“This academy really excites me. I have been involved in academy programmes for the last 25 years and this has the makings of something really special – both educationally and football-wise.”


Kevin Davies, ex-Bolton Wanderers forward and a former team mate of Paul Holland

“It’s great to see Dutch backing a project that will go from strength-to-strength. His knowledge in setting up academies, both on the pitch and in the classroom, is second to none. I will be keeping a close eye on the next young footballer to progress from this academy.”


Sean Dyche, current manager of Burnley FC and former team mate of Paul Holland

“If I was a parent with a young footbaling son I wouldn’t wish for anyone else other than Dutch to progress their knowledge both academically and football-wise. His experience is so good because he’s been down both routes: he got his A-Levels and played over 300 league and cup game. The new Long Eaton Academy will be a success – Dutch will make sure of it.”

To register your interest please email academy@longeatonutd.co.uk with your name, age and your trial date preference.