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FTIFA create networks in Europe and beyond

8 March 2019

After the launch of Fleetwood Town International Football Academy (FTIFA), Poolfoot Farm Manager Mick Horsfall spent last week working alongside many international organisations in Barcelona.

The aim of the visit was to look at ways Fleetwood Town can work with teams and players around the World, to offer them activities and services, which would be based at the £10m training ground at Poolfoot Farm in the future.

With teams there such as Paris Saint Germain, Barcelona and teams from the United States of America, it was an opportunity to analyse the types of sessions that took place, and how they went about working with the players.

Mick Horsfall was the representative from Fleetwood Town and said he was excited to see the prospect of FTIFA could blossom. He added: “It has been a valuable trip, promoting the amazing facilities that we have available here at Fleetwood Town.

“Clubs are keen to take advantage of what we can offer in terms of coaching, player development programmes, and the tournaments that we know we can hold.

“Our current international programme is now operating at Poolfoot Farm and Rossall School, and the opportunity to train with a professional English club is one that excites people all across the world.”

Poolfoot Farm has built up a portfolio of tournaments and festivals since Mick has taken charge of developing the site since 2015, and this year they will be hosting a Pro-Academy event in May.

Teams will be represented from Juventus, Inter Milan, and Manchester United. In 2020, the club are going to be looking to attract teams from the USA and Mexico to some of the events that are held at Poolfoot, and it’s a very exciting time as we grow our global brand.

For any clubs wanting to use Poolfoot Farm as training venue or to enter any of the events being held throughout the year, please call (01253) 208440 or visit

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