EDUCATION | Matt’s Journey from College to Non-League Football with Maltby Main

Published: 13/06/2024

Matt Ireson, a talented young footballer and Rotherham United Sports College student, has been a player in the Shadow Squad since September 2023. His impressive performance and commitment have now earned him a spot in non-league football, showcasing the effectiveness of the Rotherham United Sports College courses.  Since joining the Shadow Squad, Matt has made… Continue reading EDUCATION | Matt’s Journey from College to Non-League Football with Maltby Main

Matt Ireson, a talented young footballer and Rotherham United Sports College student, has been a player in the Shadow Squad since September 2023. His impressive performance and commitment have now earned him a spot in non-league football, showcasing the effectiveness of the Rotherham United Sports College courses. 

Since joining the Shadow Squad, Matt has made 21 appearances in the National Football Youth League, scoring a commendable 7 goals. His consistent performance on the field has made him a standout player within the squad. 

Matt has had the privilege of training with the Rotherham United F.C. Academy U18’s, under the guidance of Joe Skarz. These training sessions, totaling two weeks over different periods, have provided Matt with valuable exposure to a higher level of competitive football, enhancing his skills and understanding of the game. 

For the 2024/25 pre-season, Matt will be joining Maltby Main under the new management of Pat Maguire. This opportunity marks a significant step in Matt’s football career as he transitions into non-league football, providing him with a platform to further develop and showcase his talent. 

Jamie Yates, Shadow Academy coach and Football Development Officer, has been key in Matt’s development. Reflecting on Matt’s journey, Yates stated, “Matt has excelled during his first year of our Full-Time Football Programme. He now can go into non-league football and continue his development with Maltby Main.” 

Matt’s progression from the Shadow Squad to non-league football highlights the potential pathways within our education programme. He joins a growing list of students who have successfully made this transition, underscoring the programmes ability to nurture and develop young talent. 

Matt’s journey is a testament to his hard work, dedication, and the comprehensive support provided by our College Tutors and Coaches. As he steps into the next phase of his football career with Maltby Main, we are confident that Matt will continue to excel and inspire other young players within our programme.