Our Aims

The main focus of the business is to develop young people, positively, through Sport and we are truly passionate about what we do.

In achieving our main aim we:

  •  Educate young people physically, socially, cognitively and personally
  • Develop these qualities in an excellent, bespoke, sporting environment
  • Extend the provision of these learning opportunities beyond the School day
  • Provide opportunities to exhibit athleticism and skills developed in the holiday camps
  • Provide provision of high level support, coaching and competition in Football

Paul Grattage

Sport plays a huge role in my life. Football was my first passion and playing for Blackburn Rovers as a schoolboy was a major highlight growing up.

Whilst studying for a BSc in Sports Science at Liverpool University I played College ‘Soccer’ in Ohio, USA – an amazing experience that lead me to return to the USA a few years later as a lead coach for Major League Soccer (MLS) Camps in New York and New Jersey.

On my return to the UK, while teacher training, I took up Athletics and won the North of England Inter Counties 400m title in 2006 and 2007.

Teaching in Rochdale as a School Sport Co-ordinator, I planned and led the PE curriculum for 6 primary Schools. Continuing this role at Sandbach Boys School, I created opportunities for pupils to experience a high quality Physical Education and encouraged them to have a passion for lifelong involvement in Sport. As Master in Charge of Football, I co-ordinated the programme for over 200 boys with success at a local and national level.

At this time in my career I also worked as a coach for the ‘Little Kickers’ coaching company, delivering high quality Football skills and important pre-school learning concepts such as colour and number recognition, co-operation and using imagination. It was a fantastic experience – coaching the youngest and keenest budding Footballers of the future!

As Director of Sport at The Grange School, a leading Independent School in Cheshire, I developed a successful Sports Strategy encompassing PE, Games and Enrichment Sport which put the School on the map in terms of quality and achievement. The Strategy created opportunities for all pupils to progress and succeed whilst still focusing on specific individuals and teams to achieve elite recognition. The Grange has gone on to be recognised as an inclusive, progressive, sporting Independent School with a bespoke PE programme which succeeds at a County and National level as well as a high achieving Academic Sports Science Curriculum.

As Dad of 3 young children, maintaining my own fitness has not been easy. However, I got involved in Crossfit 5 years ago and never looked back! I am a Level 1 trainer and regularly lead classes as well as compete. In 2017 I also came 2nd at the English Indoor Rowing Championships.

I truly believe that the experiences we all have in our childhood affect our relationship with health, fitness, sport and exercise into adulthood. At SK9 Sports, our priority is the health, well-being, motivation and confidence of every young person. We offer a high quality experience and competitive Football programme that enables younsters to fulfil their potential and foster a positive bond with Sport for the rest of their lives.

Craig Malbon

Born and raised in Cheshire, Sport has always played a significant role in both my work and social life. For 10 years (from the age of 9), I was fortunate enough to be coached as an academy player with Crewe Alexandra F.C. During this time, Crewe’s coaching team was made up from some of the most reputable professionals in the country such as Steve Holland (ex-Chelsea and current England senior coach).

Following injury, I left the professional game aged 19 and joined Manchester Metropolitan University to study a BA Honours in Physical Education and qualify as a teacher. During my time as Master in Charge of Football at Sandbach School, teams reached the final stages of national competitions and won county competitions. In 2014 I joined Terra Nova School as Head of Boys’ Sport and then Director of Sport.

In addition to my teaching role, I have spent the last 5 years as a part-time academy coach, firstly with Crewe Alexandra and more recently with Manchester United. I have been responsible for the development of the clubs’ young, elite players who are aspiring to play, one day, in the Premier League.

Besides the experience gained from working in this first class environment, I have completed FA Youth Module coaching awards, along with my UEFA B coaching licence and during the summer of 2017, I was recruited as a lead coach for the ISFA (Independent Schools Football Association) Under 13 North West England representative team. I am now currently the ISFA U15 National Coach.