Andrai Jones and Shaun Mangan, who played together at Bury FC as well as for other clubs, are opening KKZ Coaching in Liverpool this weekend. Tony McDonough reports
Two former professional footballers are set to open and indoor 1-2-1 football performance centre in Liverpool this coming weekend.
Starting on Saturday, May 1, Andrai Jones and Shaun Mangan – co-owners of KKZ Coaching – will nurture budding and professional level footballers through elite 1-2-1, 2-2-1 and small group training sessions.
Having played together at Bury FC from 2009-2010, the Liverpool-born coaches have a wealth of knowledge of both football and sports science. Andrai went on to play in the EFL Championship for Barnsley, having also played for Tranmere Rovers, Gateshead, Southport, Hereford, Bala Town and Guiseley.
Shaun was offered a scholarship at Liverpool John Moore’s University while working for Bury FC as an Academy Coach where he studied for a sports and exercise science degree. Shaun has also worked as an academy coach and talent scout for Liverpool FC.
On Saturday, KKZ Performance Centre, based in Cherry Lane in Walton, will be open to the public from 12-3pm and everyone is welcome to visit the facility.
The launch will include football tournaments for different age groups, football challenges, a football freestyler, an assault course bouncy castle, face painting, a DJ and refreshments. Both Andrai and Shaun will be on hand to chat to visitors.
The indoor performance centre has been decked out in high quality astro turf and positive phrases to encourage those training with KKZ. It also includes a changing room, toilets and a viewing area for visitors to watch those who are training. Offering sessions from age four up to professional level, KKZ also hosts football camps in the school holidays.
Shaun Mangan said: “We pride ourselves on having a positive impact on each and every player that walks through our doors, and use our hands-on experience from playing ourselves, as well as being around the professional set up to give the best advice and guidance for performance and mindset for both players and parents.”