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PUBLISHED: 10:05 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 25 August 2010

A FOOTBALL coaching school is expanding to run classes at Swanley Technology College. The Aim Higher Academy (AHA), Dursley Road, Kidbrooke, will be running its programme at the St Mary s Road institution from Monday, February 8. Founder John Carroll

A FOOTBALL coaching school is expanding to run classes at Swanley Technology College.

The Aim Higher Academy (AHA), Dursley Road, Kidbrooke, will be running its programme at the St Mary's Road institution from Monday, February 8.

Founder John Carroll believes that there is much untapped potential in the area and that he may yet find the next Jimmy Bullard or Glen Johnson.

Mr Carroll, 63, discovered Liverpool and England star Johnson when he was working for West Ham and the former Portsmouth player was playing for Dartford YMCA.

He said: "There is a lot of talent in the area and there is definitely a star in the making out there somewhere. We aim to get players who have been overlooked or dropped out of the school boy system at top clubs and put them back in the shop window.

"Our coaches all have a wealth of experience and even if a youngster isn't destined to reach the top their game they will improve immeasurably."

Many of the countries top clubs have employed the former boxing coach since he transferred his skills to the round ball game in the 80s. He has had stints of coaching the youngest players at the likes of Chelsea, Wimbledon, Charlton and Millwall. He stepped into the game during the 1980s when his own son began to show a talent for football and he personally felt training should be more structured. Although the AHA has only been up and running for four months it has already had some success. One of its players, Mitchell Pinnock, 15 a Leigh Technology Academy pupil, has been picked up by League One outfit Southend United. For further information about the academy email info@aimhigherfootballacademy.co.uk.

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