Founder Graham Starmer to leave FCV Academy
Founder Graham Starmer to leave FCV Academy
Posted Tuesday 20th September 2022

Graham Starmer, the founder of FCV International Football Academy, is stepping down from his role as managing director on completion of a new investment deal and will be leaving the business after 15 years in charge.

The financial injection will further enhance the academy’s growth at its new 66-acre home at Grace Dieu Manor Park in Leicestershire, which was announced in April.

Starmer set up in 2000 with former Newcastle United vice chairman Peter Mallinger, which evolved in 2007 to become the FootballCV Academy – the first private international football academy in the UK. He has overseen the academy since its inception at Nene Park in Northamptonshire through to the recent move from Stamford.

Starmer said: “This was a very difficult decision to make but one that will allow FCV Academy to continue to flourish and grow at Grace Dieu Manor Park.

“After running the business for such a long time, this is a very emotional time for me, but it is in everyone’s interest that I leave when the investment is concluded to allow the new owners to implement their plans.

“I have interacted with so many great people over the years, and there are many memorable moments that I can reflect on with immense satisfaction. At the heart of those will be the reward of helping young people develop as footballers and adults.

“I would like to thank everyone who I have worked with since 2007 and special recognition to those who have worked closely with me on this incredible journey at different times: the late Peter Mallinger, who was the greatest mentor I could have wished for, Ann Dyte, Martin Harris, Joe England, Chris Rivett, Grant Brown, Kev Harmer, and Tom Fehler.

“I am proud of everything that has been achieved and wish the Academy all the best for the future at its new home.”

Sinan Karacayli, FCV Academy director, said: “I would like to thank Graham for his dedication to evolving the academy and selflessly supporting the next phase of growth.

“The amount of hard work and commitment needed to build something of this scale since 2007 cannot be underestimated, and the move to Leicestershire would not have been possible without his passion for supporting students and staff in pursuit of their goals throughout the years.

“We wish him well in his future endeavours and look forward to sharing further news about the developments at Grace Dieu Manor Park in due course.”

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