Bolton School Senior Boys

Two Years of ISFA Focus School Benefits

Bolton School has been the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) Focus School for the Manchester and Northwest region for almost two years now and during this time has been involved in many schemes and initiatives to drive football development in the region. Click the slide below to see the full presentation:

The school was one of 8 Focus Schools from different regions around the country selected to receive focused support from ISFA, who work alongside the Football Association to develop and promote the game in the independent sector. Building on the School's involvement in the Bolton Schools' Sports Partnership, this opportunity has benefited schools in the whole area throughout the two years.

Bolton School worked closely with ISFA to spread ideas from the centre throughout schools in the whole region. Further to the events already hosted at the school as part of the Schools' Sports Partnership, the school hosted a series of coaching courses, festivals and invitational afternoons to help spread best practice. Examples of this are hosting Town Cup competitions, a five a side football festival, and the SCARF project with Bolton Wanderers.

The ISFA Focus School status is a credit to the outstanding facilities and expertise available at Bolton School. Both the Senior and Junior Boys coaches have played football professionally - Senior Boys Coach Keith Branagan is an ex Bolton Wanderers and International player, and Junior Boys Coach Mike Duxbury, is an ex Manchester United and England player. The school has a good track record of producing professional players including Sean McAllister who plays for Sheffield Wednesday and Julian Darby, ex Bolton Wanderers player who now coaches Derby County.

SCARF Project

A football festival offered an afternoon of fun and coaching sessions for Year 3 and Year 4 pupils from local primary schools


Year 7 boys were delighted to meet up with Wanderers' right back Gretar Steinsson during the final session of the SCARF project


Town Cup competitions were hosted at the School