Paul Bielby

Paul Bielby has a number current roles in the football world.

As a young boy it was his ambition to play professional football for his fathers favourites Manchester United and as a 17 year old he made his first team debut for United in the red hot atmosphere of a Manchester derby against City in front of 51,000 at Maine Road.

Paul played for the England youth team winning the European Youth Cup with exciting young players such as Bryan Robson, Glen Hoddle, Ray Wilkins, Alan Curbushley and Peter Barnes.

His progress was halted with injuries and after playing nearly two hundred matches in the lower leagues with Huddersfield and Hartlepool he left professional football.

After 14 years culminating as a Director for a British Blue Chip Food Company he decided to return to the world of football.

Football Academy

Paul`s love, passion and tremendous enthusiasm for football has never left him and he directed his energies into helping youngsters of all abilities as he formed Masterskills Football Academy in 1997 in his hometown of Darlington.

This became an instant success and his Academy continues to give children and youngsters the platform to maximise their enjoyment and confidence.

F.A. Coaches Association

Paul is a very experienced coach and has a U.E.F.A. B Qualification. He is also a member of the F.A. Coaches Association.

Players Agent

Since 1999 Paul has been a Players Agent licenced by the English Football Association and he advises Professional players.

Darlington Primary Schools Football Association

Paul recognised that Primary School children in his town were not playing interschool football. So in 1999 he and experienced collegue Tony Cox formed The Darlington Primary School Football Association which has given thousands of boys and girls the opportunity to represent their schools and their district in county football.

MBE Presentation

Paul was awarded the MBE in 2008 for his work in Sport with Young People. He received the award from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.


Darlington Sports Winner Award (since 2001)
Darlington Primary School FA (since 1999)


Govenor at Longfield School
P.C.C Member at St Marks Church Darlington
Member of Association of Former Manchester United Players

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