TNS Academy Restructure

The New Saints Academy has promoted two coaches to become the Head of Development and Head of Foundation stage respectively.

After Scott Ruscoe was chosen as the Assistant manager for the TNS first team, the TNS Academy promoted Steve Benyon and Jason Brindley and both will now have a more hands on role within the Academy.

Steve Benyon was delighted to take up his new role and said, ‘Firstly I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to both Scott and the club for believing in me and offering me the role of Head coach for the Youth phases 12-16’s within the academy structure, whilst assisting Scott and Jason Brindley with other roles. Since my time within the club, the structure of the academy has grown from strength to strength, with more and more players in each age group gaining international recognition as well as trialling with other professional clubs. The quality of coaches as a result of this has vastly improved, with a high number of current coaches having obtained UEFA B license and above.’

Benyon added, ‘I would also personally like to thank Mark Evans, Callum Williams, Jason Brindley, Steve Monk and Jason Aldcroft for accepting my role and being fully supportive towards my ideas, and I know that I have a fantastic team behind me to really push on for the reminder of the season, as well as for many years to come. If any parents would like to talk through any of these ideas, please feel free to approach me. I hope to keep producing players for both the scholarship and first team, and would also like to thank Craig Harrison for his supportive messages.’

Jason Brindley was understandably delighted with his new role, ‘I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to have a more hands on role with the Academy. I’d like to thank Scott Ruscoe, Ian Williams and everyone else at TNS. I’ve been at the club for about 16 months now and in that time I have gone from having one age group to two, and now to overseeing all age groups within the foundation stage, proving that hard work and dedication does pay off.’

The former Rhyn Park student added, ‘I am looking forward to working closer with coaches Kieran, Rob, Nathan and Tim of the foundation stage and with Steve Benyon and Scott. I have lots of ideas to take the academy forward, not just for the younger groups but for the academy as a whole. I have seen massive benefits of working closer with the 14s If we can apply these to the whole academy I think the future looks bright, bright green and white.’

You can contact Jason either in person, or by phone on 07816925074,or via email at


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