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Our commitment to you

    At On The Ball Academy, we are committed to the well-being of our players and staff; all our coaches are fully certified with PVG certificates and our HAATS ideology underpins our expectations around the conduct of our players. ​ We have a reputation for coaching players to the very highest of standards with players who respect and consider others at all times; We expect all our players to be: ​ Courteous Punctual Respectful Polite Hardworking Good team players ​ On The Ball Academy has relationships with many of the top clubs in Scotland, including the Scottish Premiership and we are devoted to developing players who will enhance their reputation by demonstrating top qualities as footballers and as human beings. ​


I have been involved in elite football in Scotland for the past 20 years as both a player and coach. Throughout this time, I have been fortunate to work with many of the top coaches in Scotland; mentors such as Tommy Burns inspired me to learn more about coaching and I embarked on a journey of discovery and have completed my coaching education and attained my UEFA A Licence and UEFA A Elite YOUTH licence with the Scottish Football Association.

I have spent the last five years traveling the world and learning about the various footballing cultures which populate some of the world's top academies.  I am committed to utilising the research from my studies to ensure players in Scotland are afforded the maximum opportunity for successful development to the elite game through a unique learning approach to football development which is comprehensive, innovative and player-centric.

I understand that in Scotland, football is a human & social phenomenon which has acquired a vital importance in society; I am a passionate individual who is relentless in my coaching methods and I would like you to get in touch should you share this passion and more importantly, a desire and willingness to improve.

Ryan Docherty,

Academy Director

On The Ball Academy Glasgow.

OUR Team


Michael McCaig


I'm aged 25. Been coaching at on the ball since November 2022. I mostly deal with the Fun 4s teams getting them ready for matches at the weekend. Have a HNC in Sports Coaching and currently at university studying Sports Coaching. I have also ran, managed and played for Muirend Athletic FC since October 2018 when they were created.


Kristian Gray



As the youngest member of our coaching team, my infectious enthusiasm and unwavering passion are my driving forces when it comes to youth development. 

Currently, I'm actively pursuing a degree in sports coaching, a field that I am truly dedicated to. My academic journey is complemented by my practical experience, as I hold a reputable SFA 1.2 qualification. This combination of academic knowledge and hands-on expertise equips me with the tools to provide the best guidance and mentorship to our aspiring athletes.

I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to contribute further to our youth development programs and continue to inspire the future of the sport.

Our Sponsors

Stack and Still
The Robertson Trust
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