Sheffield Wednesday

North American Academy

Camp Coaches

Steven Haslam

Steven is a former first-team player for Sheffield Wednesday who began his association with the club as a 9 year-old and progressed through the club’s youth development programme. He captained England Youth sides at various age levels and played in the 1999 World Youth Championships (U20) in Nigeria. He is also a graduate of the FA National School of Excellence at Lilleshall.

Steven made his Premier League debut for Sheffield Wednesday in May 1999 in a 1-0 home win against Liverpool and went on to make a total of 171 appearances for the club he supported as a boy. He also played for Halifax Town, Northampton Town, Bury and Hartlepool United, making over 400 appearances during a 16 year professional career before retiring in the summer of 2012.

Steven rejoined the club in a coaching capacity in 2005, initially on a part-time basis, and is now the Academy’s Lead Coach for the Professional Development Phase (U18) squad. He is responsible for the planning, delivery and evaluation of the U18 training/games programme, with the objective of developing technically gifted and tactically astute players who are capable of succeeding in the club’s first-team.

In addition to his coaching qualifications, Steven has achieved a First-Class honours degree in Business and Management and has successfully completed the LMA/PFA Certificate in Applied Management for Football.

Dean Ramsdale

Dean joined the Owls in September 2012 with a background of over 20 years in professional youth development.

He kicked off his coaching career at Burnley before progressing into the role of Community Manager. Dean also headed up the 9s-12s coaching at the club’s Centre of Excellence as well as taking on assistant manager duties with the Under-18s in the Lancashire Leagues.

The Chesterfield product moved to Preston North End in 2006 as Director of Youth Development and oversaw a successful six-year period in which 13 players progressed into the Preston first team.

A short spell as Head of Coaching at Morecambe was followed by his appointment at S6 where Dean oversees the ever-increasing academy arm of the club on a daily basis.

Matt Burton

Since graduating from University with first class honours in Sport and Exercise Science, Matt has brought his expertise to the Owls.

He began his S6 career as Technical Development Coach and has progressed to his current role of Foundation Phase Lead Coach.

During his time with Wednesday, Matt has gained status as one of the youngest coaches in the country to successfully complete his UEFA ‘A’ Licence. He has also completed the FA Youth Award certificate.

The Sheffield product boasts a wealth of experience working with a vast range of age groups and his role covers the Under-5s through to the Under-21s.

He has recently played a key part formulating the SWFC technical curriculum in readiness for the Elite Player Performance Plan. 

Nev Burbeary

Following seven successful years with Derby, Nev joined the Owls in 2002 and swiftly graduated to assistant academy manager under Sean McAuley.

The Sheffielder was appointed interim academy manager after McAuley left for Portland Timbers last summer and maintained the role until the arrival of Dean Ramsdale, who restructured the Owls’ academy.

Nev now heads up the youth development department from the Under-12s to the Under-16s. He also has responsibility for the Under-15s and Under-16s hybrid squad and recruits players locally and nationally at this age group.

Burbeary’s primary role, though, is to ensure that all the players achieve their maximum potential through the coaching, sports science and performance analysis programme.

In addition, he compiles in-depth reports on all players highlighting their progression through the phases of the club’s technical curriculum.

John Megson

John began his football career as a young boy playing for a local team and by the age of 11years, he had been signed to play for the Sheffield Wednesday Youth Squad.  Here he stayed until he was 16years old.  During this time, he also captained his city team and played for South Yorkshire. His career for Sheffield Wednesday was cut short due to requiring surgery.

After a few years recovering, John went on to play for Blackpool and Chesterfield and had the great opportunity to play semi-professional for Boston, Gainsborough Trinity, Worksop Town and Alfreton Town.  He later retired and moved into coaching.

John re-joined Sheffield Wednesday in a coaching capacity in 2002 and gained football qualifications including; modules 1, 2 & 3, Level 1 & 2, UEFA B license, Child protection and First aid.  He is now responsible for leading the recruitment team and is fortunate to coach any age group.  He is responsible for planning and developing technically gifted players who are capable of succeeding to the first team.

John also runs soccer camps and development squads throughout the city, these always attract gifted and talented players and respond well to Johns coaching techniques.

John’s strengths are getting the best out of the players and has been commended on his coaching skills.  He is well known throughout the county for having an eye for talented players.

Danny Cadamarteri

Howden Clough U14s (Grass Roots) September 2013 – December 2013

Huddersfield Town FC Academy U9s-U15s May 2013 – March 2014

Everton FC Academy U9s-U21s September 2013 – March 2014

Leeds United Ladies FC 1st Team September 2013 – March 2014

Sheffield Wednesday FC Academy U7s/U8s/U9s/U10s/U11s/U12s January 2013 – Present

Playing Career - Everton (1996-2002), Fulham (1999), Leeds United (2004), Carlisle United (2012-2014), and many others