Our PGA Professional Coaching Team

matthew galley | head pga coach

Matthew joined the team at the end of 2017 from fellow Ryder Cup venue, Gleneagles, where he held the position of Head of Instruction. One of his proudest achievements was setting up the Gleneagles Junior Foundation, in addition coaching three Scotland internationalists. 

Matthew has a warm, welcoming and engaging manner with an encouraging and enthusiastic approach who works with the player to maximise improvement and enjoyment. 

Prior to turning Professional, Matthew completed a Sport & Exercise Science degree, which has provided him with diverse knowledge to understand what elements contribute to successful performance. This has led Matthew to base his coaching around a simple and holistic approach where players can make great improvement through small changes.

As a UK CC Level 3 coach and Trackman certified, Matthew is comfortable in all coaching environments from individual lessons to large corporate groups for players of all ages and abilities. Matthew also runs regular golf schools throughout the year covering all aspects of the game. 

Derek Simpson | Senior PGA Coach

Derek turned professional in 1986 and found his true passion for teaching at Gosforth Park Golfing Complex, Northumberland, before moving to The Belfry, prior to the Ryder Cup in 1993.

Since joining The Belfry, has worked with and observed many of the best international golfers and premier coaches in the world, including Butch Harman (coach to Tiger Woods), David Leadbetter (coach to Nick Faldo) and Pete Cowan (coach to European Ryder Cup Team) to name just a few.

Phillip Akers | Senior PGA Coach

Phil is one of only 7 certified TPI Level 3 Junior Coaches in the U.K and is a specialist in development. He is experienced in coaching all levels of player from professionals on the EuroPro Tour to  complete beginners. Phillip measures, tweaks and tests his clients performance using statistics, Trackman radar and high speed video analysis to make sure you achieve your goals. 

He graduated with a B.A (Hons) in Applied Golf Management Studies which is the PGA's flagship degree at the University of Birmingham. The course gave him access to some of the greatest minds in golf, whilst his previous position at The Nike Golf Academy working alongside European Tour swing coaches, psychologists and P.T's has led to him taking a holistic approach to pupils development.