Hello, Hi! ⚽️👋
We Are Skillz...or Super Skillz as we like to be called 😬
Here at Skillz we want to develop a love for football in your Super Star as well as boosting their social skills and personality!
We aim to achieve this by providing high quality and entertaining football classes, courses & programmes to children aged 2-11, teaching them in an exciting & engaging way that your Super Star has never experienced before!
Our team of coaches includes TWO European licensed football coaches and Level 2 and above coaches as standard. We teach over 800 children per week promoting our vision of
“Allowing Children To Be Free To Be The Best They Can Be!”
Teaching Superstars football is something we love to do! You may even see us from time to time scoring a goal in our classes and celebrating more than the children!🤓
JOY | DEVELOPMENT | FREEDOM | SMILES
The Skillz Family...💙⚽️
JOY | DEVELOPMENT | FREEDOM | SMILES
Meet the management team behind our programme!
Ashley’s love for working with children encouraged him to create Skillz back in 2012.
His expertise and enthusiasm have taken him to work within professional football clubs including Fulham FC’s academy and Chelsea FC’s foundation department. In 2011 Ashley became one of the youngest coaches in the country to complete his UEFA B License in football coaching aged 20.
Today he is heavily involved in the planning and management of the programme whereby he has overseen the growth of our programme from 10 children to 550 members per week.
He thinks he is the best footballer out of our whole team…the jury is still out on that one!
Valentino De Luca
Valentino joined us originally in our Head of Coaching Role. The work and progress he made being in charge of our link with SZ United FC, earned him a quick promotion to Academy Manager in August 2021!
His football knowledge, matched with his extremely funny Italian personality (please don't tell him if you eat pineapple on your pizza 🤣), and his passion for player development, has boosted our team of coaches and the Superstars we teach.
A soon to be UEFA A licensed coach with years of experience, ensures that he can help our coaching team progress and develop.
His role involves overseeing our programme with the help of Ashley Thomas, coach development, and ensuring we are offering the correct pathways and opportunities to our children, whilst maximising our offering to the local community.
Customer Relations Manager
Sally joined us in April 2021 to help with the surge of new bookings, and enquiries we had from our existing customers after lockdown.
We do not just let anyone join our team! Sally was chosen because she knows Skillz inside out as her little (or not so little now) boy Alife has been part of Skillz since he was 5 year old. She also runs her own online fitness business so we knew she would treat all of our customers with the care necessary.
Since she has joined, not only have more of our enquiries turned into actual children playing football with us, but we also have received a score of 4.5 out of 5 for our customer service!
Head of Toddler Football Development
If ever there was a coach produced for toddler football, it's Coach Stefan! His personality and energy brings out the best in all of our toddlers!
We regularly receive emails praising Stefan for the great work and effort he puts in with their toddler, and the enthusiasm he puts in to make each toddler class a great experience for everyone.
Stefan's role is to ensure we have enough classes to cater for all of the toddlers wanting to join us, whilst also making sure that each toddler falls in love with football so that it ignites a passion for football that will follow them throughout their life.
About Our Team 😀⚽️
Our super cool team is carefully selected not only for their coaching credentials, but also for their outgoing, friendly and confident personalities.
Whether you are a parent, nanny, grandad, long lost auntie or a teacher, we guarantee our coaches will be polite, professional, friendly and approachable at all times.
Since 2012 we have received high praise from the local community and lots of 5* reviews! In the past we have been finalists in the Croydon Business Awards and we won Highly Commended in the National Whats On 4 Kids Awards in October 2019 🏆 🥇
Level 2 and Above Coaches....
As standard, all of our lead coaches are FA Level 2 qualified or above, or are working towards this right now. We opt for quality over quantity to ensure your Superstar develops to be the best they can be! 👍
Approachable and Happy...
Our coaches are hand selected based on their love for working with children and they all are passionate about what they do! It's more than just a job to us ☺️
Our coaches experience ranges from Premier League academy level to primary school sports teaching, including in disability schools and social settings. 🤓⚽️
⚽️ Want To Join Our Family? ⚽️
Check out our available positions below
Full Time Lead Coach Position
WE ARE CURRENTLY RECRUITING A FULL TIME FOOTBALL / SPORTS COACH WHO WILL BE IN CHARGE OF OUR SESSIONS AND BIRTHDAY PARTY PROGRAMME
Pay Scale: £21,000-£23,000
Start Date: February 2022
Part Time Lead Coach Position
WE ARE CURRENTLY RECRUITING A SATURDAY MORNING LEAD COACH TO WORK BETWEEN 9am-12pm in Croydon.
Pay Scale: £15-£25 per session
Start Date: January 2022