The Skillz Family!

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, granddad, long lost auntie or a teacher, we guarantee our coaches will be polite, professional, friendly and approachable at all times.

You can read more about each of our coaches in their profiles below.


Our Teams Experience

  • Short Stay Schools & Disability Schools
  • Nursery & Pre School
  • Primary Schools – Pe co-ordinators, teaching assistants and PE coaches
  • Secondary Schools – Football team coaches, Extra curricular activities
  • Professional Football Setups – Including Chelsea FC Academy & Foundation, Fulham FC Academy, Barnet FC Academy, Crystal Palace FC Academy, QPR Development Centres
  • Social Services – Working with vulnerable children and adults


Would You Like To Join Our Team?

We are recruiting the following:

Ashley Thomas

Ashley Thomas

Managing Director

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!

The Skillz Coaches…


Daniel Lowe

Daniel Lowe

Area Manager - Croydon & Sutton

Daniel will often be seen being a big kid himself when teaching our Super Stars!

He has been an integral part of our team since 2012 where he has helped develop a number of our programmes, including our Saturday football classes in Purley, which sees approx. 80 Super Stars each week! Where would we be without him? 🙂

Not only is Daniel a highly entertaining coach, he is a half decent footballer and an excellent tennis player (don’t tell him we told you….his ego will become huge!) 🙂

Gonçalo Pinto

Gonçalo Pinto

Skillz Utd FC Co-Ordinator & Full Time Session Manager

This cheeky chappy has brought lots of energy and passion to our team!

Not only does he absolutely love working with children, he has a real passion for football whereby he is constantly studying pro matches and being a true “student of the game”. Gonçalo hold the UEFA B license as well as a Level 3 in teaching primary school children PE. He currently also works for QPR as a pre academy coach and scout.

You can see Gonçalo heavily involved with our football team and elite academy programme, as well as lots of other sessions, including our flagship centre at Thomas More on Saturday mornings 🙂

Joe Nevin

Joe Nevin

Guest Coach

Joe aka Little Joe (he is 6ft plus but we know this nickname annoys him!) has been part of the Skillz family since 2012.

He joined our team at the age of 16 originally to gain some experience. Since then he has become a household name amongst our Super Stars and parents! His caring nature and patience with children of all abilities has helped him develop into a super coach that the children love. He is currently working full time as a social worker but, as “Big” Joe does, he still makes time to attend some of our sessions. See we told you he was caring! Football must run in his family as his dad, Paul, is currently first team coach at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League 🙂

Joe Antonelli

Joe Antonelli

Coach Developer & Guest Coach

Joe (we call him Big Joe but don’t tell the other Joe…he will get upset!) started his coaching career with Coach Ashley back at the age of 16. Since then he has gone on to become one of the best coaches around (well we think so anyway!).

A UEFA B License and FA Youth Award coach too, his excellent manner with the Super Stars and coaching knowledge have meant he has worked within Barnet FC’s and Fulham FC’s academy. He was also head hunted by Daniel Sturrdige, Liverpool & England striker, to become the head coach of his football academy. See it’s not only us who thinks he’s awesome! Joe currently works full time within Crystal Palace FC’s academy with the u11s 🙂

Scott Hastings

Scott Hastings

Guest Elite Academy Coach

Scott actually began working with coach Ashley & Joe A at Chelsea FC when he was just 19! Since then he has gone on to achieve great things in the game and we are thrilled to have him as part of our coaching team.

A UEFA B License and FA Youth Award coach at Chelsea FC’s academy with the u13s, he has also has lots of experience from Tots all the way through to teenagers which we feel is invaluable!

You can catch Scott every now and then at our Elite Academy centres 🙂

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