Academy Staff Profiles
Founder & Academy Director
Ash set his sights on tackling the lack of opportunity available for gifted young footballers around London to make an impact within the professional game.
He came up with an idea of launching a school of excellence, a centre where the most promising players could fine tune their talents and achieve a better understanding of the game. Within the idea was a plan to help players who were good enough on a pedestal, giving scouts and coaches from professional clubs the chance to see their talents.
After seven years of hard work developing a structure, recruiting the right team and finding sponsorship, the Pro Touch Soccer Academy was born. Speaking on what is without doubt his greatest ever achievement, Ash said: "Coaching and guidance are vital in helping young footballers make it within the professional game.
"I've always wanted to play a part in helping footballers who are good enough get that chance to prove themselves. That is the sole aim of the Pro Touch Soccer Academy."
With the exception of a brief trial at Leyton Orient, Ash never played professional football and was never really given the chance to prove just how good a player he was. Staying close to the game, he turned his attentions towards coaching and managing, taking over the reins at King's Cross United with close friend Will Cave.
Since then he has gone on to accomplish numerous goals within the sport, coaching a host of successful men’s and women’s teams from across London. Among his successes include leading King's Cross Lithgow to a host of top honours around the country, including the prestigious Canary Cup in 2000.
He has also successfully pitted his wits against some of the best young managers from across Europe, securing a hat-trick of bronze medals at the Dana Cup, which was held in Denmark.
During the 1990s Ash coached and assisted some of the most gifted and talented young prospects that Camden and Islington had to offer. They included Abdul Koysor, who enjoyed spells at Leyton Orient and Charlton Athletic, Leon Fisher, who played for Watford and England under-17s, and Sam Oji, who has spent time with clubs Arsenal, Birmingham City and Hereford United.
Ash has also played an influential role in the career of Anthony Wordsworth, a gifted young midfielder who is a regularly first-team starter at League One side Colchester United and another young first-team striker Danny Hylton currently at Aldershot Town.
With almost 16 years of experience under his belt, Ash has developed a great understanding of the media world that today's professional footballers are exposed to. His work both on and off the pitch has also merited various media coverage, with BBC, ITV and Channel Four all producing documentaries on his achievements. Ash has received the highest possible praise for all the hard work that he has put in over the years, receiving invites to the Buckingham Palace and No.10 Downing Street, where he met former Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
Assistant Academy Director
Over the past decade Zahid has become a highly respected and sought after football coach.
Having worked with a number of successful football teams across London, he boasts a vast knowledge of various coaching and training methods, and has also gained valuable experience in major European youth tournaments such as the Dana Cup.
Zahid managed PTSA U18s team, where they had an outstanding season in 2009/10, where the team came 3rd in the Cheshunt Youth Football League.
Outside of football Zahid works as Freelancer Digital Producer with 14 years of experience, working major Blue Chip companies.
Zahid uses his knowledge as a digital producer to keep the Pro Touch Soccer Academy at the forefront of technology, undertaking vital tasks like maintain the website and ensuring that the Soccer Academy continues to reach the widest possible audience.
Zahid, who was the Project Manager for Carlos and Kevin’s winning Dana Cup 2011 in Denmark under 13s team played a key role in making sure everything ran smoothly from game to game.
Zahid is MBA, BSc (Hons) qualified and holds an FA Level Two Coaching Certificate and FA Youth Module 1. He is due to start his FA Level Three UEFA 'B’ Coaching Certificate and FA Youth Module 2 in 2013.
Taff I Rahman
Director of Coaching & Development
Taff started his journey in football at a very young age; He represented various local Sunday League teams, his school and his district before being selected to play for his country. His skills, determination and belief landed him with a schoolboy contact with Queen’s Park Rangers and later Luton Town FC.
With a clinical eye for goal he was soon making a name for himself within the sport, which resulted in him being snapped up by his boyhood team Arsenal in September 1996.
While playing and training with the Gunners Youth Academy, he was one of ten boys selected to attend Highams Park School, a specialised program designed by Arsenal in a bid to combine player’s education with training. The likes of David Bentley (Tottenham Hotspur and England), Justin Hoyte (Middlesbrough), John Spicer and Ryan Smith were just a few of the names that were involved in this elite development program.
Taff has also been guided by some of the games great players and coaches, including Neil Banfield, Liam Brady, Andy McDermid and former England coach Don Howe.
Taff continued to develop gaining a vast knowledge of the professional game, representing Arsenal at academy, youth and reserves level. During his time at the club he competed in a series of prestigious tournaments across Europe, playing against the likes of FC Bayern Munich, Ajax, Lyon and PSV Eindhoven. Feeling the harsh hand of the beautiful game, Taff was released by Arsenal at end of the 2003 season, as he could not fulfill his potential due to a number of reoccurring injuries.
Where he went on to play in America, before returning to the UK to have trials with Bristol City and Rusden and Diamonds. He opted to sign for Gravesend and Northfleet FC, now known as Blue Square Premier League side Ebbsfleet, Taff has continued to play at semi-professional level.
Taff holds a BA(Hons) in Sports Science and Coaching and has completed his UEFA B Coaching License with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) and is currently completing his UEFA A Coaching License. His also completed his training for the Youth Coaches Award, which is designed for coaches working with elite players within the Professional Academies set-up. He recently founded his very own Coaching to Fitness (C2F-www.coaching2fitness.com) company, specialising in football coaching and fitness within sports.
Taff has been involved in football for the last 15 years and holds a vast amount of in-depth knowledge of the modern day game. Due to his involvement in all different capacities; from his professional playing and coaching background, grassroots football development and football related business. Working with local and global organisations and charities, his personal consultancy service has helped to develop football development and business programs.
Academy Project & & FA Football Agent
Mustapha is known as the “Special One” to his fellow colleagues, a fitting nickname considering his tough and determined climb since the days when he started playing football back in his native Sierra Leone.
Like many kids growing up in Africa in the early 1990s, pursuing a career in football were a “no go” area as there was more emphasis put on education.
When he relocated to England, his father urged him to finish his education and pursue a law degree. After completing a degree in Human Resource Management at the University of Luton, Mustapha was elected as a sabbatical officer (Vice President ‘Education and Representation’) managing the Student Union Advice Centre and providing information and advice to students.
Since joining the PTSA backroom staff in 2007, he has enjoyed great success, winning the One Youth Cup with the Pro Touch Community under-12s and the One Euro Youth Cup with both the under -13s and 15s. Mustapha is an FA Level Two qualified coach and is due to start his FA Level Three UEFA 'B’ Coaching Certificate in 2010.
Having completed and passed he’s Football Association Agent exam in 2009, Mus will join forces with Adam heading the Pro Touch Management Ltd (PTM).
Legal Advisor & FA Football Agent
Adam is a qualified and practising Barrister, having been called to the Bar in 1985.
In the 1980’s,
Adam played for Ryman League Premier Division side Wingate and Finchley FC, where he was presented with the Young Player of the Year Award in 1982.
Adam was a member of the Sports Disputes Resolution Panel, the professional body charged with conducting the Football Association Disciplinary Tribunals.
He is now a registered lawyer with the Football Association and also works part time as a football agent, helping to protect the interests of PTSA players in professional football.
Adam played a key role in negotiating the contracts for Ex. PTSA youngsters Eurico Sebastiao and Jordan Samuels-Palmer to Nottingham Forest FC, with the duo signing to Pro Touch Management in early 2011.
Head of Academy
Originally from Portugal, Carlos moved to England at the age of 13, and proved an instant success playing football at schoolboy level. He developed into a commanding and skilful central midfielder, earning a place in a number of top semi-professional sides, including Clapton FC, London APSA and Ilford.
In 2005 Carlos was offered a contract to play for East Thurrock, and was looking forward to a bright future within the sport. But sadly his playing career was cut short by a major injury to his left ankle and he was forced to retire.
In 2008 Carlos joined our community and academy coaching programmes where he continues to share his experiences within the game.
Carlos was the first PTSA manager to secure gold in the Dana Cup 2011.He managed the under 13s team with his assistants Kevin and Zahid.
Carlos holds an FA Level Two Coaching Certificate and will aim to sit the UEFA 'B' Licence this year.
Carlos's one of two most successful highlights for 2012 was when he managed to steer the U11s in Iber Cup, Portugal's international tournament in July having lost 4-0 in the U11s Final (B Playoff) vs. FC Lorient (France).
Secondly in August when Amateur Football Alliance (AFA) confirmed Carlos has been confirmed as the County and Greater London Regional "Coach of the Year " award and one of eight coaches shortlisted for National "Coach of the Year " award announced in September 2012.
Head of Strength & Conditioning + Sports Science
Ben was a goalkeeper at Arsenal and was released at the age of 16. He then went on to join the Barnet Academy and played semi-professionally for Wingate and Finchley and UWIC Inter Cardiff.
Ben was a personal trainer from the age of 16 and when he was 19 he went to the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) to study Sport & Exercise Science with the aim of being a strength and conditioning coach.
At UWIC Ben provided strength and conditioning coaching to the tennis, football and athletic teams before being selected to study at California State University, Long Beach. In America Ben coached the baseball, basketball and volleyball teams as well as producing a DVD series on football fitness for developing players and coaches.
On his return to the UK Ben completed his degree and coached elite level track and field athletes. He then went on to provide strength and conditioning support to Millwall FC and Cardiff City FC before taking a permanent role as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Olympic Medical Institute.
A year later, Ben took the role of Head of Sports Science and Conditioning at Birmingham City FC and was involved in the promotion to the Premier League in the 2008/09 season. Midway through the 2009/10 season Ben left the Blues to take the role of Senior Rehabilitation Scientist at the newly formed Intensive Rehabilitation Unit of the British Olympic Medical Institute and English Institute of Sport.
Ben is currently studying for a PhD in the "Biomechanics of Training Specificity" on a part time basis from the Cardiff School of Sport. Ben is also an accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach with the UKSCA and is an honorary lecture on the Masters Degree in Sports Medicine at UCL.
Ben is passionate about coaching and the physical development of players and athletes at an elite level. He loves his work at PTSA as it grants him opportunities to instil good habits and fundamental physical development in young and developing players.
Michael grew up on the Isle of Wight where he played youth football and tennis to a county standard.
He moved to London when he was 18 and studied an undergraduate degree in Sports Therapy, during which time he worked within the professional ranks at Barnet Football Club.
He went on to study a post-graduate degree in Physiotherapy at King’s College London, graduating in 2005.
Michael is currently working in the NHS as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and also runs a private Sports Injury and Rehabilitation clinic. He is fully qualified in Sports Trauma Management, is a member of the Football Association Medical Society and has also undertaken post-graduate training in Orthopaedic Medicine, Joint Manipulation, Acupuncture and Strapping and Taping techniques.
Michael was recently appointed as one of many physiotherapists by the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Originally from Nigeria, Wuhab arrived in London in 2010 to complete his Masters of Science degree in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health at University College London.
Prior to coming to London, Wuhab served as a Senior Physiotherapist at Lagos State Teaching Hospital where he supervised a team of physiotherapists and regularly participated in the treatment of various musculoskeletal injuries as well as sports injuries.
Most recently Wuhab took his talents to Arsenal Football Club, working with its Double Club. During his season with the Gunners, Wahab actively conducted football and educational sessions for youth in the London area.
Wuhab is a member of the UK Health Professional Council, the Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Board of Nigeria and the Nigerian Society of Physiotherapists.
Elite Performance & Fitness Coach
Ian has been actively involved in the sport of football at the elite level working with a number of top professionals on both the mental aspects of their performance and the difficulties endured when forced to transition out of elite sport on an individual basis. Maintaining contacts throughout the game has been paramount to his development on both a professional and social level with many friends still participating in sports science based roles at Preston NE, MK Dons, Peterborough United, and Liverpool FC. Although only participating in football at prep school level this saw him score in all house matches and regularly throughout the competitive season.
Ian’s significant breakthrough came in the sport of rugby union where his bulkier body size saw him take up a first team spot and successfully make the county squads whilst at school. Recommendations by former coaches saw him accepted for trials at Bedford Blues in the Allied Dunbar Premiership. Liking his natural flair and ability for the game together with his speed of 11.7 seconds for a front row forward weighing in excess of 16 stone 8lbs he was quickly snapped up by the Academy set up. However, this joy was short lived as a reoccurrence of an existing knee injury saw him released after his first season at the club, keeping him on the sidelines for a few years. Putting the work in at the gym saw Ian come back fitter and stronger than he had been previously as he signed for a couple of semi professional clubs plying their trade in the National Leagues. However, the hand of fate struck again when at the age of 26 he was forced to retire involuntarily when diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a fatal heart condition that cost Marc Vivien Foe his life when playing for Cameroon.
Rather than encapsulating himself in self-pity Ian decided to take the upper hand and put himself through university where he completed his Sports and Exercise Science degree at the University of Surrey, Roehampton before studying a Masters degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Science that focused on the key areas of sport and exercise psychology in combination with sport and exercise physiology. This provided Ian with the tools to offer clients a grounded approach by being able to look closely at the mind and body in synch knowing that one easily impacted upon the other when competing in the highly pressurised sporting environment.
Ian is currently studying a Ph.D that is investigating the “Psychological Implications of Involuntary Career Transitions for Former Competitive Athletes” on a part-time basis at the University of Stirling. Ian also won the only free place offered by BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Science) to present his research in relation to his Ph.D at the prestigious Stanford University in California in 2009 on the Athletes Heart and Sudden Death in Sport.
Experience in both the teaching and practical applications of fitness based routines and testing has seen him carry out regular fitness based sessions with a range of athletes and sports from student athletes to the elite. Ian is always looking to enhance his knowledge base and although having worked with a number of high profile athletes in both a research and applied capacity his prime focus has always been in offering the athlete the optimal package that he can provide. This has seen Ian look closely at doing the Neuro Linguistic Programming qualification commonly known as the NLP Practitioners Course alongside the UKSCA Strength and Conditioning Accreditation programme. Always mindful of doing too much too soon he is ambitious and sees the development of players that he works with as his biggest motivation and fulfilment as they reach their optimum potential.
Ian was appointed as the new Performance Coach at Brentford FC Academy & Development Squad for 2012/13 season.
Head of Fitness, Mentor & Personal Trainer
Joe started his football journey playing with Queen's Park Rangers at the age of 13. After an impressive debut season, he became hot property and was offered a schoolboy contract at a host of top clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Charlton Athletic and Leyton Orient.
After much thought and deliberation he decided to join Wimbledon FC, now known as the MK Dons, where he played until he was released at 17. Joe continued to try and make it in the professional ranks by joining Leyton Orient on a pay-as-you-play contract, before moving to semi-professional side Wingate and Finchley.
With his dream fast turning into a nightmare, Joe was forced to take drastic action and decided a career change was the best solution. He turned to education, achieving a diploma in sports science.
Now working as a health and fitness consultant, Joe teaches in various gyms, offering a range of different classes including circuit work, body conditioning and aerobics.
Joe has survived the darker side of football and gone on to enjoy a successful career within the fitness industry, becoming a beacon of hope to all the young players at the Pro Touch Soccer Academy.
Joe managed one of the U11s team in the Dana Cup 2011, which reached the Semi-Final of the international tournament. He’s side lost 2-0 to St Pauli, a German professional team but were unlucky not to progress into the Final. However Joe made he’s mark by securing bronze medal for he’s first managerial experience, with many more success to follow years to come.
Joe is an FA Level Two qualified coach and is due to start his UEFA 'B' Licence this year..
Joe's most career highlight was one, when he become one of Islington's Torch Bearer's for London 2012 Olympic games, a lasting lifetime memory and experience.
Manuel Pazo (Mani)
Head of Goalkeeping
Manuel known to many as 'Mani' has been a goalkeeper for 30 years and has had experience playing as a semi professional goalkeeper in Spain for 'CCDC FC & Alerta FC'
Mani has been coaching promising youth goalkeepers for four years, with most playing in the Camden and Regent's Park Youth League on Saturdays. Some of the potential goalkeepers Mani has coached in recent years have been scouted and invited to train with professional football clubs youth academies across London. This has demonstrated how the training methods Mani has implemented has enhance the goalkeepers skills.
Mani has recently opened his own Goalkeeping Academy in Central London, providing excellent advance training sessions and open to all abilities including those who are not registered with PTSA programmes.
He is very keen to assess during games, how individual goalkeeper performs in their competitive games for either PTSA or their individual local club teams. He's always keen to look at ways of improving each and every goalkeeper involved in the programmes improving their all round performances with regular feedback to the goalkeepers and their parents/guardians.
Nedim is a London based Fashion/Portrait photographer, who takes and artist and documentary approach to Fashion through the way people live.
Graduating from London College of Fashion in 2008, he pursued his career freelance in the fashion industry collaborating with various Magazines and Designers as well as working in advertising for the likes of The Metropolitan Police, Sainsbury’s and Samsung.
Nedim was introduced to PTSA through the Designers from the brand GIAROYE, whom sponsor PTSA. His first involvement with PTSA began when documenting the journey of Dana Cup International Soccer Tournament in July 2010, capturing the PTSA matches as well as the mood and essence of the experience for the young players during the trip to Denmark.
Through this he has gained a good relationship with PTSA and is now on board as the Director of Photography for the Academy, to help increase a memorable experience to the community and the young players with aspirations including our young schoolboy professional footballers - www.nedimnazerali.com .
Shaub got involved with PTSA in 2009 after editing the Dana Cup 2008 in Denmark and has since then familiarised himself with the academy set up. His involvement with creations of visuals, story boards, editing for the charity called Restlessbeings.org has enabled him to expand into PTSA and help with the creative aspects for the academy and bring them to the forefront of video production.
Shaub grew up with some of the PTSA staff and played various local teams, which started his passion for football and everything associated with it.
Since then Shaub has moved on and freelances as an offline editor/motion graphics designer and also works for a prestigious post production house and has many years of experience in offline editing/motion graphics design.
Most of Shaub’s spare time is spent doing offline editing/motion graphics design for PTSA and Restless beings.
Shaub has a BSc (Hons) is Software Systems for the Arts and Media.
Shaub is the founder of Sweet Mate Production - www.sweetmateproductions.com
Head of Centre of Excellence & Senior Academy Head Coach
Ray is a confident and competent communicator with a hunger surpassed by none, his love for the game of football is clear to whoever he meets. He is also a responsible character who can lead as well as contribute to the team ethic.
Ray was born and raised in East London, only child from a single parent house hold, with 8 GCSE's from A-C and 2 A-Levels. Ray’s main aspiration is to become a Head Coach at English Premier League club preferably Arsenal as this is the team he has supported all he’s life.
Ray holds an UEFA 'B' Licence. He has also completed a degree in Sports Science at Roehapton University in July 2012. Ray is also an national ambassador for the Princess Trust, which also recently featured in London Metro, sharing some of he’s highlights and life experiences.
Senior Academy Skills Coach & Mentor
Koyar brings a great passion and understanding of the game to the Pro Touch Soccer Academy.
As a dominant midfielder he went to play at every youth level within the game, including the Camden and Islington District team and the London County.
He was spotted by scouts while playing for Tufnell FC in the Camden and Islington Under-11s Youth League, and was soon attracting the attentions of a string of major clubs, including Arsenal and Chelsea. He opted to join West Ham, where during an impressive five-year spell he got the chance to play alongside some of the best young talents in the country, including Joe Cole (Chelsea and England), Glen Johnson (Liverpool and England) Kieron Richardson and Anton Ferdinand (both Sunderland).
Koyar's list of achievements includes winning the Milk Cup in 1997 with the Hammers' youth team, and making the final 60 players selected to take part in England schoolboy trials.
Despite his immense talent Koyar was released by West Ham, but continued his search for a scholarship with trials at Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and Leicester City.
Like many, his talents continued to get overlooked, and the constant struggle caused him to fall out of love with the game. Lacking vital guidance and direction Koyar was allowed to walk away from the sport, but he soon realised that football was far too important to him to just give up on it, and he soon reignited his love for the beautiful game in a coaching capacity.
He now works as a Sports Development Officer for a local authority, and also coaches the Year 6 Camden District team. Koyar is an FA Level Two qualified coach and is due to start his UEFA 'B’ Coaching Certificate this year.
Senior Academy Head Coach
Tony has played nearly all sports, achieving mostly from football and basketball.
He started coaching football by showing his son the basics of goalkeeping. Noticing that his guidance helped his son, it gave Tony the incentive to coach other youths.
Tony started at Norseman FC and Edmonton all saints with these teams playing in Enfield; this is where he started on his coaching badges.
Tony then went to Fitzrovia youth in Action, where he begun football coaching and being a youth worker. He coached from ages 8-18, the teams played in various five aside and eleven a side leagues and tournaments. Tony has helped the youths volunteer and take part in the Camden Unity Cup, which he has been coaching for the past 6 years.
Tony started the first Futsal league in Camden, (The Camden Futsal League); this introduced a new and skilful use of the ball in a very fast game. Coaching Futsal teams in Enfield and Camden, he has been able to take a girl’s team to The FA Futsal youth championship in Sheffield. Tony’s managed the U14/15s in the Camden & Islington Midweek League 2010-11 season, which won the League Cup and ended the season joint 3rd overall.
Tony holds an UEFA 'B' Licence, but also qualified as a Boxing Tutor and Leadership Award, Sports leadership Tutor Award Level One and 2, FA Goalkeeping and the FA Futsal.
Assistant Academy Coach
Goncalo is from Portugal and is very passionate about football. As a child he began to attend training sessions at the club closest to his heart, Sporting Lisbon (Sporting Clube De Portugal) He had the privilege to see at first hand great players like Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Simão and Nani. Even the "Special One" José Mourinho while he was still the Bobby Robson's translator at Sporting Lisbon.
Goncalo played as an amateur in Caneças FC in Portugal. At 18 Goncalo started coaching local young people from his neighborhood and there began is love for coach.
In January 2010 he came to live to London and began coaching in Brentford FCCST in after-school clubs.
In September 2012 he joined PTSA. At PTSA Goncalo finds a balance where he can also develop his knowledge,learning and sharing his experiences with other coaches.
Goncalo is a very positive person, extremely focused and committed in everything he does, so he had a unique opportunity to be one of the Games Maker of the London Olympics 2012.
One of his major goals is to be a professional football coach Gonçalo currently is a Football Coach Level 2.
Community Sports & Assistant Academy Coach
Michael was born in Nigeria and arrived in England at the age of 9 with his family, where his love for football grew immediately. He started playing for Hornchurch FC (semi-professional team) at the age of 16 spending 2 years developing myself, looking forward to a very bright future in football. But unfortunately like many hopefuls, he had a knee injuring, he gained strength again on the operated knee and could not stop getting back into serious football. So, he joined Kingstonian FC (semi-pro) where he fought to play in the first team. But the injury had restricted competitive football.
Michael was never able to recover fully to take the game seriously, therefore he turned his attention into coaching and educating young hopefuls wanting to chase their dreams of one day becoming a professional footballer.
Michael studied Aerospace Engineering design at Kingston University,
Michael currently holds an FA Level One Coaching Certificate and intend to sit the FA Level Two Coaching Certificate in 2011.
Senior Community Sports Coach
Kevin had a passion for football at a very young age; he represented various local teams in Enfield and surrounding areas north London. As he grew older his technical knowledge of the game became very influential, then like many injuries prevented Kevin from participating in the sport any further.
Kevin turned his attention to coaching youth football, which started he’s journey in 1994. then went on to running a mini soccer school in 2000 for childrenaged between 3-7 years old. Kevin continues to be involved in grassroots football coaching in Enfield, but has decided to challenge himself with the tasks of nurturing the next generational of schoolboy professional footballers within the PTSA framework.
Kevin was the assistant coach to Carlos in the wining Dana Cup 2011,in Denmark under 13s team. Kevin holds an FA Level One Coaching Certificate and will aim to sit the FA Level Two Coaching Certificate in 2011and is also a qualified referee.
Community Sports Coach
Maxwell has always shown a great passion for football.
Max has represented a few Sunday and mid-week league football teams including Tufnell Park FC and played football at various levels. Incorporating a beautiful touch, defence splitting pace, excellent vision and awareness and good level of teamwork ethics, which resulted in him being talent scouted and invited to trial at Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC and then eventually signing schoolboy professional contract for Millwall FC.
Max continued to develop and gain knowledge of the professional game representing Millwall at youth and academy level. Due to off-the-pitch constraints Max had to leave Millwall FC, which disheartened him.
However Max has joint PTSA to lend his experience and knowledge of the game and most importantly to re-invest within the community to help bring out our young talents best abilities.
Max has completed his FA Level 1 and is concentrating on gaining his FA Level 2 qualification later this year.
Senior Community & Academy Goalkeeping Coach
Sam is one of our youngest coaches, and is already building a glittering career.
Combining his desire to play with his love of teaching, the talented goalkeeper continually swaps his No.1 jersey for a tracksuit as he coaches young hopefuls at a grassroots community level while also playing for our under-18s team, where he had an outstanding season in 2009/10, where the team came 3rd in the Cheshunt Youth League.
In the previous four years Sam was part of the Dana Cup coaching and management teams, assisting and delivering the goal keeping coaching programmes for all the goal keepers travelling with the teams.
Sam holds an FA Level Two Coaching Certificate and is due to start his FA Level Two Goal Keeping Coaching Certificate in 2011.
Community Sports & Assistant Academy Coach
Jahandar known to all as 'John’, grew up in Iran. John started playing football from a young age like many others, as he grew up, he played at an amateur level.
At the age of 17 he had an opportunity to have a three week trial with an Iranian professional team from league Division One, unfortunately due to family circumstances, he was unable to attend. At the age of 18, he entered into National Military service, while he did his National service, John played for one of the top military team’s in Iran.
John at the age of 25 came to England but he felt he had no football experience within the English game but since he had a love for the game, he wanted to find his past in the game as a coach.
John at the end of 2010 set himself a goal that within five years he will be hold a UEFA Pro Licence Badge and work for a top senior team in the world. John is aware that this will be a long journey, with lots of hard work and John knows he will get there.
In March 2011 John gained his FA Level 1 coaching badge in Football and in November 2011 John gained his FA Level 2 coaching Badge in football, with these qualifications he is another step closer to his goal.
Working with all the PTSA coaches has given John more confidence and allowed him to grow as a coach. John’s has a philosophy of playing at high intensity, with press game and playing the game at pace, very much in Harry Rednapp style, even though John is a Chelsea fan!
John is due to start his UEFA 'B’ coaching badge in 2012.
Academy Head Coach
With a passion for football up there with the best and a knowledge to match Daniel fell in to coaching by chance when in a spur of the moment decision decided to join the NVQ in sports development in the summer of 2010.
Within a couple of months of the course sports coaches and tutors and coaches recognised the potential Daniel had when he coached, because of this he was put on the FA level 1 course which he passed at the age of 16. After passing the NVQ level 1 Camden sports development offered Daniel a job as a sports coach. After a successful summer of working with local football teams Daniel went back to do his NVQ level 2 and was recommended to do a FA level 2.
Daniel was given a mentor to help him try and help him pass where he was introduced to TJ O’Leary who helped his knowledge and understanding of football grow to a level of a very experienced coach. Together they worked with a local team. Like other coaches before him TJ seen the potential in Daniel and decided to introduce him to Taff Rahman who in turn got Daniel into the set up at PTSA in late 2011.
Daniel had a very successful start to his time with PTSA coaching the U6-8 age group as well as taking matches on Saturdays playing great football and as a bonus winning games.
Over the first few months working with PTSA and alongside other teams and coaches Daniel had gained enough experience to confidently pass his FA level 2 at the young age of 18.
He was one of the lead Coach's who managed the U7/8s in the PTSA Annual Easter Tournament "West Country Cup" in Newquay which the Academy first attempt in that age category come home with overall Winner's Cup. Several of the U8s star players had individuals trials with Brentford, Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham during the 2011-2012 period.
Daniel hopes to start his FA Youth Modules in late 2012 to be more specialised in the age group he works with.
Academy Head Coach
Ahmed has been coaching football since the age of 18, he currently holds his FA Level 2 Badge and has over 8 years football coaching experience. Ahmed is continuously improving as a football coach and is aiming to complete his UEFA B Licence (F.A. Level 3) in 2013.
Ahmed has completed his academic education up to university level. During this period Ahmed had been balancing his studies with football coaching, achieving his goals in both fields. Ahmed graduated from Brunel University in Finance and Accounting with honours and decided to pursue a career in Accountancy. Ahmed realised after 12 months that Accountancy was not as fulfilling and enjoyable as Football Coaching so made the decision to Coach Football full time; a decision he has never regretted.
Ahmed’s philosophy is that football is more enjoyable with the ball than without it. Therefore his emphasis is on a lot of short passes with more than one option for the player in possession through lots of movement off the ball. Players are encouraged to be confident in possession and move up the pitch by attacking empty spaces with and without the ball. When out of possession Ahmed likes to employ a high pressing game in order to retrieve the ball back as quick as possible.
Ahmed is new to the PTSA set up but is confident in his ability as a Coach to quickly settle and become an asset to the academy. Ahmed views PTSA as an ideal place to continue with his development as they set high standards for their coaches and players. Ahmed expects himself and any players associated with him to meet these standards.
Academy Head Coach
Frank is a new addition to our coaching team after working with our Director of Coaching & Development Taff Rahman for the last few months at Coaching 2 Fitness.
Frank, 19, is a FA Level Two qualified and is part of the Arsenal In The Community set up as well as taking a Degree in Football and Community Coaching at London Metropolitan University.
Having always had a love for football, Frank turned his attention to coaching at the age of 16 after a career as a goalkeeper failed to progress due to a knee ligament injury. Once qualified as a level one coach Frank took a job at Peter Hucker Soccer School in East London where he previously played, establishing himself as a coach respect by, players, parents and fellow coaches alike. He still continues to do work for this organisation.
Throughout his coaching career Frank has coached players from as young a 2 all the way through to 18 year olds and in 2009 became Assistant manager of the Clapton FC U16 who play in the Eastern Junior Alliance helping them gain a very respectable 4th place finish.
By joining the PTSA coaching staff Frank hopes pass on what his has learnt through his 14 year career in football to the future generation of players as well as adding to his own technical knowledge and understanding of academy football helping him progress up the coaching ladder
Academy Head Coach
Kevin is passionate person of the game.
Kevin played football for his local team (Roundwood FC), securing back-to-back promotions between 07-11 including various trophies. Refereeing at a primary school in 2007 achieving a ‘Protect and Serve’ award.
Kevin started coaching in 2010 in football giving primary school kids the opportunity to participate in football. In 2012 he was awarded ‘Outstanding Sports Leader 2012’ for his efforts throughout the year.
Joined PTSA in 2012 to find a challenge and develop his coaching skills. Holds a FA Level Two Coaching Certificate and JSLA qualification.
Academy Coach and Fitness instructor
Samir started his football journey playing with Fulham FCs development centre at the age of 13 after being scouted by his Sunday team. After an impressive season he was pushed to Fulham FC academy where he played until he was released at 16. He then went on trials with Wigan athletic and Charlton at 17. Samir also played for his borough (Enfield) and county (Middlesex) football team.
Samir continued to try and make it in the professional ranks but decided to give football a break and go and study. He went to college to study electrical engineering and worked part time as an engineer in the city for the next few years.
A few years later he decided to change his career to become a fitness instructor and did his level 2 in fitness instructing and worked at LA fitness for a year before deciding he missed football so much he went to play semi-professionally with Harefield United FC then Hertford town FC.
Whilst playing at Hertford town he decided to get into coaching early and do his coaching badges so he can give back to the youth and help develop the future stars. He completed his FA level 1 and 2 this year and also his FA youth award module 1 and 2.
Samir is an FA Level Two qualified coach and is due to start his FA Level Three UEFA 'B’ Coaching Certificate in 2013 and is always happy to share his experiences within the game with anyone needing help or advice.
Krasimir Korsachki (Kris)
Academy Head Coach
Kris is originally from Bulgaria, he arrived in London in 2010.
Kris was playing in Hackney and Leyton Sunday League for one season. He started his FA coaching badges and also started coaching U11 and U16 for Junior Reds FC. He now holds a FA Level 2 badge
Kris joined PTSA in June 2012, he found the professional style of coaching which was in line with his Philsophy on football and he looking forward to reaching more challenges and opportunity with PTSA.
Assistant Academy & Community Sports Coach
Johnson was born in Nigeria and arrived in England at the age of 13 with his family, where his love for football grew immediately. He started playing for his secondary school and college football teams and also for his local Sunday League team but never had the chance to play at a higher level. But his love for football still remains while he also played for his University football team.
However, he turned his attention into coaching and educating young hopefuls wanting to chase their dreams of one day becoming a professional footballer. Johnson is one of our new young coaches, full of passion, drive and is very sport oriented.
Johnson is on his final year of studying Sport and Exercise Science at University Campus Suffolk, Johnson currently holds an FA Level Two Coaching Certificate and can not wait to pass on his footballing knowledge and skills onto the new upcoming players.
Sports Rehabilitation Therapist &Strength and Conditioning
Hazel Studied Sport Rehabilitator (GSR), at the University of Hull Sport Rehabilitation is a fairly new but exciting profession in assessment, management, of injuries sustained through sport or through every day living.
Focusing on musculoskeletal injuries, the aim is to fully rehabilitate any injury in order to re-establish functional movement and put in place prevention strategies to reduce the risk of injury reoccurrence. Through a wide number of techniques Hazel can easily assess, treat, manage and prevent injuries, through the means of manual therapy, electrotherapy, prevention screening, fitness regimes and much more.
Since completing her degree she has had a wealth of experience in the field of sport rehab. Focusing on football, she has managed over the year’s musculoskeletal injuries from different populations working with academies such as Stevenage FC, and Luton Town FC as well as semi-professional first team clubs local to Hertfordshire. She is working within a Chiropractic Clinic where she has looked after many private clients, providing them with treatments and exercises regimes.
The main role Hazel has within the Pro Touch Soccer Academy is to prevent and manage injuries through exercise medicine. This is achieved by a variety of different exercise and fitness sessions held to enhance existing skills and fitness levels to ensure the lowest probability of injury during competitive and training sessions.
Hazel also completes strength and conditioning classes not only at advanced stages of the rehabilitation process but to improve and influence key components in football such as agility and power to ensure each player is at their full capacity when playing for PTSA.
Sports Rehabilitation Therapist
Bing as he's known to many at the Academy is a Qualified Physiotherapist of China;
HABC Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF);FA Qualified Level 7 Junior County Referee.
Awarded BSc degree in Rehabilitation Medicine in 2007 from SunYat-sen University, China.
Currently doing Masters in Sports Rehabilitation and Therapy at London Metropolitan University.
Bing was the physiotherapist-in-charge at the Sports Medicine Department of Peking University Third Hospital. Focusing on the management (assessment, treatment and prevention) of musculoskeletal injuries and postsurgical rehabilitation [major in knee (ACL, PCL, MCL, meniscus), ankle, and shoulder surgery].
Bing was chosen as a supervisor physiotherapist to work in the National ‘Birdnest’ Stadium, during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Being has has written in the following publicationswhile working as a physiotherapist:
- ‘Analysis of Individual Living Abilities and the Status of Social Participation of the People with Kashin-Beck Disease in Mao County Aba Region Sichuan Province’ Chinese Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2010, Volume 25(10)
-‘Presurgical and Postsurgical Rehabilitation Guidelines for the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury’ Chinese General Practice, 2008, Volume 11(10C)
- Book Compilation ‘Clinical Rehabilitation for Orthopaedics’
- Book Translation ‘Postsurgical Rehabilitation Guidelines for the Orthopaedic Clinician’ written by Hospital for Special Surgery
His real passion is to work in football dreaming to be a physio of a famous football club. In 2012 participated in the pre-season injury screening programme (2012-13 season) for Arsenal Football Club (first team and the academy).
Academy Finance Officer
Maria joined the PTSA administration team in August 2011, following several complex discussions with senior Academy management. This was due to the fact her child Stelios was signed to the Academy, but having cleared any conflict of interest she has happily agreed to support the ever growing demand of administration and finances on a voluntary capacity.
Maria's long term ambition and interest is to work with families, providing support and guidance with those who may need the extra assistance. She'll be joined with Susana, who will have a similar role within the PTSA structure.
Academy Finance Officer
Susana joined the PTSA administration team in late August 2011 following several complex discussions with senior Academy management like Maria. This was due to the fact her children Ruben and Tiago are signed to the Academy, but having cleared any conflict of interest she has happily agreed to support the ever growing demand of administration and finances on a voluntary capacity.
Susana worked as a legal administrator for many years at Skanthabalan Solicitors. Susana's long term ambition and interest is to work with families and children, with one eye focusing on working as Teaching Assistant later in 2012.
She'll be joined with Maria, who will have a similar role within the PTSA structure.
PR & Media Officer
Joanne joined PTSA as their PR & Media officer in January 2012. Joanne has many years of footballing experience playing for both university and Leyton Orient FC, but her playing days with Leyton Orient were cut short in 2006 after breaking her right ankle recovery has been full of up’s and downs.
With the injury bringing her career as a semi-professional footballer to an end Joanne decided get into journalism, she has 9 GCSE's (A-C) and holds a BTEC National Diploma in Media Productions (Triple Distinction), during her time at college she reached various milestones, including receiving a Jack Petchey award for an article published in Leyton Life.
Joanne is currently in her second year studying Sports Journalism at UAL, and is working as a freelance journalist for local newspapers, websites such as Anchorfan and the UAL paper.
Academy Parent Liaison Officer
Sandra's son Luke started with the Academy in 2010. She currently works as a Project Officer for the Camden Parent Council where she consults with parents on their views of services within the borough. She is the bridge between the parents and the academy. The information she gathers at monthly term time meetings get fed back to the coaches and other support staff at the Academy, which feed into how the PTSA operates. But she'll also be in discussion with various outside agencies about inviting guests and individuals about delivering workshops to our Academy parents and guardians.