The British Football Academy offers the chance for children in Singapore to reach their potential in football. Founded and run by two former professional English academy coaches, the academy see its players as "children first, football players second", and aim to ensure that children enjoy their experience and develop into well rounded people, whilst also pushing them to improve their football skills.
David Phelps - Programme Manager
Dave started his journey in professional football at Pro Football Support as regional manager where he worked with over 30 Professional Football Academies in England such as Premier league Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town, conducting physical testing and providing individualised training programmes for players age 7-16. Dave moved on to work at FC Halifax Town where he was part of the team to set up a new academy set up for the club, as well as being the assistant first team strength and conditioning coach, this role culminated in a victory in the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium, the biggest achievement in the clubs history.
In 2016 he moved to Singapore to work for ESPZEN as Senior coach, working mainly with the ages of 6 - 10, Daves work resulted in the u8 age category having the most teams ESPZEN had ever had at that age group. After a brief spell as Program Manager at the end of 2017 he decided to leave the soccer school in February 2018 and join Andy in starting British Football Academy.
Dave holds a BSc Sports Coaching from Leeds Metropolitan University, FA Level 2 and Youth Module licenses and comes with over 10 years of experience in working with young players.
Andy Gillespie - Programme Manager
Andy coached a number of local clubs in Yorkshire before he began his journey into professional football with Barnsley FC Academy in 2012. During his 5 years at Barnsley FC, Andy worked with a range of ages between the ages of 5-16 at both Academy and development centre level, mainly leading the U8 & U9 academy teams. During this time he completed the prestigious UEFA B license and the FA Youth Award. Alongside these he also attended Leeds Metropolitan University where he completed a BSc Hons Degree in Sports Coaching
In March 2017, Andy moved to Singapore to work for ESPZEN Soccer School, leading the U10 age group and working with kids as young as 4 and as old as 18. In February 2018 he decided to leave ESPZEN in order to start up British Football Academy.
The overall aim of the British Football Academy is to help every child reach their own potential and instil our key values in every player. These key values are:
Integrity & Fair Play
A key message for us is ‘children will be treated as children first, and football players second’. It is very important to us that children enjoy playing football and are well developed socially and psychologically. Once this has been achieved, children can then work to develop their technical, tactical & physical. Our coaches will develop these areas through:
Ball Manipulation and Individual Skills
Becoming Dominant in 1 v 1 Attacking & Defending
Individual develop plans, as well as 1 to 1 coaching sessions
Teaching players to think about different ways of playing the game
Encouraging risk taking in all players