Adam started coaching in 1999 and quickly fell in love with working with children of all ages.
Having started his coaching career with Oxford United, he went on to work with Reading and Southampton whilst building his own coaching business in the background. Adam has, also, been fortunate enough to work in Italy and Spain where he learned about the importance of individual technique.
Spending time within these professional environments has given him valuable experience which he enjoys passing on to players and coaches.
Adam set up ABFC in January 2000 and, having built up his own qualifications, is proud of the relationships he has developed with players, parents, schools and football clubs all over Oxfordshire.
"I am passionate about football having played the game for over 25 years. To pass on my knowledge to players and coaches is of huge importance to me and I am proud of the high quality sessions I am able to offer.
During the past 5 years, I have been building a unique coaching team; A team that shares my beliefs and passion. I feel we are approachable, friendly and honest with everyone we work with. Our personable approach to the variety of age groups that we coach is second to none and we endeavour to get to know each individual to find out how to get the best out of each player."
Ella first joined us on one of our school holiday courses aged 8 along with her twin sister, Lily. It was clear after a few years that she had a soft, caring nature with the younger children who were attending the course.
As a result of this, Ella has been helping run our after school clubs, holiday courses and Saturday morning club for the past 5 years as well as Faringdon Town FC's Wildcats sessions since Easter 2019.
Ella has played for Swindon Town and her enthusiasm for football and coaching is outstanding for someone of her age.
She was previously a part of the Berks & Bucks FA's youth council.
Supports: West Ham United
"It's great for me to see the boys and girls improve over time in a fun arena!"
Lily attended our holiday courses from the age of 8 with her twin sister Ella and, instantly, became a hit with the coaches due to her helpful and caring nature with those children that were younger than her.
Lily has been helping run our after school clubs, holiday courses and Saturday morning club for the past 5 years as well as Faringdon Town FC's Wildcats sessions since Easter 2019.
Lily is fantastic with the players she works with and was a member of the Berks & Bucks FA's youth council.
Supports: West Ham United
"After being coached by Adam from 8 years old, it's great to now be able to encourage boys and girls to enjoy the game!"
Tom joined ABFC in September 2023 and brings a wealth of knowledge with him. Tom is a qualified PE teacher and has over 15 years of experience working within children's sport. He is, also, a level 3 LTA tennis coach.
Tom played semi professional rugby for 5 years and is comfortable with all sports. This adds a great dynamic to what we can offer and we are delighted to have him on board.
Tom has a fantastic way of getting the best out of the players he works with and we're really lucky to have as a part of the ABFC family.
"I'm a massive sports fan and love to be involved with anything active. I especially love seeing children moving and enjoying their sports. I'm excited to be working with ABFC and I know Adam is delighted that I have converted to the correct shaped ball!"
Henry has been coaching with ABFC since 2017 having previously attended one of the popular after school clubs during his primary school years. He later joined us for a weeks work experience before going to college and completing a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching as well as Level 2 Fitness Instructing.
Henry has become a key member of our coaching team and his enthusiasm is infectious with the children he works with.
Supports: Manchester United
"Having played football at various levels throughout my childhood, I knew I wanted to work within the sporting industry. I love every minute of working with children and, having completed my FA Level 1 coaching badge, I am excited for what the future holds!"
Alfie became part of the ABFC team in September 2023 having completed a level 3 diploma in coaching sport.
Alfie captained Oxford City under 18's during his time at the club and this leadership is evident during his coaching sessions.
"I've always loved football and really enjoyed the coaching course I studied at college. Having the opportunity to work with young players and see them develop is something I'm really excited about!"
WORK EXPERIENCE AND DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARDS
We can help!
Over the past 15 years, we have helped a number of children achieve their bronze and silver D of E awards. Most are former players who have chosen to complete their volunteering sections with us and some have continued to help with sessions even after achieving their awards including Oscar, Dan P, Dan H and Harry at Faringdon and Oliver at Deddington.
We also get asked to help children with their work experience placements. As with the D of E awards, we are only too happy to accommodate any secondary school children wishing to explore a career in coaching.
Some children join us as a way to boost their confidence and we have 2 players working alongside us at the moment who are doing just that: Jayden and Harry T have been valuable helpers.
If you would like us to help with your D of E award or you'd like to enquire about a work experience placement, please contact Adam on email@example.com