About Us

Our Philosophy

M.R.F.A. understand that sport plays a huge part in many lives and many don’t realise the huge impact it can have. We ensure that everyone taking part in an M.R.F.A. activity leaves with a positive experience.  Our coaching methods follow the 4 corner-teaching model: Technical, Tactical, Psychological and Social.  This enables players to express themselves and gives each individual the chance to experiment and be creative.

Our Aim

Our aim is to create a fun learning environment that best develops young players.  It is a place where parents know that, regardless of the level of success achieved in football, players of all ages and abilities will gain invaluable education and advice.  This will provide them with a starting platform into the sport they love.

M.R.F.A. Team

Here you can find out all about the M.R.F.A. team and our coaches.  If you’d like to enquire about joining our team, please send your cover letter and CV to info@mrfa.co.uk.

Michael Richardson
Michael RichardsonOwner & Academy Director
Michael is vastly experienced in both coaching and playing football, having played professionally, and been involved in professional football, since the age of eight, where he started out at Ipswich FC and finished at Leyton Orient FC.

Michael has always been passionate about football and teaching children. He coached Leyton Orient’s U11’s for three years and his passion is to help aspiring players achieve their dream. Having previously been in the same position as M.R.F.A.’s players, Michael fully understands how important having the right coaching is and having a good support team.

Qualifications:
UEFA A Prep Course
UEFA B Licensed
FA Futsal Level 1
FA Futsal Level 2
FA Youth Award
FA Youth Module 1, 2 & 3
Level 2 coaching
Level 3 in Supporting and Delivery of Physical Education

M.R.F.A. Coaches

Charlie Fairhead
Charlie FairheadHead of Development Centres
Charlie has always been passionate about football. Charlie began coaching at the young age of 16, wanting to get a head start on others. He has now established himself as an important member of the M.R.F.A. coaching team.

Charlie played for Leyton Orient from a young age and played all the way up to 16. He then moved onto Queens College, where he completed a 2 year apprenticeship in football. He is now playing semi-professional football.

Qualifications:
FA Youth Module 1
FA Youth Module 2
FA Futsal Level 1
FA Futsal Level 2
Level 2 coaching
BTEC Level 3 in Sports, Coaching & Fitness

Charlie is currently working towards starting his UEFA B License.

Sam Robinson
Sam Robinson Lead Coach
Sam has always had a great passion for football and coaching. Growing up, Sam played for the semi-professional team, Chelmsford City, as a goalkeeper. Sam quickly discovered his passion for coaching from a young age and he spent a year coaching in private schools.

Subsequently, Sam has gone on to do coaching for ISFA who have seen players such as Frank Lampard, Fraser Forster and Victor Moses play for them. Sam also spent time working at Reading FC learning from some of the Academy coaches.

Sam has also spent the last 2 seasons as first team coach at Essex Olympian’s, Springfield FC.

Qualifications:
UEFA B
FA Youth Module 1, 2 & 3
Developing the Developers
FA Futsal Level 1
2;1 degree in Sports Science
Level 2 coaching

Tom Paget
Tom PagetLead Goalkeeping Coach
Tom has recently joined the M.R.F.A. team, and we’re very excited to have him on board.

His superb attitude has already been demonstrated with him becoming a firm favourite with our foundation age groups!

Qualifications:
FA Level 2 in Coaching
FA Futsal Level 1
FA Goalkeeping Level 2

Tom is looking to complete his Youth Modules and finish them by the end of 2017.

Mark St Louis
Mark St LouisLead Coach
Mark is a vastly experience coach, who M.R.F.A. are very lucky to have as part of our team.

Currently Mark is part of the coaching team at Millwall Academy, Mark has spent the last 4 seasons working with the Lions, and is currently working with the U11s.

He has also spent a lot of time working in semi-professional football with the likes of; Witham Town, East Thurrock United and Chelmsford City FC.

Qualifications:
UEFA B Licensed
FA Youth Award
FA Youth Module 1, 2 & 3

Mark is looking to get onto his UEFA A licence in 2017.

Liam Underwood
Liam Underwood Coach
Liam joined M.R.F.A. in the Summer of 2016, Liam has shown a real passion and desire to develop his coaching ability.

He is now in the final stages of completing his Level 2 in coaching football.

Qualifications:
FA Level 1 coaching
FA Level 2 coaching
FA Youth Module 1
FA Youth Module 2

Jack Walker
Jack WalkerCoach
Jack is currently working full-time alongside our senior coaches. Since joining us in mid-2015, he has shown admirable eagerness to learn and develop his skills in football coaching.

He is now in the final stages of completing his Level 2 in coaching football.

Qualifications:
Level 1 coaching
FA Youth Module 1
FA Youth Module 2
Level 3 in Supporting the delivery of Physical Education

Taylor Williamson
Taylor WilliamsonAssistant Coach
Taylor has spent time working with the coaches at M.R.F.A. for 18 months now, Taylor is very keen to progress and develop as a coach and will his superb attitude he is sure to do this.

Taylor is currently completing his AS levels at Helena Romanes School & Sixth Form.