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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.



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

Michael Richardson

Owner & Academy Director

James Nicholas

Head of Development Centres

Matt Talman

Schools Coordinator

Sarah Smith

Head of Girls Football

Luke Balls-Burgess

Academy Coach

Sam Skinner

Pre-Academy Coordinator

Sam Robinson

Academy Coach

Ben Andreos

Academy Coach

Peter Falco

Academy Coach

Jake Gilder

Futsal Academy Coach

Josh Antoniou

Academy Coach

Josh Rodgers

Academy Coach

Ryan Richefond

Academy Coach

Will Fordham

Academy Coach

George Glock

Academy Coach


Our Partners


Why choose M.R.F.A?

All of our coaches are FA/UEFA qualified and have solid experience in both playing and coaching football. Having this previous experience enables our coaches to fully empathise with our players and understand how important good, honest coaching is and having a good support system.

Success Stories

Here you can read some great examples of what some of our players have achieved through training with us, and who have then gone on to be signed by professional clubs.

Who are M.R.F.A?

M.R.F.A. is a football company based in Essex where we provide elite football coaching to young, aspiring male and female footballers, ranging from 2 years-old to 19 years-old. Our website will guide you through what M.R.F.A. can provide you with to aid your development as a player.