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About Us

Founded by Michael Richardson in 2013, M.R.F.A. understands the huge impact sport has in many lives. Our ethos is, and has always been, to use sports to change the lives of young people. It’s 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.

Our team of coaches also includes six team members that are UEFA B qualified or higher – more than most professional football academies.



Michael Richardson

Owner & Academy Director

Rosie Richardson

Marketing & Business Development Manager

Ben Andreos

Head of Academy

Sarah Smith

Head of Girls Football

Luke Balls-Burgess

Holiday Course Lead

Jack Connolly

Content Creator

Sam Robinson

Academy Coach

Peter Falco

Academy Coach

Josh Antoniou

Academy Coach

Ryan Richefond

Academy Coach

Will Fordham

Academy Coach

George Glock

Academy Coach

Rob Moore

Academy Coach

James Fitzgerald

Academy Coach

Scott Fitzgerald

Academy Coach

Paul Brush

Academy Coach

Harvey Farmer

Pre-Academy Coach


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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.