Owner & Head Coach
We Make Footballers have been running for the past 10 years. Having had great success in London, We Make Footballers have now become a football franchise coaching over 4,000 children every week across over 46 venues.
Our mission is to provide best-in-class professional football coaching for boys and girls of all abilities. Our unique coaching methodology, common sense, and passion for football enable us to create the perfect environment for a child to learn and develop in the Lewisham area. Through our network, we provide pathways for our players to join professional academies and local grassroots clubs. We’re making football.
Ashford Surrey Academy was set up in 2022 by Iuri Baptista who is the academy Director of WMF Staines, Sunbury, and Feltham. All WMF academy managers believe in the We Make Footballers mission and strive to help players of all abilities become the best they can be!
We break down the football fundamentals in a simple and engaging way. Then, our 1-on-1 drills give your child the time to reinforce what they've learnt at their own pace.
We only have 10 children per coach to ensure high quality training and the chance for your child to build friendships. We also have strict anti-bullying policies so they will always feel safe.
Exercise is best when it doesn't feel like exercise. Our weekly training and holiday camps are fun, but also boost your child's fitness, speed, movement, and agility too.
It's not just physical and social skills, our unique sessions help with cognitive function too. You will see your child develop better concentration, learning, listening, and decision-making skills week after week.
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We Make Footballers is fantastic. Our daughter has enjoyed many hours of football training on Saturday mornings and in the holidays. What a great way to motivate kids with sport, teach them to win, to lose, to support others and to strive to be the best they can.
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How it works: We provide players and teams for local grassroot teams to compete at a competitive grassroots level. The partnered club recommend WMF to players who aren’t quite ready to play at a grassroots level side (players may be too young or new to football).
All of our coaches are fully DBS checked and at least one member of staff on site will be first aid trained.