In the Spotlight...

Coach Owen with some of our Advanced Skills players
Hi all! It's a new academic school year, and with it comes another year for all at HFSA. We are proud to say that we celebrated our fourth birthday on 6th September AND this is our 1st Anniversary of our monthly profiles. In honour of this, we have decided to cover our very own Coach, Owen Taylor, in this month's In the Spotlight. Read on to find out a little more about him!
1) Tell us a little about yourself ~ I am 40 years old and I've been coaching football since 2002. I’ve coached on 3 different continents. Midweek, I’m a Sports Coach in various schools. I am a Dad to 2 children, Ellie & Henry. Currently, Ellie doesn't but Henry does have a little interest in football!
2) Which team do you support? ~ Tottenham Hotspur
3) Who are your 3 footballing heroes? ~ Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff and Paul Gascoigne
4) How old were you when you first showed an interest in football? ~ I was about 3 or 4 years old but I didn’t really start playing until 8 years old
5) What made you want to start up HFSA? ~ I wanted to project my own ideals into football coaching. I found other schools were more restrictive in what they taught, and I wanted to encourage a more skill-based, less rigid way of playing
6) What is your favourite football skill that you can do? ~ Brazillian Juggles
7) What is your favourite football skill that you wish you COULD do but CAN’T? ~ I actually can’t do the Rainbow Flick!
8) As a coach, what do you enjoy most about the Academy sessions? ~ I love to see the progression of each and every one of the kids. I get a real boost seeing the kids move up to the next group
9) How do you like to keep fit? ~ Gym and Running. And also football of course
10) Do you still play football regularly? ~ Yes! After a short retirement, I decided I missed it and now I play for Reckitt’s Veterans
11) What is your defining moment in sport, personally? ~ I once scored the perfect hattrick; left foot, right foot, header!
12) What is your defining moment in sport, as a spectator? ~ Watching Hull City go 2-0 up against Arsenal in the FA Cup Final
13) Do you enjoy watching/playing any other sports? ~ I enjoy playing Dodgeball, Tennis, Cricket. I enjoy watching Rugby League, particularly Hull KR
14) Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now? ~ Hopefully, doing the same job; teaching sports to children. I would also like to see the Academy continue to grow from strength to strength
15) Would you like to say anything to our HFSA family in celebration of our 4th birthday? ~ I would like to say a huge thanks to all of you for coming along to those first sessions and sticking with us. It’s great to see so many people have settled in and made (hopefully) life-long friends at HFSA, and I look forward to seeing you all grow
Just to put things into perspective, many of the HFSA have been taught by Owen for several years (obviously pre-HFSA) and still come now, working with us alongside their own team training. Due to growth of the Academy and more and more interest from parents of younger children, we are also about to launch our very own Little Feet sessions. This means we will shortly be taking children as young as 2 years old. This is testament to the skills Owen shares, the dedication from the children and the massive support from all of our parents. Lifelong friendships are occuring right before our eyes; we really are like a little football family. Happy 4th birthday to all of you!

In the Spotlight...


Hello! We hope you are all enjoying a fun-packed hottest summer for 40 years (reportedly). We have definitely been enjoying ourselves both in and out of the Academy. The summer camps are proving successful for everyone who has attended, and our respective families have hardly spoken the word "bored" (so far). With the summer comes our 12th edition of In the Spotlight and, with this edition, comes Albert! Albert Hardy tells us a little about what life is like for him. See his story below
1. How old are you? ~ I am 8 years old
2. Tell us about you and your family: ~ I live with my Dad (Andy) and my mum (Lizzie) in Skidby. I have a big brother called Dillon who is 18, a big sister called Elsa who is 9 and a cat called Lola
3. Who is your favourite football team? ~ My favourite teams are Liverpool and Hull City
4. Who is your favourite footballer? ~ Mohammed Salah
5. How did you first hear about Hull Football Skills Academy? ~ From a leaflet in our school bags
6. When did you start your football journey with the Academy? ~ I can’t remember! 2016 I think (We checked Albert, you've been with us since Dec 2016!)
7. What made you stick with HFSA? ~ Because Owen is a really good coach and because of this I am much better at football now
8. Do you play football in a team? ~ No but i would like to one day
9. Do you have any other hobbies? ~ I like riding my bike and playing my xbox. I also like playing the guitar and listening to music
10. What do you think is the best part of your academy sessions? ~ Learning the skills
11. What is your favourite football skill, and can you do it? ~ Rainbow flick and I can just about do it, but I am still learning
12. What other activities would you like to see at HFSA? ~ I can’t think of any
13. What advice would you give to someone new wanting to join us? ~ Try your best and practice in your garden (We say that's an excellent tip!!)
When asked if Albert's parents had anything to add, Mum Lizzie said: We would like to say how much we have watched Albert progress since he started HFSA. Owen’s coaching style is perfect for children like Albert who wasn’t very interested in football to begin with and the results have been fantastic
We have to agree with your Mum, Albert, you really have come along in leaps and bounds. Your friendly smile and kind nature towards the other HFSA kids goes a long way and certainly doesn't go unnoticed. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us, and we will see you and your sister at Camp!

HFSA Little Feet


NEW: We are delighted to announce the pitter patter of Little Feet here at HFSA! From 6th October, we will be taking your little guys and gals from age 2! Contact us via the usual methods to book your places ⚽

In the Spotlight...


Hi everyone! Here is our July Spotlight article, just in time to celebrate the end of another school year! We hope you have a wonderful school break, and we hope to see lots of you in August at one of our Wednesday Summer Camps (scroll for further info). In the meantime, please say a big, fat hello to one of our regulars. Here is Benedict Lee and he would like to share his story with you below:
1. How old are you? ~ I am 5 years old
2. Tell us about you and your family: ~ I live with my Mum (Hannah), Dad (Neil) and little brother Edward (Teddy) who is 2. We moved to Hull from Leeds in 2016. Edward will be joining HFSA when he is 4
3. Who is your favourite football team? ~ Liverpool (not Spurs!)
4. Who is your favourite footballer? ~ Mo Salah
5. How did you first hear about Hull Football Skills Academy? ~ My dad found out about HFSA on google. When we moved to Hull we were looking for football sessions I could play in. I had played every Saturday in Leeds and wanted to carry on playing
6. When did you start your football journey with the Academy? ~ September 2016
7. What made you stick with HFSA? ~ Owen trains us in skills - he doesn’t just play games. HFSA is also a lot of fun and I like Coach Owen
8. Do you play football in a team? ~ Not yet
9. Do you have any other hobbies? ~ Swimming, watching movies (Marvel & Star Wars), Riding my bike, Singing & Dancing
10. What do you think is the best part of your academy sessions? ~ I really enjoy King of The Ring and the one on one games. I also like playing the five aside games at the end
11. What is your favourite football skill, and can you do it? ~ I like balancing the ball on my feet, kicking it up in the air and then catching it. I practice in the garden with my dad as well and like to dummy him
12. What other activities would you like to see at HFSA? ~ I enjoy everything that we do, I cant think of any way it could be any better
13. What advice would you give to someone new wanting to join us? ~ You will be given a warm welcome at HFSA by Owen, Leah and all the other kids
We asked proud Dad, Neil if he had anything to add to Benedict's comments. He told us: ~ There is an amazing atmosphere at HFSA where all the parents get along and the new children are given a warm welcome by Owen and the team. Benedict had tried other football sessions in Hull, but the structure was not as good as HFSA and the groups were too large. Everything about HFSA is structured so the children not only enjoy themselves but also learn
Benedict, thank you so much for agreeing to tell us all a little about you and your family. We are always happy to see you at the Academy with your smiley face. You work very hard and we can see you gaining confidence every week. Have a great holiday season!

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Hello! Somewhere out there it's June! While we sit hoping for a warmer summer season, please have a little read of our 10th member profile. This edition of In the Spotlight features Max Holt. Here's what he has to tell us:
1. How old are you? ~ 7 years old
2. Tell us about you and your family ~ I live in Hull with my Mum. We are hoping to move to a house with a bigger garden so I have more space to play more football!
3. Who is your favourite football team? ~ Manchester Utd and Hull City
4. Who is your favourite footballer? ~ David De Gea
5. How did you first hear about Hull Football Skills Academy? ~ I wanted to start football training and my friend’s brother comes here and recommended it
6. When did you start your football journey with the Academy? ~ 2 years ago
7. What made you stick with HFSA? ~ It’s fun
8. Do you play football in a team? ~ Not yet but I am nagging my Mum to let me!
9. Do you have any other hobbies? ~ Playing more football, drama, Beavers, more football and more football… oh and more football
10. What do you think is the best part of your academy sessions? ~ The matches! (Editor notes: Following key skills training, we then encourage small matches of 4v4, 5v5 etc to aid skills development).
11. What is your favourite football skill, and can you do it? ~ The rainbow flick, it is quite hard but I have done it
12. What other activities would you like to see at HFSA? ~ A hard question (lots of head scratching), maybe a little bit of goal keeping but I like it as it is
13. What advice would you give to someone new wanting to join us? ~ Join, give it a try, if you like it, stay!
We asked Mum, Wendy what she thought of HFSA and of Max coming along most weekends. She told us: "Max absolutely loves coming to the sessions, both his football skills and confidence have grown so much. His endless energy and enthusiasm amaze me. Max went to the Easter football camp and is really looking forward to the summer one. Thank you to Owen, Leah and Tom for all their help. The parents/carers and other children are so friendly too, even I am starting to like football a little!"
We have to agree with Mum here; Max definitely puts a lot of energy into his game playing, and is quite fearless at times. We hope he sleeps well for you on a Saturday night, Wendy! Well done Max and thank you for telling us a little about what makes you tick. Keep on kicking!