IJF runs the FA courses for training football coaches and helping them earn the FA licenses. Recently IJF joined hands with KOOH Sports – a leading sports education and training company headquartered in India.
Through associations, IJF is also connected with Absolute Sports Services which offers premium swimming and gymnastics coaching
Head of Development and Goalkeeping
Ben began his career as a goalkeeper for Newcastle United, before moving on to the likes of Middlesbrough and Leeds United.
His experience in the professional game included promotions from both the Eenglish Football League One and Two and set him in great stead going into his coaching career.
Coaching Qualifications: FA Level 2
Paul joins us from Middlesbrough FC where he was their Lead U16 Coach. Working with the club for the past five years it has seen him bring through a number of players who now represent the first team, as well as taking teams to play in the most competitive tournaments around the world.
Coaching Qualifications: UEFA A License, FA Advanced Youth Award
Business Operations Manager
Sid is a graduate of New York University, where he completed a bachelor of science in sports management at their campus in Manhattan.
Having grown up in the UAE, he brings with him vast experience of Dubai football and is heavily involved with the organisation and running of the Jebel Ali Youth League.
Qualifications: FA Level 2
Global Football Director
Chris has over 11 years of experience working in UAE youth Football after playing professionally in England for Crewe Alexandra.
With Chris's experience, passion and technical knowledge in the field of youth football, event and training camp organisation, Its Just FOOTBALL is on a successful path under his leadership
Coaching Qualifications: UEFA A License
Lee left the Jebel Ali Centre of Excellence in 2008 to work for Manchester City, as well as having a brief spell with Blackburn Rovers before returning to the UAE.
One of the youngest coaches to receive his UEFA 'B' license, he also played for Crewe Alexandra's academy and we are excited to see the quality he will bring to the ever-growing and improving coaching staff at IJF.
Coaching Qualifications: UEFA 'B' License, FA Youth Award
KOOH Sports is headquartered in India and It’s Just Football is its Football arm operating out of the Middle East.
KOOH Sports is a leading International Grassroots Sports Company set up with a passion to get kids of today to embrace sport and a healthy life style.
KOOH Sports works with 200+ schools and 100+ academies across 50 cities in India covering 200,000 kids
Absolute Sports, like IJF, is a part of the KOOH Sports family providing world class swimming and gymnastics tuition along with a full range of swimming programmes at convenient locations across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates.
Affiliated with the UAE Swimming Federation, Absolute Sports runs 25+ centres covering 850+ kids and young elite players.
Through it's partnership with Sydney Thunder, It’s Just Cricket offers Young Cricketer's a cutting edge programme which is led by expert coaches and supported by elite cricket technical experts.
It is a comprehensive platform that progressively and holistically develop budding cricketers and provide them with opportunities to train at some of the world’s leading cricket institutes.