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Meet the WFA Coaches

Find out more about Team WFA.

What is completely unique about the coaching staff at WFA is that almost every single one of them trained at WFA as a child. They all went on to play for Wilmslow Town and then came back to WFA to coach. All our coaches are CRB checked and training to use AED’s.

Erik – The Gaffer

Erik is a life-long Manchester United fan and the founder of WFA. An FA qualified coach, Erik works with all the age groups at the Academy and has worked with the Manchester City and Manchester United Junior Academies. He is now a senior scout for Manchester City and its Erik’s ambition to see another WFA Graduate play in the premiership one day.

Erik is also the chairman and founder of Wilmslow Town Football Club. He is the Team Coordinator responsible for the welfare and development of all the junior teams at Wilmslow Town from the under 7’s to the under 18’s squads.

Matty “Tooly” Toole

Matty looks after the older year 5, 6 and 7 boys on a Saturday and is a key coach in the schools in the area. A lightning fast winger at Poynton FC too, Matty helps to run various after school clubs and school PE lessons with WFA – he’s a qualified rugby coach too. He’s often seen with the wrong shape balls!

Dan Aymes

Danny has solid footballing background. He played for Alderley United before signing for Erik’s u18’s Wilmslow Town team where he won the Cup as a striker in Erik’s last game in charge after 11 as manager. Dan was a BTech student at the high school and was set to study sports coaching at Leeds Uni before joining WFA as a coach in March 2016. A fully qualified coach, Dan inspires the youngsters with his enthusiasm and innovative training techniques.

Sam Horton

With over 8 years’ experience working at WFA, Sam is one of our most senior and seasoned coaches. A lot has changed since Sam first started with us and he claims to enjoy working with our superstars of the future more so than ever. Alongside working and improving technical skills, Sam’s sessions place an emphasis on the development of an understanding of the game. It is therefore no surprise that his favourite part of WFA is helping the Year 2s & 3s in preparation for making the step to play for Wilmslow Town

Adam Leigh

Another WFA Graduate. Adam attended WFA from the age of 5 and eventually played for the Wilmslow Town Panthers where he is a dynamic midfielder. Like Ed, Adam started coaching as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award and impressed the staff so much that we signed him up! As a WFA scholar he knows the high standards expected from the Gaffer and promises to be one of our very best WFA coaches in the future.

Amy Colledge

One of the best lady footballers in the area. Amy is a midfield powerhouse with Crewe Alex Ladies. Amy is a key player in developing the girls section at WFA and coaches the popular Monday night sessions for our Lionesses. She is aiming to carve out a career in sport once she graduates as either a professional player, a sports teacher or coach. Amy is another coach that graduated through the WFA system when she was younger.

Em Maslen

Like Amy, Em is very accomplished player in the ladies game. She’s on the books at Manchester City Ladies but is currently recovering from a serious knee injury. Em is key to developing the ladies game with WFA and coaches the girls on a Monday night too.

Nick Collins

Nick started with WFA on works experience from Wilmslow High and liked it so much he decided he wanted to stay with us! He’s a man of few words but the kids love him and he has established himself as a very good junior coach.

Jordi “Jordi” Garner

Captain of the most successful junior football team in the area, Wilmslow Town’s Cougars Youth team. He’s led his team to 4 League Titles in 7 years and won the Keele International Cup as well! Jordi mostly works with the Little Strikers on a Saturday and as the gaffer’s son he knows what high standards are expected from the coaches! Not only is Jordi one of the most talented WFA coaches, he’s also the bass player with local rockers The Lost 37. He was also crowned Player of the Year 2014 for Wilmslow Town u 18’s. Jordi is studying music management at LIPA in Liverpool.

Callum Garner – Garns

Another of the Gaffer’s sons, Cal is one of our most experienced WFA coaches. He graduated from Leeds Uni in Sports Marketing and Public Relations. Callum is a midfielder for Manchester Gregorian’s. He works with the older players on a Saturday and passes on the benefit of his vast experience as a player and coach. Cal also helps in the PR and Marketing of WFA so blame him for any mistakes you find on this website!

Dave “Billers” Billington

Dave is even older than Erik!  His passion for football drove Dave to take his badges and he now coaches the under 8s on a Saturday, as well as running one of the teams at the JJB.  By day he is a former RAF fighter pilot who now flies commercial airliners and his love of the game and coaching is a welcome distraction for the former squadron leader!  His military background stands him in good stead when he is dealing with our under 8s at training!

Tom “Hunty” Hunt

Tom only works at two WFA after school clubs and the kids and parents alike love his no-nonsense approach to coaching.  Erik says that with his control over the kids and his ability to coach under any circumstances that he could hold a coaching session in a telephone box with 20 players!  Tom plays for Styal FC 1st  Team and his approach to coaching is replicated on the pitch!

Joel Horton

One of our youngest coaches but definitely one of the best up and coming coaches around.  Joel brings his own brand of coaching having been at WFA from age 5. He takes the keeper training session at 9.15 every Saturday morning too. Joel knows what makes a good coach and he loves to work with the year 1’s. You’ll often see him helping out at the WFA Parties too. Joel plays for Wilmslow Town as tough tackling, no nonsense defender. Its no coincidence then that all the year 1’s at WFA can tackle better than Rio Ferdinand in his pomp!




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