Head Coaches

MEET OUR HEAD COACHES

IAN WOOTTON

IAN WOOTTON

HEAD F.A. LICENSED COACH

I started my coaching qualifications in 2006 and started teaching football with Chelsea F.C. Community, delivering sessions for 5 to 11-year-olds in football and multi-sports at local schools, development centres and holiday courses. 

I was approached by a Nursery Manager who wanted to add structured football and sports sessions to their activities for the 2 to 5-year-olds, so I developed and planned a course of multi-sport and agility sessions specific to the age. The children loved the games, showing outstanding progress and results in an incredibly small amount of time.This led to a stream of other nurseries requesting the same and Prostars Football School was born. Within a couple of years, we were delivering sessions in numerous schools, nurseries, children's centres, youth clubs and for local families, building up a team of Professional Licensed Coaches, all extremely talented, qualified and dedicated, and making Prostars an established and well-respected part of the community.

I have continued my coaching badges and have completed various courses and workshops, not only on technical and physical, but also on the physiological and social aspects of young children. These courses are with the F.A. and other recognised sports organisations. 

I am F.A.-licensed and qualified in Youth modules 1 and 2, Futsal level 1, Coaching Blind and Disabled Footballers, Goalkeeping level 1, Scope How the Brain Develops, dealing with language barriers through sports. Every year I attend F.A. workshops and complete online studies to gain my CPD (Continual Professional Development) points to retain my Licence. I am also researching and working alongside teachers and staff at schools, nurseries, preschools and local authorities. I have built Prostars to achieve and retain our F.A. Charter Standard Early Development and F.A. Soccer School accreditations. 

Professional Achievements
• Founded and running Prostars Football School 2007 – present
• Over 10,000 coaching hours for Prostars Football School 
• 3 months of coaching orphaned children from the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka in 2009 
• Prostars achieving F.A.-Chartered Standard Status
• Prostars obtaining F.A.-Accredited Soccer School Status

Having a disability, I have a strong want for inclusion and acceptance of people from all backgrounds. I have faced discrimination for my disability and see it on a regular basis in society. I feel I have to hide my disability to be accepted and at Prostars I don’t want people to feel like that! I have built an organisation which can offer the highest levels of teaching, coaching and service and still consider every person at every level and still make it affordable to families, local authorities, schools, nurseries and our local community.  
CURTIS CHASTON

CURTIS CHASTON 

SENIOR F.A. LICENSED COACH - CLUB WELFARE OFFICER

I have spent my whole career in the sports industry and, as a child, I played and was interested in all physical activities and sports. I joined Prostars in 2010 after completing my National Diploma and Level 2 Award in Higher Sports Leadership, and I am currently a fully qualified F.A.-licensed level 2 Coach. I have a wealth of knowledge in a range of sports and hold qualifications in Football, Basketball, Futsal, along with vast expertise and experience in delivering Cricket, Tennis, Hockey and many other KS1 and KS2 Curriculum Sports and Disability Sports for many years.

I am passionate about youth development and have over 10 years’ experience working on development. I am one of our Club Welfare Officers and also a specialist early development coach with 2 – 5-year-olds (Nursery) and 6 – 11-year-olds (Primary). I have also worked in senior football both as a player and coach, and I also deliver Fitness team and one-to-one coaching.

I attend F.A. Coaching workshops and online education programmes throughout the year, both inside the F.A. and other recognised sporting bodies to retain my licence. I hold current F.A., Enhanced DBS, Safeguarding Children and Emergency Aid certifications. I am currently working towards my F.A. youth module level 3 and the UEFA B licence, as well as other multisport workshops and qualifications.

I love being able to help improve young people in sports. Seeing their confidence and ability grow as they learn gives me great personal satisfaction. I am keen to push myself as a coach and always look at ways to improve and add more knowledge and experience, so I can help our next generation of top sports men and women. 

NORBERT FARKAS

NORBERT FARKAS 

SENIOR F.A. LICENSED COACH

I was born in Hungary in 1977 and Football has been a huge part of my life ever since I started playing football at the age of six. I have been fortunate to play at professional teams and levels in various countries (Hungary, Cyprus and Iceland) for more than 15 years, which allowed me to play under highly experienced elite managers and obtain valuable coaching knowledge and learn from my experiences. I try to give something back to the game that has served me well for over thirty years and to develop the potential of young players. 

I started my coaching career 10 years ago and obtained several certificates in Coaching Football including UEFA - A License, F.A. Youth Award Module 1, 2, 3. I have several years of international experience (Iceland, UK, USA) as a Youth Football Coach, Age Group Coordinator and Technical Coordinator. 

Having worked in different sports clubs and countries whilst coaching both boys and girls' teams at professional level, County and District teams, clinics and summer camp teams, each level has helped me gain experience and knowledge in working with children and young people of all ages. I also worked as a Swimming Instructor where I taught both children and adults, and have carried out classes for local schools, both mixed and differing abilities.

My Coaching Philosophy
My belief is that the game of football is a teaching tool and an opportunity. It is a tool to teach young players the value of loyalty, honour, pride, hard work, competition, teamwork, performing under pressure, and character. This game allows young players to learn these qualities through experience. It is an opportunity for them not only to learn the value of these qualities, but also to build them into their lives. It gives young players the chance to form bonds and relationships that last a lifetime and which only come by being a part of a team.
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