Our Coaches in London

Pedro Silva

Pedro Silva

Coach

Qualifications: Masters in PE, Graduation in Sports Science, Football 1st level

Reason for working with kids: Always had the passion to teach and to learn with others, since very young my dream was to coach football and become a PE teacher.

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Being a coach for more than 10yrs gives me even more desire to continue this role and make part of the kids development teaching them basic human values through sports. Sports are extremely important for children’s development at all levels and is a pleasure and a challenge to be part of this journey. Being a father made me understand even more how important it is and how we are remarkable role models for them.

Favourite sports: Football, Athletics and Tennis.

Favourite athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo for all the work ethic he has and the effort he makes to make the best in every aspect of his work.

Adriana Quintela

Adriana Quintela

Coach

Qualifications:  Graduated in Sport Sciences and Post Graduated in Physical Activity for Elder People.

Reasons for working with kids:  During my time at University I worked as a Handball Assistant Coach.

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This experience took me to work closely with girls between 7 and 14 years old and gave me the opportunity of working with an athlete with special needs.

I love sports! And apart of Handball, I also used to swim. Therefore, in 2014, I have decided to become a lifeguard. This was where I found out that working with children was my passion! I spent great moments teaching them about the beach and the sea and how safe and dangerous it can be to play next to it.

My favourite athlete is Cristiano Ronaldo, not only because he is one of the most successful Portuguese athletes I had the opportunity to see, but also due to his work ethic, leadership qualities and capacity to overcome obstacles!

Marlene Laundos

Marlene Laundos

Coach

Qualifications: Graduation in Sports Science; UEFA B Futsal; Level 1 Football.

Reasons for working with kids:   Because i love to see their smiles when they achieve a target or a goal as individuals but specially as part as a team.

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Sports brings the best of them emotionally, mentally, socially and physically and i’m proud to be part of that positive process.

Favourite sports: Football, Futsal, Basketball, Gymnastics.

Favourite athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo because year after year he proves to the world that with hard work, commitment, talent and passion nothing can stop you from following an achieving your dreams and goals.

Fernando Vicente

Fernando Vicente

Coach

Qualifications: Masters in PE, football coach level 2, Lifeguard

Reasons for working with kids: I like working with kids because they are very enthusiast. I love to see their improvement and I like to think that somehow I help building a better future.

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Favourite sports: Football, F1, Curling, Volleyball

Favourite athlete: Federer, for his dedication, profissionalism and hard work he is a great example of how to be an athlete

Nânci Sousa

Nânci Sousa

Coach

Qualifications: Post Graduation in High Performance Training, Graduation in Sports Coaching, Athletics Coach Level 2, Disability Sports Coach level 1, Paediatric First Aid

Reasons for working with kids:   Knowing that my job is to help kids achieve their potential and help them feel happier and better persons, brings me a big satisfaction and even more pleasure in doing my job.

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The fact I started practicing sports very young helped a lot in my decision to become a Teacher and a Coach. I’ve been Athletics Coach for over 10 years and I also learn from the children I’m working with, this because we don’t only focus on the difficulties the kids are having, but also on the kids strengths and taking in consideration different ages, personalities and also what they like to do or not, making this profission a big challenge every day.

Favourite sports: Athletics, Voleyball and Tennis

Favourite athlete: Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian Pole Vaulter, for being an example of athlete in my sporting life and she has a fantastic technique (hard worker, brave and mentally strong).

Alexandros Efthymiou

Alexandros Efthymiou

Coach

Qualifications: MSc in Sports Management, Level 2 in football coaching, Level 1 in futsal, Level 1 in Talent Identification, First Aid, Safeguarding

Reasons for working with kids: The reason I love working with Sporkids Connection is that I enjoy seeing them running around the playground with a big smile.

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We have to play a role in their simple, joyful lives, and that’s beautiful. Also I like promoting the healthy eating and physical activities to kids

Favourite sports: Football, Basketball, athletics

Favourite athlete: Usain Bolt. Born and raised in Jamaica he managed to break both 100 metres and 200 metres world records by winning athletes from USA who had 10 times more budget than him. That’s what you can accomplish with Hard work and Dedication.

Nuno Miranda

Nuno Miranda

Coach

Qualifications: Graduation in High Performance Training (football).

Reasons for working with kids: Being named “Coach Noodles” by some of the kids it’s basically the main reason I love to work with them, you just can’t get enough.

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Their smiles and the fact that you know you’re the one causing the smile it’s just really rewarding,also watching them grow and progress. Since I finish sports Uni, I’ve mainly worked with kids, and Sporkids Connection was another great opportunity to keep it going!

Favourite sports: Football, Tennis and Basketball.

Favourite athlete: Dennis Bergkamp and Luís Figo, both for the same reason, really smart players, with loads of talent and technique and really classy as well. Also a huge amount of fair play, inside and outside the pitch.

Frederico Reis Carreira

Frederico Reis Carreira

Coach

Qualifications: Fa Level 2 football coaching, First emergency aid, children safeguarding

Reasons for working with kids: All my life I have been very passionate about sport.

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When I had the opportunity to begin my football coaching career, I embraced it with excitement and focus, not only because it is my favourite sport, but also as it fulfilled a lifelong goal. Whilst looking to enrich my career, I undertook a volunteering aimed at promoting sports education in under-privileged communities in Rio de Janeiro´s “favelas”. I realised then how rewarding and fulfilling it is to have a positive impact in the lives of young people by sharing my knowledge and passion about football. This desire and experience in teaching football to young people culminated with my role with Sporkids connection, where I constantly endeavour to apply these skills in order to potentiate to the maximum all the developmental benefits that sports bring to both children and adults.

Favourite sports: Football, Handball, Basketball, Tennis

Favourite athlete: Luigi Buffon, Rui Costa, Cristiano Ronaldo, Russel Westbrook, Roger Federer. I have chosen these players because all of them have built their careers with humility, dedication, hard work and loyalty.

Shane Murphy

Shane Murphy

Coach

Qualifications: FA level 2 Football, LTA level 1 Tennis, safeguarding children.

Reasons for working with kids: The reason I enjoy working with children is the fact I get to see them grow and develop whilst enjoying a subject I feel passionately about, sport.

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Through sport, children get a chance to really develop their motor skills, which are the fundamentals needed before moving onto primary school. Additionally, through SporKids, children get to learn things such as politeness and manners that can help them develop their life skills and grow as young people.

To be a part of that gives me a huge sense of achievement, and it’s great the I can see this development getting better everyday with each session.

Sports I enjoy: Football, Tennis, Athletics

Arianna Romairone

Arianna Romairone

Coach

Qualifications: 
Degree in Social Work ( Special needs project)
Coach Level 2
PGCE in further education ( Early Years placement practice)

Reasons for working with kids: I’m a qualified nursery teacher and looking forward to finish my post-graduated course in further education.

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I always been working with children and/or in educational settings and I’m really enjoying my role by supporting them development in each areas of learning.

Favourite sports: Volleyball and Cycling but recently I discovered a great bond with Yoga too. My favourite Yoga teacher is Juliana Diaz Baldocchi from Columbia, which I had the pleasure to observe and work with and I wish one day to be a great yoga teacher for kids like her.

Ayaz Mahmood

Ayaz Mahmood

Coach

Qualifications: About to graduate in Physical and Sport Education BA (Hons), Level 1 in coaching Futsal, Introduction to Safeguarding children (Level 1).

Reasons for working with kids:   Promoting well-being and healthy lifestyles and sharing effective knowledge and experience within Physical Education are the main reasons of mine for working with kids and being an educator.

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I have just started my journey towards becoming a passionate, committed and creative PE practitioner. I strongly believe that, as teachers / coaches, it is essential to adopt a holistic approach to child development which emphasises the importance of the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of children. Addressing these aspects when teaching Physical Education, I want to enhance my pedagogy, through a theoretical and applied approach and be able to deliver high-quality PE sessions in educational settings.

Favourite sports: Football, Table tennis, Volleyball and Futsal.

Favourite athlete: Lionel Messi. His ability to be creative and to anticipate as well as his mindset and mental skills are truly commendable.