Sports Academy UK Director - Grant Felix

Sports Academy UK is a great way to get involved in lots of different sport disciplines. Learning is fun, lively and exciting and there can be no better way to be introduced to the world of sport. With 18 exciting sports to learn every year, thats 6 sports a term over the 3 term school year. The coaching program allows students to progress at their own pace. Over the years as a coach and School Principal I have seen many children grow and develop through self confidence, communication, respect (for themselves and each other) and team work. Sport can be a lifestyle for some, and a way of keeping fit for others. At Sports Academy UK, we teach children aged 4 - 16 years in individual sports, team sports and a team building challenge. We provide all the equipment, so you dont have to. Our coaches are QUALIFIED, many with years of experience working with children in schools across the network.

On a personal note: I attained my black belt in Seido Karate in October 1993 in Manhatten, New York under the watchful eye of Grand Master Tadashi Nakamura* (having previously studied Judo, Boxing, Kung Fu and Gymnastics). A 2 week examination which included Kata's, Seido Technical Syllabus, a small matter of being 'blind folded' for 2 hours training at the New York school for Blind, and finally ending with a 6am start for the finale of 40 fights against the Honbu black belts. My karate training has taken me travelling around the world including going to South Africa where I was invited to take part in a televised national tournament. Fortune favoured me that day and I took 2nd place in both the Kata (form) and Kumite (fighting). I have also trained with Karate Branch Chiefs in New Zealand, Australia, USA and the UK. Today, I am still in love with all sports and have an added passion for dance. All great ways to keep fit and healthy.

*Grand Master Tadashi Nakamura is the founder of Seido Karate, breaking away from Mas Oyama and Kyokushinkai in 1976.

Sports Academy Coach and Professional Athlete - Daniel Lewis

We welcome Daniel to our team of coaches at Sports Academy UK. Daniel has a wealth of experience both in coaching and as a Professional Athlete. Having competed at National and International level with Team GB Daniel represented Team Jamaica in the Triple Jump at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Photo (top) Daniel Lewis of Jamaica competes in the Mens Triple Jump at Hampden Park, in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Mill Hill & Crouch End Assistant Principal - Miguel Williams

Miguel has a wealth of experience and has been part of the team at Mill Hill for over 11 years. He is also one of the founder coaches at Crouch End when we opened in September 2013.Miguel is a highly observant and motivational coach. Students respond well to his approach to teaching which stimulates more effort and a desire to improve. Miguel is a firm favourite with the kids. During the week Miguel coaches PE at Secondary education level.

He gives recognition in fine detail and believes “The most important quality you need to coach is enthusiasm. People respond brilliantly to an eager, hard working leader.”


Surbiton Principal - Darren Huggins

Welcome to Darren who joined our Richmond team of coaches in January 2016. Darren is qualified level 2 in Basketball & Football. He is a talented all round sports performer himself, with experience in playing a number of different sports from an early age. Darren has now taking on his first Principal role at Surbiton. We wish Darren our best wishes as he grows and develops another successful Academy.

Darren says “I enjoy motivating the students and seeing them progress. Sports Academy is unique in that a student can join the club at the age of 4 and train right through to 16 years. Not many clubs can offer that”.


Richmond Assistant Principal & Coach - Laura Timmins

Since joining Sports Academy in March 2015, Laura has applied her level 1 coaching qualifications in Badminton, Basketball, Football, Tennis and level 2 Handball. Upon graduating from Physical and Sport Education at St Mary’s University, Laura is now teaching at the University educating training teachers and sports coaches; whilst furthering her studies with a Masters in Education: Pedagogy and Leadership. 

Laura says "As well as coaching at Sports Academy schools in Mill Hill, Crouch End and Richmond I have gained further experience at both Primary and Secondary schools teaching Physical Education, gaining a better understanding of the development of young people- including social, intellectual and physical challenges". 

Laura is currently involved with a programme at Fulham FC Academy where she is introducing the benefits of multi-sports in a performance football setting. Laura has also worked at a summer camp in America for 2 summers as a Tennis Supervisor, as well as a resident counsellor looking after children there.


Mill Hill & Crouch End Coach - Christian Panayiotou

Christian has been an integral part of the team for over 10 years, having also coached at Muswell Hill.
Christian was also one of the founder coaches at Crouch End when we opened in September 2013. His classes are fun, and he has a great rapport with the children.

Christian says, "I have a huge passion for sport. I have played football at a professional level with Barnet FC, and now I'm coaching multi-sports in many schools in the North London area. Sports Academy UK gives all children of all abilities the opportunity to build important life skills both socially and physically. Working for Sports Academy UK is one of my highlights of the week, where I get to meet all my friends".


Mill Hill & Crouch End Little Sporties Coach - Ivan Alcahud Martinez

We welcome Ivan to our coaching staff. Ivan currently coaches our Little Sporties classes in Mill Hill and Crouch End.

Ivan is a multi talented coach whose previous experience qualifies him to coach Athletics, Gym, Swimming, Football, Basketball, Badminton, Tennis, Volleyball, Handball and Dance. Ivan originally trained in Spain, and has been working in the UK for 3 years. 


Mill Hill, Crouch End & Richmond Coach - Neo Kashioulis

Neo is an important member of our Little Sporties coaching staff. His classes are fun, active and the children engage in his unique approach. He is currently finishing his 3rd year at Saint Mary’s University, studying Physical and Sport Education. Neo is a qualified coach in Tennis and Handball, with over 5 years of experience in coaching Tennis.

Neo says: "I look to motivate and encourage young athletes to reach their full potential, whilst placing them in a fun and physically active environment. I look forward to class every weekend, and enjoy meeting all of the students"


Richmond Coach - Lucy Thornton

Welcome to Lucy, who joined our coaching staff in 2016. Lucy has been involved in coaching both Main School and Little Sporties in our Autumn term. I'm pleased to announce Lucy now as our Little Sporties coach.

Lucy says "I am in my final year of university studying Sports Rehabilitation. I am qualified in Badminton, Football and Gaelic Football. I have been involved in coaching for the past 5 years and have coached multisports at St Mary’s University to wide age range of children. My favourite sport is football. I hope all children have as much fun when playing sport as I do".


Richmond Coach - Rebecca Jeppeson

Becks finished studying a BA in Physical and Sport Education in 2013 at St Mary’s University. She is about to graduate with a Masters in Pedagogy and Professional Practice in Physical Education. This has enlightened her to the vast amount of opportunities and experiences sport can offer children of any age. She is currently studying for QTS and PGCE through a training provider called Teach South East.

Becks says, “As well as coaching, I have worked in numerous primary and secondary schools and have a vast experience working with these age groups. My passion outside of teaching and coaching is Gaelic Football, Badminton and going to the gym".


Surbiton Coach - Jess Boyd

We welcome Jess to our team of coaches at Surbiton. Jess comes with a wealth of experience, having been a Lecturer and Head of Level Six at St Marys University. Jess has also worked at Fulham Football Club, coaching 10-14 year olds, as well as delivering Rugby for a local company to children aged 4-11 years. Jess has a Masters in Pedagogical Leadership, Innovation and Change in Physical Education., as well as achieving First Class Honours BA (ITE) Seconday Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status.

Richmond Assistant Coach - Joey Dale Enderby

Joey was our first student to achieve an 11 year award back in July 2015. Since then, I am very pleased that we have secured his services and his knowledge gained over those years and he now helps our Main School Squad 2 students, assisting the coaches in their sessions. Joey is a firm favourite with the younger students and his fellow peers, and is a vaulable member of our team.

Richmond Assistant Coach - Luke Dale Enderby

Luke recently became only our second ever student to achieve his 11 year award with us. I am pleased that Luke has accepted the offer to stay with Sports Academy, and has accepted the postiion as an Assistant to the coaches, helping out our Main School Squad 1 students. Luke has gained so much value experience through his years being coached and is a firm favourite with our students. His selfless nature and support of the younger students througout his last year with us, made it an easy decision for me to convince Luke to join our staff.

Mill Hill Duke of Edinburgh Award - Josh Bond

Welcome to Josh Bond, one of our students for nearly 7 years. Josh is taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and is volunteering once a week for 3 months in our Little Sporties Class. Josh is under the able guidance of our Little Sporties Coach - Neo.


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Our Contact Details

Sports Academy UK, 10 Manor Gardens, High Wycombe, Bucks HP13 5HD

Tel: 0800 0 248 842