Have your say in a National Children’s Football Alliance.
If you are interested in joining the NCFA please contact:
|National Children’s Football Alliance
Suite 21, 70, Churchill Square,
+00 44 (0)1732 758419
+00 44 (0)7813 082584
Ernie Brennan, founder of Childrens Football Alliance, started his career in music extensively touring Europe and USA with major recording artists whilst signed to Music for Nations.
As an award winning film maker and with 11 years experience as Head of Production working for an independent production company Ernie has produced and directed many social inclusion programmes for National and regional governments. Whilst producing social documentaries he became inspired to research the need for a Childrens Football Alliance.
With 20 years experience in the childrens game and 10 as a grass roots head coach he continues to facilitate mixed ability football advocating development through football as well as development of football. An award winning childrens football coach Ernie is the founder of a local girls football club and works closely with the extended childrens football family campaigning for equal rights at regional, National and International level.
James is a partner at Hart Brown solicitors and as part of his practice (his main area of expertise is corporate & commercial law) he also advises a number of clients in the social enterprise sector and through this he has become involved in the NCFA.
As a committee member he hopes to harness his legal and organisational skills for the benefit of the NCFA.
He has written two books, Learning through Play and Chapped Legs and Punctured Balls as well as a chapter in Lynn Kidmans book Athlete Centred Coaching.
He is involved in the Inner City project, Football Football which delivers a games based programme for 5-12 year olds in 24 centres across England and Scotland.
He works in the Inclusion Centre at a secondary school and has written two football based programmes on behaviour management (Raise your Game) and sex education (Ball Matters) for boys.
He is at present coaching an U18s team and two local community based programmes.
International Children’s Football Alliance, NED.
National Stakeholder Manager
Race, Equality and Diversity Officer
Over the last 30 years Don John has been involved in training and consultancy for a variety of agencies and services in the city and across the UK. This has included lectures, training programmes, advice to organisations and one to one consultations as well as fighting race discrimination cases and leading campaigns to respond to issues of race inequality. This work has taken him all over the country including Northern Ireland.
Special Educational Needs Officer
His work involves delivering specific planned strategies and differentiation within the school educational curriculum, including sport, literacy, numeracy, art, design technology, ICT and independent living skills.
As an award winning grass roots football coach David supports students in their education needs, administering physiotherapy, hoisting, feeding and administering medication.
His work for the Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football campaign has earned David National recognition amongst the football fraternity. He formed Invicta Valiants Special Needs-Disability Football Club in 2004, two of his three children have special needs, one is visually impaired and one has learning difficulties, and due to the fact they were not able to join a local football team or school team because of their specific needs he established the award winning club which now provides football for mixed ability children across the South East.
David works with the schools sports educational programme in developing special needs sports activities and competitions for the students to compete in the annual Kent Disability School Games and Panathlon.
When Mal introduced his son to the sport his concerns grew for the many thousands of children and referees who had to witness the appalling behaviour that was happening at childrens football matches. 20 years experience in grass roots football inspired him to form the first independent organisation to challenge poor behaviour at childrens football matches. The voluntary organisation lobbied and campaigned tirelessly to draw the problems to the attention of authorities and consequently gained the support from the FA, PFA, PL, FAI, PGMOL, LFC and EFC.
Mal received the Bobby Moore National Award presented by HRH Prince William, & Stephanie Moore in 2010 in recognition for all his hard work.
DXTL continue to work closely with Premier League Referee’s and provide a valuable resource to all the football community.
Tony is a senior coordinator of the Positive Futures programme mentoring young coaches who are engaging young people in the community. Tonys worked for Arsenal in the Community since January 2004 and continues to help provide opportunities for 8 19 year olds channelling their energies to get involved in sports activities and further fields.
Tonys experience working with children of all ages on their estates facilitating football activities contribute and help reduce anti-social behaviour, promote healthy living and often present children with opportunities to develop interpersonal skills, communication skills, social skills, education and improve their football ability.
He has organised many matches, festivals and tournaments with local kids playing teams all over the country where they have benefitted immensely and have come away with great experiences. Tony continues to coach an under 16s team with the emphasis on fun rather than win at all costs.
International Projects Director and Peace Fields Project Ambassador
Mick started adult life as a professional footballer eventually moving into teacher training giving him the perfect combination of football knowledge with an ability to motivate. He combined teaching with coaching very successfully in the UK, Africa and New Zealand. Working also within the FA structure in the women’s game he lifted the girls centres of excellence in Brighton and Cornwall to a higher level with an ultra-modern approach to the now recognised ‘4 Corners philosophy’. Setting up training camps for elite players in the USA followed and then working in Canada with university soccer and a National Development Centre. The English FA called upon him to do match analysis and scouting when youth teams travelled on tour and he worked to develop an Elite Youth training programme.
Mick now works at La Manga High Performance Centre as a Technical Development Coach, mainly for youth and female teams. He is married and has five, now adult, children. He likes to joke and his serious side reflects in his football. All sessions must be fun and he aims to get the players laughing in the first two minutes. He has always advocated the women’s game achieving equal status. Still ambitious and self-motivated he continues to have high ambition for the future of football.
Colin has over 30 years experience in the Insurance Investigation arena, which he entered following his earlier occupation as a detective in the Police Force.
Throughout his insurance related career, he has initiated many innovations which have lead to well publicised successes in fraud investigations, computerised claims solutions and training videos.
His interest in health related matters and new media communications has been a significant factor in the latest areas of activity. He is a qualified homoeopath and counsellor.
As the Founder of Capricorn Productions he has supported the NCFA from the outset by providing media and admin services.
Colin is also a keen supporter of football with grandchildren who are actively involved in childrens football.
Daisy & Charlie Cooper
The pair live in the Cotswold. Mum Daisy trained at RADA and is an ambassador for the Barn Theatre in Cirencester.
Charlie, a keen footballer, studied Sports Science at Exeter University.
Called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2000, Dave was a member of the legal team, which brought the largest group action claim in the UK on behalf of thousands of South African asbestos miners. Dave has also represented many youngsters excluded from school and he the last lawyer to Milton Hanson (deceased), the outspoken Nurse who confronted and fought against racism in the NHS. Dave has been working in the local London community and he has a strong background in working with pupils with the aim of building confidence, raising achievement and developing leadership.
Dave also runs a project that employs poetry as a vehicle for expression for users and carers within mental health services. This project also assists users to draft parliamentary questions to the executive of the government, which expresses their political concerns. He has been featured in MENTAL HEALTH TODAY for his work in Creative Psychiatric Care. Although his work as a barrister and poetry takes up much of his time Dave also volunteers his time in the community and the Mayor of London has highlighted him for making an outstanding contribution to life in London.
Dave is a UK ambassador for the European Year of Equal Opportunity for All: Face of the Year Campaign and holds an MA in Cultural Leadership. Dave has a Masters of Arts in Cultural Leadership and he is the Author of the book Manuscript Of A Scripture Man, the Filmmaker of the film Ben Okri’s Mental Fight: Harmony of Politics and Heart, and Writer and Recording Artist of the Spoken Word CDs The Lie Centenary… The Truth Will Set You Free, PURE (Passionate Unadulterated Romantic Expressions) and NSNR (New School Nursery Rhymes).