It’s good to be encouraged!
Please enjoy reading our testimonials from parents, coaches and teachers just like you. We are proud of what we offer children in local football clubs, communities and schools and we are genuinely honoured by the comments and encouragement SoulBall has received.
Fantastic!! That is the word I would use to describe Christopher and SoulBall. We have used Christopher this season with our Under 8’s group, to introduce futsal, help develop technical skill and offer a different perspective. The children absolutely love the sessions. They are fun, focused and challenging. Christopher has a wonderful demeanour about him which comes over in the way he coaches, and I certainly have learned a lot through observation of the sessions he delivers. I would thoroughly recommend Christoper and SoulBall to anyone.
– Andrew Murray, Under 8 Coach, Caversham Trents FC, Berkshire
Christopher’s knowledge of futsal & football combined with his enthusiastic approach to coaching and relational manner ensures an environment where players always learn something from his sessions. I have no hesitation recommending him for any futsal or football position.
– Derek O’Neill, Republic of Ireland National Futsal Team Manager
The children at St John’s loved coming to the futsal club run by Christopher – they had great fun developing their ball skills including close control and passing. Christopher is an extremely positive coach and led the sessions brilliantly with a calm enthusiasm.
– Dan Bickford, Deputy Head, St John’s CoE Primary School, Reading
Christopher was very friendly, enthusiastic and organised which made the process of setting up a club in a school very easy. His presentation of futsal was engaging and he clearly has a passion for the sport. Christopher’s coaching itself was innovative, challenging and exciting and the pupils at our school were very engaged. They picked up lots of new skills and the game itself is an excellent way of improving touch, control, tricks and movement.
– Ed Barnett, Head of PE, Our Lady School, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Christopher brought Futsal to our group of 4 year olds who enjoyed a fantastic, fun session. All the children were engaged, enthusiastic and focused. Christopher prepared his sessions perfectly for this young age group. So many areas of the EYFS framework were developed, including communication & language, listening skills, PSED and of course physical development, whilst the main focus was fun and enjoyment. Perfect for a ‘school readiness’ activity too! I would have no hesitation in welcoming Christopher to our setting again and would definitely recommend him and SoulBall to others!
– Lisa Sweeney, Early Years Lead Practitioner, Woodley Baptist Church Preschool
My son has been playing with Chris since he was a toddler. His incredible skills, combined with his gentle manner, patience and enthusiasm, make him a truly inspirational coach!
– Ruth Kanashiro, parent
Our kids loved futsal with Christopher. He was professional, reliable and inspired the kids with his games and activities. His philosophy of the game promoting the values of respect, tolerance, sportsmanship and skill was a breath of fresh air. We have asked him back for more!
– Jenny Mussett, PE Co-ordinator, Alfred Sutton Primary School, Reading
SoulBall allowed our pupils to see football from a different perspective. It improved their touch, control and ball familiarisation along with lots of fun and enjoyment. Christopher’s delivery and knowledge of futsal is next to none and he shows an incredible understanding and passion for the game. His friendly and approachable manner creates an outstanding environment for pupils to learn and interact alongside fun and enjoyment. I would highly recommend Christopher and the programme to all.
– Brendan Agnew, John Madejski Academy, Reading
We are a heavily used and well regarded local sports and recreation venue. We consider any new activities very carefully as the poor ones reflect on us as much as the group leader. Christopher has been nothing short of excellent from day one bringing energy, quality and professionalism to his activity resulting in many very satisified children and parents.
– Stewart Johnston, Manager, Warehouse Community Centre, Reading
SoulBall is very well organised. Christopher has an excellent calming persona which is carried through into the coaching of the Futsal Club. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning another form of traditional football and we would be very happy to run the club again.
– Newtown Primary School, Reading
Chris is the best coach I have ever had. He helps you with all the problems you have – in football, and in life! He encouraged me to believe in myself.
– Ryo, a SoulBall player
SoulBall provided our Leisure Centre with quality futsal coaching. Christopher is organised, knowledgeable and great with the kids! All sessions are planned appropriately with skill practice, fitness and games! Highly recommended!
– Reading Sport & Leisure, Reading Borough Council
Christopher has been a part of delivering well planned and carefully thought out sessions each week with great energy and enthusiasm. As evidence of the impact of these training sessions, the boys involved have enjoyed an unbeaten season this year in which they have abandoned the ‘long ball’ for a far more aesthetic ‘pass and move’ version of the game!
– Mike Weeks, Head of Sport, St Paul’s Colet Court, London
Christopher has an excellent knowledge of the sport and uses this during the sessions for both practical and fun examples and exercises. The sessions are always fun with the kids learning through play. Christopher does an excellent job and I have no hesitation in recommending him.
– Fernando Silva, Head Coach of Royals Futsal Club, Berkshire
Christopher is friendly and very organised. He is very good with the children and delivers engaging and fun filled sessions. He is very professional and knowledgeable about the sport and his passion for the game shows in the delivery of the sessions.
– Redlands Primary School, Reading
My son attended a course with SoulBall and loved every minute. I coach his football team so get to see his play and development from many aspects. There was a marked improvement in his touch, control and general confidence on the ball. So much so that I have decided to get the guys from SoulBall to come and do a session with my whole team. As grassroots coaches, we are encouraged to promote and explore futsal, and after this course I can certainly see why.
– Mike Hinks, parent