About Us

FA Nat. ID 238737, FA Aff. no. W-SUF1996, FA National League ID 17926, Companies House no. 8436833

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Our themes of provision

  • Educating, instilling confidence and developing life skills using football
  • Achieving health and wellbeing through football
  • Affording equal opportunities and full inclusion in football

Sharing Sport England’s benefits mission.

Being active is not just good for you physically, it has the power to do so much more – it can, for example, help prevent or manage medical conditions, reduce anxiety or stress, improve a person’s confidence or self-esteem, or bring people from diverse backgrounds together. At the heart of everything we do and everything we invest in are five outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development.

Services, programmes and events

The Sporting Trust is a not-for-profit social enterprise that delivers and supports various football based services, programmes and events in the local community. The Trust works in synergy with its partner organisation Sporting 87 Football Club to provide a ‘total football community service’. Trust activities are categorised under four modes of provision: Academy, Community, Schools Support and Holiday Clubs. Click on the links below to find out more.

Details of upcoming sessions and events can be found in our online shop.

Directors

Director & CEO Non-executive Director
Jonathan-Warnock
Darren Brown MA ODEd Jonathan Warnock
“Footy is fun game for everyone to play, and a great game for everyone to learn from.” “Hard work gains high standards.”
  • FA licensed Level 3 (YM3) football coach
  • FA futsal coach
  • FA psychology coach
  • FA mentoring coach
  • FA Welfare Officer
  • Suffolk FA WAYS League Vice Chairman
  • Committee Member, Youth Chairman and Youth Football Director of Sporting 87 Football Club
  • Youth team lead coach of Sporting 87 Football Club
  • National FA ‘150’ award recipient
  • National FA Football Futures award winner
  • Education, experience and background: Design, planning and delivery management of defence industry education, communications and marketing media. Primary school teaching support. Masters degree in Education
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001571520622.
  • FA licensed Level 3 (UEFA B) football coach, FA Coaches’ Association member
  • FA Welfare Officer
  • Suffolk FA Council Member – West Suffolk North
  • Suffolk FA Coach Mentor – West Suffolk
  • Committee Member, Secretary and Football Director of Sporting 87 Football Club
  • First team manager of Sporting 87 Football Club
  • Committee member and director of Victory Sports Ground Ltd
  • Member of the Christians in Football (CIF) executive
  • Education, experience and background: Management of Bury Football Academy at West Suffolk College
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001562824827.

Staff

All our staff have rigorous safeguarding and referencing checks to ensure they are able to work with children. Before placing anyone into a childcare position the following checks are performed:

  • Identity
  • Qualification verification
  • Reference checks
  • Barred List
  • Criminal Records (DBS – FA enhanced)
  • Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006
  • Right to work in the UK

Many of our staff have voluntary roles at Sporting 87 Football Club*. The Bury St Edmunds based club is an FA Charter Standard Community Club that also has Sport England Clubmark standards accreditation.

Academy
Consultant Psychologist
Welfare Officer
and Schools Liaison Officer
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James Manning BSc, ClinPsyD, PgDip, C.Psychol, MBPS Nikki Brown
“Think about your thinking to master the game.”
“Show them interest and encouragement and watch them blossom.”
  • FA licensed Level 2 Unit 1 (YM1) football coach
  • Chartered clinical psychologist
  • Director of West Suffolk CBT Services Ltd
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001301104791.
  • FA licensed football coach
  • FA Welfare Officer
  • ST ladies futsal squad member
  • ST walking futsal squad member
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001486441383.
Academy Coach
Academy Coach
       
James Price Cameron Brown
“Your best football comes from a simple decision.”
“I want to teach the joy and value of football.”
  • FA licensed Level 4 (Psychology) & UEFA B football coach
  • UEFA B goalkeeper coach
  • FA Level 2 futsal coach
  • FA futsal goalkeeper coach
  • FA mentoring coach
  • Suffolk FA Coaches Academy graduate
  • Committee member and Marketing Support officer Suffolk FA WAYS League
  • Youth team lead coach of Sporting 87 Football Club
  • Suffolk Sports EDF Energy Young Community Volunteer of the Year award winner
  • Education, experience and background: Media Production, Level 3 National Diploma. ADHD Awareness, Level 2 TES Educare Certificate. Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People, Level 2 TES Educare Certificate. Body Language Diploma (Dist.), CPD accreditation.
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001523509054.
  • FA licensed Level 3 (YM3) football coach
  • FA futsal coach
  • Suffolk FA Wildcats (Girls) Lead Coach
  • Founding committee member Suffolk FA WAYS League
  • Youth team lead coach of Sporting 87 Football Club
  • National FA Football Futures National Coach of the Year award winner
  • Education, experience and background: Primary School Teacher. Homerton College PGCE. Music BA (Hons). Currently studying Education Masters at Cambridge University
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001532575303.
Academy Coach
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Jordan Stannard
“Standards raised come from practice made.”

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Foundation (Cubs) Lead Coach
Foundation (Tigers) Lead Coach
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Katie Hopkins Cerys Brown
“Appropriateness is fundamental.” “Tiny steps lead to great strides.”
  • FA licensed Level 2 Unit 2 (YM2) football coach
  • FA futsal coach
  • FA mentoring coach
  • Youth team lead coach of Sporting 87 Football Club
  • West Suffolk College Outstanding Early Years Student of the Year 2017
  • ST ladies futsal squad member
  • Education, experience and background: Children’s Play Learning & Development, Level 3 National Diploma. Education undergraduate at University of East Anglia
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001533283550.
  • FA licensed Level 2 Unit 2 (YM2) football coach
  • FA futsal coach
  • FA mentoring coach
  • Youth team lead coach of Sporting 87 Football Club
  • ST ladies futsal squad member
  • Education, experience and background: Art & Design (Graphics), Level 3 National Diploma
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001533265008.
Walking Football Ambassador
Lead Coach and Session Lead
Lead Coach
& Football Pastor
     
Rachel Bolton  Ben Goddard
“Not only is walking football great exercise, it is a fantastic social experience too, and has such a positive effect on everyone’s mental health.” “Sporting provides opportunity to build confidence, friendship, ability and relationship with God.”
  • FA qualified football coach
  • ST ladies futsal squad member
  • ST walking futsal squad member
  • Education, experience and background: Financial accountant (AAT) for local car dealership, NVQ L4.
  • CRB/DBS cert no. E0604013196.
  • FA licensed football coach
  • Football Pastor
  • Involved with the club for over ten years through playing and coaching
  • Education, experience and background: Studying theology and youth work at Moorlands Bible College
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001595635781.
Lead Coach
Lead Coach
   
Suzannah Spurgeon Laura Bumstead
“1 Corinthians 12:26: If one member suffers, all members suffer, if one member is honoured we all rejoice.” “Never assume loud is strong and quiet is weak.”
  • Football coach
  • ST ladies futsal squad member
  • Education, experience and background: Teaching assistant and librarian in a primary school. Mentor and respite foster carer. Qualified youth worker. Church youth groups leader. Stowmarket Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Saturday Club youth leader. British Sign Language (BSL) qualified.
  • CRB/DBS cert no. E0676734169.
  • Football coach
  • ST ladies futsal squad member
  • ST walking futsal squad member
  • Education, experience and background: Access to Higher Education Diploma, Medicine (Dist.). A Levels: Religious Studies, Government & Politics, Mathematics. Peer Tutor at Recovery College, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.  Emotional Support Worker, Suffolk Mind. Experience in educating wider organsiations and professionals in Complex Trauma and Child Development.
  • CRB/DBS cert no. E0676734143.
Lead Coach
Lead Coach
Lucy-Miles  
Lucy Miles  Sam Buttress
“Teach the game to know the game.” “Be determined and keep your faith.”
  • FA licensed Level 2 (Technical) football coach
  • Head of Girls Section and youth team lead coach of Sporting 87 Football Club
  • Suffolk FA WAYS Girls League Manager
  • Suffolk FA Coaches Academy member
  • Education, experience and background: Primary school senior teaching assistant
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001601657870.
  • Sporting ET football coaching scholar
  • Education, experience and background: A levels in Biology, Music and Physical Education; YWAM University of the Nations, Theology and Outreach certificate, Oxbridge TFL certified English teacher, charity field worker in Guatemala and Honduras
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001637828570.
Lead Coach Lead Coach
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Will Frost Jack Warnock
“Control and manage the passion – discipline is key.”
“Keep your game top notch by keeping yourself top notch.”

  • FA licensed Level 2 Unit 2 (YM2) football coach
  • Suffolk FA Coaches Academy graduate
  • FA futsal coach
  • FA mentoring coach
  • Youth team lead coach of Sporting 87 Football Club
  • Education, experience and background: Sports Coaching & Development, Level 3 National Diploma
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001508898089.
  • FA licensed Level 2 (Technical & YM1) football coach
  • Youth team lead coach of Sporting 87 Football Club
  • Education, experience and background: Sports Science BSc. Ipswich Town FC futsal apprenticeship
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001562824827.
Lead Coach Lead Coach
nathan-banks Rob Wiseman
Nathan Banks Rob Wiseman
“My aim is to help players enjoy football so much they can’t wait for their next opportunity to play.”
“Being greedy for the win is necessary; being greedy with the ball makes you unnecessary.”
  • FA licensed Level 2 Unit 2 (YM2) football coach
  • Suffolk FA Coaches Academy graduate
  • FA mentoring coach
  • Youth team lead coach of Sporting 87 Football Club.
  • Education, experience and background: Physical Education, Psychology and Applied Science A-level studies
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001562785815.
  • FA licensed Level 3 (YM3) football coach
  • FA futsal coach
  • FA mentoring coach
  • Suffolk FA Council Member – Leagues
  • National FA ‘150’ award recipient
  • National FA Football Futures award winner
  • Education, experience and background: Sports Management undergraduate, Sheffield University.
  • CRB/DBS cert no. 001526188964.

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