About us

What is 8BY8? We’re a school of football development, a professional support system to junior and youth footballers of all levels with detailed consideration of the individual and educating those individuals within the team environment. We’re coaches who have experienced the many benefits the game has to offer, as players and mentors, and now on a mission to help others do the same, ensuring enjoyment levels are at their optimum and enthusiasm at its’ peak. We care strongly about football coaching and mentoring standards, and promise to keep the core sporting values of friendship, competition and community at the forefront of everything we do.

We’re proud to offer a development pathway where players can start with us and choose to stay with us, providing realistic opportunities to succeed at elite levels through education and challenge.

Our company aim is to be like LIONEL MESSI, small but exceptional. Growth for us is being better, not bigger.

'The good times on route to the big time'


The team

Alex Brown

Owner / Head of coaching - Uefa B / Child Safeguarding / Advanced First Aid / DBS Checked
Playing: 13 years at Crew Alexandra FC, 10 years Semi Pro - Clubs Inc. Chester FC, Hyde FC, Curzon Ashton,
Coaching: Oldham Athletic U14s/U15s Academy Coach, 10 years in junior football.

Ryan Brooke

Lead Coach & Operations manager - FA Level 2 / DBS checked.
Playing: 3 year Professional Footballer at Oldham Athletic, 5 years semi pro - currently at Curzon Ashton
Coaching: 2 years at 8BY8

Adam Thurston

Head coach - Level 2 / First Aid Trained / DBS checked.
Playing: 7 years Manchester United, 3 years Preston North End, 3 years Semi Pro, 3 years Australia.
Coaching: 3 years Junior coach. 2 years head of coaching Oz.


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