About us

What is 8BY8? Firstly, we’re a company that cares strongly about coaching and mentoring standards. A company that promises to keep the core sporting values of friendship, competition and community at the forefront of everything we do.

Our main aim is to create the best development pathway possible, one 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. We care about our players, our customers and our coaches. The football pathway is for juniors, footballs’ many benefits are for everyone.

'The good times on route to the big time'
This is our playing field, welcome to 8BY8.



The team

Alex Brown - 34

Owner & Head Coach - 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 - 28

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

Jack Johnson - 22

Lead Academy Coach - Uefa B / First Aid Trained / Level 2 Youth Award / DBS checked.
Playing: 3 years non-league - Witton Albion & Holmes Chapel
Coaching: Crewe Alexandra Ladies, Oldham Athletic U13s, 5 year junior coaching.


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