Phil Paysden

Father of Patrick - Development player
I've never seen such clarity and care for young kids development than with the guys at 8BY8 Football

Vikki Parr

Mother of Amity - Wildcats footballer
'Just a quick note to say thanks for this afternoon. Amity has had a fab time - epic was the word she used in the car! She can’t wait for next week and is totally thrilled that there are “actually lady coaches!”

Karen Wilson 

Mother of Jack - U8s Footballer
Our 7 year old son loved the session last Saturday morning at Poynton Sports Club. Excellent coaching on good pitches. Keeping a 7 year old interested and having fun for two hours is tough but 8BY8 did it! We will be back.


Head of Academy Coaching
Manchester United Football Club

Having played football professionally, Adam and Alex have a thorough understanding of all aspects of coaching and training especially as it relates to a players overall fitness, health and well-being. They firmly believe that the coaching process should be challenging, inspirational, exciting, enjoyable and most of all fun which is something that is often neglected in many similar programmes of this nature. They will introduce aspiring players to the various compononts of the game technically, physically, psychologically and socially, taking into account a players age and stage of physical and emotional maturity which is so important with regard to Long Term Player Development (LTPD).  

They are both qualified FA coaches who continue to learn and gain further qualifications in the sphere of football coaching and allied disciplines. I am sure that anyone who comes under their tutelage will benefit enormously from their knowledge, experience and expertise. Therefore, I wholeheartedly recommend the 8by8football programme to you if you want to have improve yourself in all aspects of the game and enhance your physical and psychological well-being at the same time."


Head of Football - 
Wilmslow High School

" Alex has provided Wilmslow High School with his detailed and innovative football coaching sessions for over two years. All pupils that he has worked with have developed a huge amount on an individual level, and as a team as a result of Alex's knowledge and expertise. A top coach that has been a pleasure to work with. "

Mrs Sue Li

TA -
Meadowbank Primary

" Adam Thurston is one of the most passionate and enthusiastic sports coaches I know.  He demonstrates an obvious enjoyment of coaching children, encouraging positive behaviour and helping them reach their maximum potential.  Adam has a great sense of humour and never fails to put a smile on the faces of the kids he works with.  

I would happily recommend 8by8 to anyone who is keen to get their child started playing football.  Whether they are just starting out or need some new pointers, Adam’s experience and motivation will help them improve and achieve their goals!"