Our coaches are all carefully selected for their unique abilities to coach, mentor, and build personal bonds with the players. In addition to extensive playing and coaching experience, at Quest Football Academy, every coach cares about developing the person and not just the player. We strive to make a personal connection with each child and celebrate their success and achievements together.
Coach Ben A is a master of many sports including European handball, rock climbing, surfing, and mountain biking. Known on the field as Ajax, Ben’s love of coaching is to know children are getting so much more than they think, “I want to see kids enjoy and build a passion for the game, while acquiring technical skills.” says Ben.
Coach Callum is…. fast. Agile on his feet, he’s also got patience in spades, and that’s what makes him such a great energetic coach for Quest kids. Having competed at national level as a kid, Coach Callum knows what it take to be a top athlete, and it might not be what you think. His advice to young players “dream big, work hard, and stay humble.”
Coach Chris has been playing soccer for over 30 years. His first nickname was the “racehorse” for his blistering speed on the counter attack. He has gone on to play 15 years of indoor soccer, winning 6 premierships! For the past 8 years Chris has turned his passion to coaching and has been coaching youth in this time.
A qualified chef and coffee connoisseur, Coach Franck can teach you a thing or two about serving up a football. With a passion for Paris Saint-Germaine, Coach Franck says it’s watching kids master new skills and learning to play their part on the team that’s so rewarding.
It’s all all about participating and doing your best, reflects Coach Gabe on his days as a player and coach, where emotional well being contributes to the physical. “I like to see the quiet kids who may not put themselves forward as much, just build so much self-confidence when they achieve new milestones every week. The change in them is extraordinary” say Gabe. Coaching is the most rewarding job in the world for Gabe who lives and breathes football.
It’s pretty common to find Coach Griffin on a football pitch, having been playing since he was a little kid. His fondest memories are of impersonating Messi in the backyard. “It’s not even winning, but that feeling of doing something great for your team and working together to achieve a goal” says Griffin.
Known for his skills on the rugby league paddock, Coach Jacko brings an energy and enthusiasm to his football coaching that brings out the best in the kids he coaches, “Seeing the spirit kids have on the field, and their love of learning new things makes me want to be the best coach I can be” says Jacko.
Coach Josh has a sporting pedigree that precedes him, having been selected for the Queensland all-schools Futsal team at age 15 and competing in swimming & cross country at a national level. Officially recognised as a coach by Football Australia, and a die-hard Manchester City fan, Josh wants to inspire kids to develop that passion and understanding of how great the game of football truly is.
Toowoomba born and bred, Nathan knows a thing or two about chasing a ball around a paddock. Despite its reputation for league, it’s football that’s in this country boy’s heart. “The thing about football is, you can grab a ball and play anywhere, even if you haven’t got anyone else to kick with you.” says Nathan. Football is better with friends though, and that’s what Coach Nathan loves about coaching kids. It’s about working together as a team with mates.
It’s not unusual to find Coach Tim C kicking a ball around the park with his own kids, so it’s no surprise to learn that when Coach Tim C is coaching for Quest FA, he values every child for their unique abilities. “It’s ok to be want to be Messi, but there’s nobody better than the best version of you” says Tim.
When he’s not playing AFL and doing spectacular spills on his mountain bike, Coach Tim is drumming up barrels of enthusiasm coaching the next generation of kids in the skills of football and sportsmanship. “It’s really about how much you love the game, not who’s the best on the pitch”, says Tim.