A Word from the Founder of STAR Football Academy

Football Youth Training history photo at star football academyDear kids, parents and fellow coaches, welcome to our Star Football Academy.
My name is Anees Makrous and I’ve been working for more than 12 years as a Physical Education teacher (Bachelor of Physical Education) with children of all ages from 2 years to 18 years. Having achieved my B-licensed degree from the Football Association of England, I feel both honored and blessed to be working with and learning from some of the best football coaches in the UK.

Before officially launching Star Football Academy, I opened my first football academy back in 2008 in Australian International School in Sharjah, UAE. At the time, I was not happy with the quality of the training in local clubs, which provided young players with limited opportunities to truly develop or demonstrate their abilities.

Looking back to 2008, I couldn’t have been more proud of my team and what we’ve achieved so far. Today, Star Football Academy provides high-quality football training in team-orientated environments to positively impact the health, skills and decision making of children in our community ­ – Anees Makrous, Founder of Star Football Academy

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Being a physical education teacher, I am aware of the developmental impact of children in needing cognitive skills, as much as physical skills and I developed an educational, productive football training that gives all players the opportunities to maximize their full potential.

Today, Star Football Academy recognizes that no two players develop and learn the same that is why this dynamic program provides a style of teaching that enhances the potential of the student. With the combination of excellent football training facilities and equipment, the players are given the opportunity to develop at their own pace.

We are proud with the style of play that we teach our students and with the opportunities that we provide each student that joins our program. Before becoming a football FA qualified coach, I have been a PE teacher for more than a decade, and this experience has enabled me to prepare a football coaching program, football camp program that considers the different abilities and learning styles of the players.

I am proud of teaching the students a style of play that helps them maximize their full potential as the future of the player cannot be foreseen. At Star Football Academy, every student is critical to us and we let all the students participate in all our Fixtures as we do not look at just winning or losing a game but we look at the performance of the whole team.

Following the same work ethos and training principles, we’ve recently established Star Football Academy Mirdif and Star Football Academy Al Barsha, which are now gaining a lot of traction among young Stars and their parents. Read more: Our values