The YFI Senators squad is led by very successful, accredited high school coaches. Those coaches work with Millwall FC and Queens Park Rangers FC coaches to help students improve their game, both on and off the field.
Our squad, the YFI Senators, plays with and against academy level peers associated with each pro team that hosts our students. In addition to regular matches, YFI Senators will compete in the Prince's Trust Football Festival.
YFI Senators learn what leadership is all about. They sit in on sessions by coaches, trainers, and management that cover strategy, nutrition, health, and sports psychology. The squad provides leadership working with children, at-risk youth, and those with developmental disabilities through the community programs of our pro team partners.
A Word from Daniel Edwards
Daniel is a Director and Coach of the College Football Academy for Queens Park Rangers in London, England. QPR hosted our YFI Senators squad in 2016 and is extremely excited to partner with YFI on such a unique and exceptional opportunity for high school soccer players.
A Word from Richard White
Richard is the Community Development & Health Improvement Manager at Millwall Community Trust. YFI Senators will leave at the end of the program with an accredited FA (Football Association) Level One Certificate in Coaching Football.
YFI Soccer's Coaches & Representatives
The following individuals serve as Youth Futures International’s (YFI Sports) UK leadership team. These coaches have been instrumental in ensuring that the YFI Sports Leadership through Sportsmanship program held in London is successfully and safely maintained. We are grateful for their professionalism and expertise, not only in the game of football, but as mentors and role models for all our participants.
Millwall FC Coach
Richard White is the Community Development & Health Improvement Manager at Millwall Community Trust (MCT). Richard joined as a coach in June 2000 and is now a senior manager at MCT following many years of experience managing successful award winning youth engagement programs in some of the most deprived parts of London that harness the power of sport. Richard's team provides engagement and diversionary programs for young people and older people which overcome any potential barriers to sports participation.
Richard played as a school boy for Chelsea and Bretford FC before having a knee cartilage injury at the young age of 15. He recovered in time to secure a 2 year youth team scholarship at Welling United FC. Richard continued his playing career in semi-professional football with at Dulwich Hamlet, Crawley Town, and Tooting & Mitcham before hanging up his cleats.
His coaching qualifications include a UEFA B coaching certificate. Aside from his commitments at Millwall, Richard is also Head Coach at Fisher FC.
Millwall FC Coach/Player
Leanne Cowan is a current and active member of the Millwall Lioness first team professional football club. She is a shining example to young athletes in dedication and determination to reach her goal as a professional athlete.
Leanne began playing in the Millwall system at the age of 8. She worked her way through the academy development system during her school years eventually earning a spot in the professional reserves. Her dream came true when she signed onto the MIllwall Lionesses as a professional first team player.
Leanne also developed her love for coaching and has received her FA Level 2, youth module 1, and has been coaching for the past four years delivering sessions across many different sports such as football, basketball, tennis, hockey and multi-skills. She has worked both part-time and full-time basis delivering community sessions and currently works full-time delivering physical education in primary schools whilst also running various after school club programs. Her coaching experience is working with children from the ages of 4 to 18 on a weekly basis.
Queens Park Rangers FC Coach
Pablo Blackwood is the Youth & Communities Manager for Queens Park Rangers FC as well as the representative to the Princes Trust Charity UK. His coaching background is unique and diverse after coaching for over 20 years in grassroots football and youth development phase in elite football. Pablo has coached abroad on four continents, served as Talent ID & recruitment (scouting) for QPR FC Academy, and received coaching credential level: FA Level 3 (UEFA B), Coach Educator/Tutor/Assessor. Pablo played International football as a schoolboy (U15) and youth player (U18) and signed for and played youth team football for Chelsea FC. He played for a number of semi-professional teams in England once injury prevented him going further in the professional game.
Queens Park Rangers FC Coach
Danny Edwards serves as the Director of the QPR College Academy. He currently holds a College Football Manager Coaching credential level of UEFA B. His vast coaching experience includes QPR College Academy, QPR Youth Team Skills Coach, International work with QPR & the Premier League, Prisons and Youth Offending Institutes, and Children & Adults with physical and mental disabilities programs.
In addition to his coaching experience, he also has professional playing experience with QPR, England Futsal Team, and semi Professional leagues in London.
Danny Edwards is also a popular public figure in the world of Football development and the community and has had the pleasure of working with such football luminaries as David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Neymar, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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See & Experience London, England!
London is a remarkable international city, rich with history and iconic sights. England is also where the rules of modern day soccer (or football) as we know them originated. Of course, amidst all the training, playing, and leadership activities we have in store, there's no way we'll let squad go back home without seeing some of the sights in London.
The vast majority of schools in the U.S. require students, especially those in high school, to perform a certain number of community service hours before graduating. As a nonprofit organization, YFI is able to sign off on forms schools and school districts have for verifying those hours (all forms from around the country YFI has certified for students who have participated in its programs have stated that organizations must be nonprofit).
The YFI Soccer program includes 20 service hours.