SFC is founded and headed up by Scott Shulton, a UEFA Licensed Level 1 and 2 Futsal Coach. He has completed the FA Youth Awards 1, 2 and 3 as a Football Coach and he is also UEFA B Level 3 qualified.
Scott’s has now worked for a number of professional academies coaching and has worked across every age group from U7-U16’s. Whilst at QPR Scott worked within the 12-16 age group phase at the young age of 22. It was here he developed a passion for coaching outside playing having worked at the club for 3 seasons. In 2019 Scott joined the Watford Scouting team before later joining the preacademy coaching team. In 2021 Scott was approached to go and work for Cat 1 Premier League club West Ham where he heads up the preacademy U7’s and works with the U8s.
Scott started his football career at just 9 years old where he played for Watford Academy for 2 years. Then from age 12-19 years old Scott played at Wycombe Wanderers, playing 2 years for their youth team and a year as a professional. Then is 2008 he was nominated for Youth team player of the year.
During the 2011-2012 season he was offered the position of a PE Teacher in four Primary Schools and was also given the opportunity to coach at the Maccabi European Games as the assistant manager for the Under 16’s team – the team won Gold.
From all his experience SFC Academy was born in 2014. Scott saw a demand for an academy locally – many parents encouraged him to take the leap as there was a need and a want to develop their children’s talents further.
In 2009 Scott signed for Ebbsfleet in the Conference before signing for Bishop Stortford going onto score 12 goals in the last 24 games. Scott went on to win young player of the season after that earning trials at Southampton and Dagenham Redbridge before signing for Braintree in 2011-2012 and winning the Vanarama South division. During his time as a coach, he worked as a PE Teacher in schools, played and coached in Grass Roots Football Clubs, Soccer Camps, International Tournaments and coached and played football at Premier League Academy Level.
Scott has had spells playing at Hendon and also at Wingate before signing at Enfield Town in the 2016-2017 season finishing in the playoffs and losing in the semi final. He also Won “biggest character on the pitch”. In 2017 Scott re-signed back for Braintree before signing a year contract for Hemel Hempstead. Scott has also had a fantastic Futsal career and he has played at the highest level scoring in the Futsal FA Cup semi final and playing for Helvecia in the National League South as well as representing the England Development Squad one below the national team.
Scott has a tenacious nature and a desire to succeed. He has an inbuilt hardworking nature to want to get the most out of every child who comes to SFC.
This is important for children who are between the ages of 3-11 especially as it’s the ideal time to teach the children specific ball movements, individual skills, basic passing and receiving techniques. Children will be able to work with their own football for this part of the session. This is also a great way for every player to feel like they can learn in their own style, however long it takes for them to grasp the skill or practise.
At SFC we always champion friendly competitions. The most important aspect of competitions and football matches is the enjoyment factor for the children. SFC allows the children to compete against their friends, on a daily basis and in a friendly atmosphere. The games the children play also set different challenges and outcomes and vary in difficulty depending on the age of the group. SFC ensures that children feel engaged and excited to take part in a session, in order for them to improve.
Tournaments are an extended part to a child’s learning programme. Each tournament and game has a specific theme or challenge set for the individual players and teams. Each match they play also consists of different rules for the game. The important part of matches is that every player feels like they have a role to play within their team. The main focus is that the children enjoy themselves, have fun and feel like they are able to take part in a team and express themselves.
SFC will always put every young person’s care and well-being first. We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of every child and young person entrusted to us. At all times SFC will abide by and adhere to the FA guidelines on Child Protection http://www.thefa.com. Our SFC coaches and staff understand that they are in a position of trust and must uphold a duty of care at all times.