My name is Stef Frost. I’m from Nottingham, England and football has always been my passion. Being a professional footballer was always the dream for me and this came true at the age of just 16 years old. As a young player I joined the academy of the English Professional club Notts County FC. I progressed through the academy ranks from U10s to eventually the Notts County FC first team making my debut against Carlisle United in front of over 11,000 fans. I was awarded the Notts County FC Young Player of the year award and the Youth team player of the year award that same year. I am currently the third youngest player to ever play professionally for Notts County FC. I have also been fortunate enough to play against the likes of Manchester United, Leicester City, Everton, Aston Villa as well as against many high profile players such as premier league goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, England defender Gary Cahill and Inter Milan’s Ashley Young. Due to an Injury which has halted my football career I turned to coaching and I now have over 13 years experience in coaching also gaining my UEFA Licence and FA Youth Award. My coaching journey has taken me from England to Thailand, Australia and New Zealand and has included roles with professional clubs Nottingham Forest FC and Wigan Athletic F.C. I am extremely excited to be the Head Football coach at HeadStart International school and to have the opportunity to build a fantastic footballing program for our players to learn and practice in a fun and positive environment. It is very important for every player to leave each footballing practice having learnt either a new skill either being technical, physical, psychological or social. It is a combination of all these skills which our young players need to improve and succeed in Football and through their journey in life.
The HeadStart Panthers Football Academy is one of the most highly regarded academies for quality coaching and football in Phuket, with experienced coaches, qualified to UEFA A License standard and ex-professional backgrounds. All Academy coaches will work diligently to develop the player’s abilities in four key areas; physical, psychological, technical and tactical competencies. We strive to play fun, fast attacking football with players encouraged to be creative and make decisions effectively.
The HeadStart Football Academy coaches and players uphold six core values in everything we do;
- Play the Game: to be technically comfortable and confident with the ball under pressure.
- Be Athletic: to be physically competitive in every session.
- Game Intelligence: to be tactically flexible and adaptable, depending on the needs of the team.
- Forward Thinking: to be positive in everything, especially when facing challenging situations.
- Professional: to maintain the highest level of professionalism and respect on-and-off the field.
- X-Factor: to be individually creative and confident to try new things in training and matches.
Our overarching aim is to provide all children we coach with more engagement and touches of the football in every session than any other academy programme.
Uniform and Supplies
The full Football Uniform must be worn to all training sessions and matches and can be purchased from the school shop. Shin pads, Football boots, hats, water bottles should be sourced from home. Football Academy players should commit to attending at least 4 training sessions per week, matches and events with a full water bottle, and wearing a full academy kit.
Each training session follows the same format. An intense, technical-based warm-up followed by a competitive, game-related practice before finishing with a small-sided, conditioned game. A timetable is provided for enrolled players at the beginning of the term.