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At Shooting Starz, we cherish our identity as a close-knit family club that serves as the beating heart of our community. Allow us to introduce ourselves and share our remarkable journey with you.


Shooting Starz was founded in 2013 by Luke Craig and Yusuf Jimacale. Their partnership originated from their shared experiences at Chelsea FC. In 2013, they laid the foundations for Shooting Starz after recognising an opportunity to provide accessible and high-standard coaching to all children, with a shared vision to provide and promote youth participation in sports. Since then, their journey and the company have evolved extensively.

Initially, Shooting Starz started by offering after-school clubs and holiday camps at Ravenscourt Park. In 2017, we took a significant step forward by relocating to a state-of-the-art facility at Club Des Sports, and in 2023, we proudly opened our own facilities, complete with a brand new clubhouse.

From our modest beginnings, the company has blossomed under Luke and Yusuf's partnership. Shooting Starz now provides more than 20 sports across multiple locations and facilities, focusing on Football, Netball, and Gymnastics. Over the years we have worked with more than 40 schools and over 40,000 children.

Our unwavering commitment to strengthening family bonds, promoting community cohesion, and encouraging youth participation through the transformative power of sports continues to drive our mission. The creation of FC Starz (football) and Starz NC (netball), both not-for-profit clubs established by Shooting Starz, exemplifies our dedication to these ideals. Additionally, the appointment of the Starz Community Trust, where parents actively participate in overseeing operations, ensures that we remain true to our founding principles of delivering excellent coaching.


At Shooting Starz, our philosophy is rooted in our commitment to providing an excellent coaching standard that will encourage youth participation in sports. Our core principles revolve around qualified coaches, extensive experience, and a passion for sports.

Our philosophy is based on 12 main principles:
1. Qualified Coaches: The foundation of exceptional coaching lies in expertise and knowledge. We handpick our coaching staff, ensuring they hold relevant qualifications in their respective sports. Our coaches are more than just passionate about the game; they are also well-equipped to impart their knowledge effectively.
2. Experienced Coaches: Experience helps shape young athletes, and we want the best for your children. Our coaching team comprises individuals with a wealth of experience, including coaches who have played and still play professionally in their sport. Their firsthand knowledge and insights add a unique dimension to our coaching sessions and allow your child to develop relationships with coaches they can learn from and aspire to be like.
3. State-of-the-Art Facilities: We are proud to offer brand-new, state-of-the-art facilities that create an optimal environment for sports development. Our modern facilities are designed to inspire and motivate young athletes to excel in their chosen sports.
4. Multiple Locations: We provide access to our programs at various locations, making it convenient for families to engage with us. This ensures that our coaching is accessible to a wide range of communities.
5. Diverse Sports Portfolio: With offerings spanning over 20 sports, we empower children to explore various activities, enabling them to discover their passions and talents.
6. Structured Sessions Based on Guided Discovery: Our coaching sessions are structured around guided discovery. We encourage athletes to explore and learn through active participation, fostering a deeper understanding of their chosen sport.
7. Learning Through Play: We firmly believe that play is a powerful tool for learning. Our sessions incorporate play-based activities that make the learning process enjoyable and engaging.
8. Challenging Activities for Progression: We challenge our athletes with activities that encourage continuous improvement. Our coaching fosters a growth mindset, inspiring participants to set and achieve their goals.
9. Safe and Fun-Filled Environment: Safety is paramount in our programs. We provide a secure and nurturing environment where children can thrive, have fun, make friends, and confidently develop their skills.
10. Positive Role Models: Our coaches serve as positive role models, not just in sports but also in life. We instill values such as teamwork, respect, and discipline, helping young athletes grow into well-rounded individuals.
11. Balanced Approach: Our sessions strike a balance between games and technique development. A holistic approach to coaching encompasses both skill-building and the joy of playing.
12. Dedicated Development and Elite Sessions: We offer specialized development and elite sessions focusing on refining skills and nurturing talent, ensuring that athletes have the tools they need to reach their full potential.

Our company philosophy at Shooting Starz is a testament to our unwavering commitment to nurturing young athletes' participation in sports in a holistic and supportive manner. We aim to inspire a lifelong love for sports, personal growth, and the pursuit of excellence while teaching your child how to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle, make friends, and enjoy all the benefits sports can bring them and your family.


Safety is our top priority at Shooting Starz, and we take several proactive measures to ensure a secure environment for all participants.
Here are some of the critical steps we take to maintain the safety of your children in our care:
1. DBS Checks for Staff: Our staff members, including coaches, support personnel, and volunteers, undergo comprehensive DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks as part of our stringent hiring process. These checks help us identify individuals with a history of criminal convictions, safeguarding the well-being of our participants.
2. Safeguarding Training: We invest in ongoing training for our staff to equip them with the knowledge and skills to protect children and vulnerable individuals. This training ensures that our team members know the best practices for maintaining a safe and supportive atmosphere.
3. First Aid Training: Safety incidents can occur unexpectedly, so our staff are trained in first aid. Their ability to respond effectively in emergencies ensures that immediate care is available to anyone requiring it during our programs.
4. Comprehensive Insurance: We maintain full coverage for every child participating at any of our venues. This insurance provides financial protection and peace of mind for parents and guardians should any unforeseen incidents or accidents occur during our activities.
5. Venue-Specific Risk Assessments: We conduct thorough risk assessments before using any venue for our programs. These assessments consider various factors, including the layout of the venue, potential hazards, emergency exits, and security measures. Identifying and addressing risks in advance ensures our participants a safe and controlled environment.
6. Emergency Response Plans: Besides risk assessments, we have well-defined emergency response plans. These plans include protocols for addressing emergencies, from minor incidents to more severe situations. Our staff members are trained to execute these plans swiftly and effectively.
7. Parent and Guardian Communication: We maintain open lines of communication with parents and guardians to keep them informed about our safety procedures and policies. We encourage feedback and welcome any inquiries regarding the safety of our programs.
8. Continuous Improvement: Safety is an ongoing commitment, and we continually evaluate and improve our safety measures. This includes staying up-to-date with the latest safety standards and best practices to ensure our programs remain safe and secure.

At Shooting Starz, we are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, and enjoyable experience for all participants. Our comprehensive safety measures, including DBS checks, safeguarding and first aid training, insurance coverage, risk assessments, and emergency response plans, demonstrate our unwavering commitment to prioritizing the well-being of those who engage with us.
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