The Team

Our Starting Line Up

Anish Khinda “The Gaffer”- Head of International Sport Development

Sport Esprit Academy, Football Coach, India, Soccer Camp, Ryan International School

Anish is the Chairman of Sport Esprit Academy and successfully launched the company in England, back in 2010. Sport Esprit Academy is now a well-established brand and works very closely with professional football teams across the globe.

Anish was a professional footballer in England before he made the transition to a coach. Anish went into football coaching as he has a burning passion to pass on his football knowledge and encourage young players to develop their skills in the beautiful game.

Having started his professional playing career at Kettering town FC, from the age of 14. Anish was fortunate enough to have worked with ex-England star, Paul Gascoigne, and former Manchester United and Atheletico Madrid manager, Ron Atkinson. As well as working with such high profile personalities at Kettering Anish also spent time at Chester City FC (England) and Al Shabab FC (Dubai).

“There are various ways in which football can be coached I believe in focussing on attention to detail when challenging players with individual and team exercises. I have adopted this style of coaching to try and encourage players to feel comfortable and in control during training and game situations.”


Josh Hendrickson  - Area Manager Northamptonshire

Josh Hendrickson

Josh is area manager at Sport Esprit Academy and is responsible for developing and managing the companies growth across Northamptonshire. Josh helps provide high quality coaching at the centres that we operate in. During term time Josh manages and provides structured sessions at infant and primary schools and also school holiday camps to help children enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.

Josh has a friendly and enthuastic personality, he also has a BA (Hons) Degree in Sport Performance and Coaching and he likes to pass on the knowledge he gain at degree level to the children who are enrolled onto our programmes.

Josh is a keen football and tennis player and spent a few years playing for Northampton Town Football Club as a youngster. Josh got into coaching through his love of sport and living a healthy lifestyle, when asked what he loves about coaching he said “I’m privileged to be in a position where I get the opportunity to help have a positive impact on many children across the UK, also for me it’s the kids! Nothing beats seeing children enjoying their time at Sport Esprit Academy”.


Michael McGannon – Football Coach

Michael McGannon, Sport Esprit Academy, Football, Coach, Arsenal FC, Indian Football, Coaching, Footballers, Kids, Indian Soccer

When Michael was 11 he was selected to attend the Manchester United world skills final where he was put through an extensive  skills/drills programme. Michael was placed in a respectable 5th position out of 3,000 players who competed from around the world. Michael was given the opportunity to perform his skills along with the other world finalists at Old Trafford the home stadium of Manchester United, Michael participated in this activity in front of 65,000 fans. Michael has developed into a fine coach after spending 3 years with Arsenal Soccer Schools in association with Back of The Net. The hours Michael completed with Arsenal FC provided him with a solid foundation to develop coaching techniques and his own style that he now uses to deliver our programmes in India.


Siddhesh Shinde – Football Coach Mumbai, India

Sport Esprit Academy, Mumbai, India, Navi Mumbai

Siddesh was one of first Indian based coaches to be recruited by Sport Esprit Academy . After successfully joining the coaching team Siddesh was a lead coach at the launch of our academy at Cambridge School Mumbai. Siddesh has a very adventurous approach to coaching and is keen to develop young players in India by using his advanced coaching methods and techniques. Siddesh was a former coach of  the Chelsea FC & Indian Tigers association and is proud to hold his AIFF coaching licence.


Samrat Rana – Football Coach Mumbai, India

Sport Esprit Academy, Mumbai, India, Navi Mumbai

Samrat is one of the Academy’s lead coaches in Mumbai and was a member of the coaching team when Sport Esprit Academy launched in India. Samrat has come through the AIFF coaches programme and since achieving his licence Samrat has delivered exposure football projects for Chelsea FC & Indian Tigers in India. Samrat is relishing the prospect of coaching for the Academy as part of our schools development programme that will be launched from August 2013.


Ryan Lovell – Football Development Coach


Ryan is a very enthusiastic football coach and has been an important member of the coaching staff at Sport Esprit Academy since the company was launched in 2010.

Ryan was a football player with Kettering Town FC before turning his attentions to becoming a coach. Since becoming a full time coach, he has been heavily involved in working on community projects for professional football clubs in England and was also selected to share his footballing skills and knowledge to children in India during our project in 2012. After displaying a high level of quality coaching when delivering football sessions, Ryan was fast tracked to deliver development and elite football pogrammes, working with players who displayed a strong ability.


Samir Rajput- Football Coach Navi Mumbai, India

Sport Esprit Academy, Coach, India, Football

Samir is a key member of the Sport Esprit Academy coaching staff in India. Samir is based in Navi Mumbai and was a lead member the coaching team who delivered the launch of the academy in Navi Mumbai. Samir displays a very strong coaching style and has great knowledge of football at a grassroots level. When coaching Samir ensures players are challenged in sessions and learning in a professional environment, Samir is relishing the opportunity to encourage the growth of Sport Esprit Academy across India.


Dipesh Sawant – Football Coach Mumbai, India

Sport Esprit Academy Coach

Dipesh’ s highest achievement as a player was representing the Under 17’s in the national Subroto Cup.  Since his great achievement Dipesh has been coaching the Under 17 & 19 Thakur College Football Team, where he has been developing his coaching techniques. We look forward to encouraging Dipesh to develop his coaching even further.


Swamy Konar – Football Coach Mumbai, India

Sport Esprit Academy Coach

Swamy ‘s objective is to strengthen and utilize his skills to provide high quality football coaching to players enrolled onto our progammes, Swamy has very positive attitude and enjoys interacting with people at every level. As well as being a top coach Swamy is also currently playing for the Joshua Generation Football Club in the I League 2nd Division.


Rahul Pawar – Football Coach Mumbai, India

Sport Esprit Academy Coach

Rahul joins our team straight from being involved with coaching the Maharashtra Under 16 boy’s team as an assistant. Rahul is currently playing in the first division for Goans Sporting FC and is enjoying his action packed football schedule.


Utsav Bachani – Football Coach Mumbai, India

Sport Esprit Academy Coach

Utsav is a passionate coach who has previously coached college football and in the Indian third division. Having represented the state of Maharashtra at Under 21 level Utsav has a fantastic understanding of the game and how it should be played. He is excited by our schools programme and is excited at being apart of our international academy.


Vijay Tiwari – Football Coach Mumbai, India

Sport Esprit Academy Coach

Vijay was recommended to Sport Esprit Academy through our current coaches in India as he has a strong passion for developing young players. Having coached at several academies in India, Vijay has said being apart of the Sport Esprit Academy coaching staff finally makes him feel apart of a professional organisation.


Tushar Pujari – Football Coach Mumbai, India

Sport Esprit Academy Coach

Tushan is a based in Mumbai and holds coaching certificates with the AIFF, Tushan has had vast experience in coaching having worked with Indian Tigers in association with Chelsea FC during coaching programmes held in India.


Nikki Antonaccio – Dance Instructor

Sport Esprit Academy

Nikki trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where she gained a BpA Hons in Contemporary Dance. Nikki is an established Dance coach for all ages and abilities from 4 year to adult. She has a range of skills to offer including coaching in Contemporary, Street, Ballet, Body Conditioning and Multi Skills sports sessions. Nikki has been CRB checked and has also completed her Safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults course.


Sarah Judge – Multi Skills Coach

Female Football Coach, Multi Skills Coach

Sarah started working with Sport Esprit Academy as a coach for our Saturday clubs and holiday camps. After showing great qualities in the first month of working for the company, Sarah was offered to work in our schools programme across Northamptonshire. Sarah represents great qualities as a coach and her sessions are always great fun for the children and very challenging at the same time.

Bradley Seede – Multi Skills Coach

Bradley Seede

Bradley has been a coach with Sport Esprit Academy since our inception back in 2010. After coaching at all of the clubs that Sport Esprit Academy runs, he is now running more of the holiday and weekend clubs that we offer. Bradley loves to get involved in his sessions and creates a fantastic atmosphere for our participants to work in. Recently Bradley has coached at our “Just Play” schemes as well as our football development centers.