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Meet your Coaches

With over 50 years of combined football coaching experience, you can rest assured that your child’s progress is in the right hands. Meet some of our senior kids football coaches who work very hard to make sure your child has a safe and enjoyable football experience.

Emmanuel Marshal

Head Coach

Nicknamed ‘Manny’, Emmanuel Marshal started his coaching journey at the age of 17. He played for Fulham FC Academy as a youth player and was later recruited by their coaching department.

Emmanuel went on to work with Samba Soccer Schools at the age of 18 and has since developed into a Head Coach. He is known for his vibrant energy and fun-like style of football coaching. He’s also a bit of a ‘baller’ but shh don't tell him that as it’ll get to his head.

When he’s not coaching, you’ll probably find him in the gym or praying for Fulham FC to get back in the Premier League.

Ethan Bond Vaughan

Head Coach

Ethan realised his passion for football coaching after completing a coaching course hosted by Samba Soccer Schools in 2017. After gaining his FA qualifications, he worked tremendously hard to climb the ladder going from support coach, to Head Coach and now appointed as Head of Recruitment at SSS.

He is popular for breaking down exercises and communicating with players in a clear way. One parent had this to say: ‘Ethan has the teacher-engaging-ability all teachers should have, but not all do have!’

Bravo Ethan, Bravo!

Haile Solomon

Head Coach

Coach Haile is one of the coolest guys you will meet in football coaching. Big claim right? But he has years of evidence to back this up!

Haile has been a Head Coach for Samba Soccer Schools for 5 years. He knows how to bring the fun to every class putting smiles on all his students the moment they arrive to his classes.

Outside of coaching, you’ll find Haile enjoying a 5-aside game with his mates or watching his beloved Borussia Dortmund FC.

Oh yeah, we also forgot to mention that Haile represents his home country, Eritrea for their national football tournaments! Now that's pretty cool!

Kym Gayle

Head Coach

Coach Kym began his coaching career after being inspired by a football coaching programme delivered by Samba Soccer Schools in 2018. He gained his FA qualifications whilst being mentored by senior coaches from Samba Soccer Schools. Fast forward a couple of years and his hard work paid off after being appointed Head Coach.

Kym has a very natural way of coaching. He doesn’t use an excessive tone but he communicates in an easily understandable manner. He has his own way of breaking down his classes so every student can go home with a feeling that they have learnt something new!

In his spare time he writes incessantly which probably explains why he’s just so good at communicating with his players.

Helaku El-bay

Head Coach

Originally from Leeds, Coach Helaku has been bringing his enthusiasm and energy to our classes since 2018. He’s also got plenty of tricks and skills in his locker which mesmerises the students under his supervision.

Helaku’s passion for coaching and ball mastery has helped him to become one of Samba Soccer’s most creative coaches. He has a football brain and he uses his creativity to refine his players skills and football intelligence.

You can catch Helaku’s classes in Southfields and Marylebone!

A Word from our Founder...


It's a pleasure to welcome you to Samba Soccer Schools. Thanks for stopping by.

My name is Nilio Bagga and I founded Samba Soccer Schools back in 2009. But I don't kid myself! None of this could have come to fruition without the hard work and support of everyone involved, including my friends and family.

I currently serve as the company's Managing Director. Sounds cool but it's not. Nothing comes close to being on the pitch teaching the skills, playing to the music and putting smiles on faces!

So where did the idea come from? In short, it came from my love of Brazilian football and culture. There was just something so special about their style of football and feel-good samba music that made me eat, sleep and breathe the beautiful game!

At the same time, I played for a semi-professional football team but struggled to enjoy it, mostly because it felt all too mechanical and overly structured. Plus it didn't help that the coaches were pretty militant with their players. Each time I skipped past a few players, they would remind me that it was their way, not mine!

So I had a problem. I loved football but I didn't enjoy playing with my team. So I started playing more with my friends either during school or on the streets. We would put the music on in the backdrop and play with passion and without the fear of making mistakes.

Then it hit me. What if I created a soccer school that promoted fun yet instilled confidence in children? And so I earned my coaching badges, studied the game, got my degree from London School of Economics (mostly to make my parents proud) and then started Samba Soccer Schools.

Since then, we have worked with thousands of children giving them the opportunity to improve their skills, to be creative, to make new friends and build their confidence, all in a safe environment.

How do we do it? It's simple. You recruit great coaches who truly enjoy their job. We make sure to only hire the best football coaches and give them the best training and support they need to support your child.

So if you're looking for a super fun and skilful football experience for your child, take a chance on us. Your first lesson is always on us so you can get a feel for the fun and the vibrant atmosphere before you commit.

I thank you again for visiting our website and I look forward to welcoming you to our family!

Nilio Bagga

Founder and Managing Director