Before becoming a bestselling Author (well not quite yet) I coached football for 4 years in the USA. I returned to the UK to further my coaching career as a member of the Manchester United and Bobby Charlton’s Soccer Schools coaching team. This provided an opportunity to move again and run a soccer school in Malta; which I relished. I decided after 2 fantastic years in the sunshine, and living the Mediterranean life that a move to the Lake District would be my next adventure. I packed my trunk with umbrellas, wellies and rain jackets and off we went to Kendal.
Living in the Lakes enabled me to get Ali my beautiful boxer dog and the star of the book. In 2007 I purchased a Little Kickers Franchise and set about building a coaching business which specialised in providing professionally run football classes for children age 18 months – 7 years old. I now have classes held throughout Cumbria and Lancashire and have become very passionate about coaching this age group.
I believe that this age group should not be over looked and unlike most football providers Little Kickers specialises in providing a professional & FUN introduction to sport for children age 18mths – 7 yrs olds. Our unique “Play not Push” coaching philosophy helps the younger age groups to develop important fundamental skills which will give them the head start in sport which they deserve.
The book Ali B vs The Universe was initially developed as a coaching aid to help children at my classes understand a simple football game and help encourage them to use their imagination whilst playing with the football.
The story has now evolved into a full picture book illustrated by Liam Roberts which I hope will engage children’s imagination and encourage them to get active as well as encouraging them to develop a love of reading and books.
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