All of our coaches hold a valid CRB Certificate and updated coaching qualifications.

Graeme Doyle – Head Coach

Coaching Experience

Professional Footballer Ipswich Town.
1988-1990 (Career ended by serious knee injury)

Community soccer coach Newcastle United F.C 1991-1992

Soccer coach Ian St John Soccer Camps 1993

Advanced coach Newcastle Football Development 1993-1995

Camp organizer North American Soccer Camps 1994

Talent scout/Coach Sunderland F.C 1995-1996

Soccer coach/General assistant David Lloyd Leisure club 1996

Camp Director Pro Soccer Camps 1995-1996

Star Strike Soccer was formed 1997

Manager/Coach N.U.F.C Academy under 12,s 1998-2001


City and Guilds Recreation and leisure April 1989

N.E.B.S.M Management course 1992

F.A. Preliminary 1992

Diploma in Sports Psychology 1995

Emergency First Aid/Treatment of Injury Sept 1999

Emergency First Aid 2002

F.A. Coaching Licence (U.E.F.A. B) March 2001

F.A. Refresher Course 2005

Emergency First Aid 2006

F.A. Prep course U.E.F.A. A    2009

F.A. Safeguarding Course 2011

U.K. Dodgeball Level 1 2012

F.A. Safeguarding Course 2016

F.A. Emergency First Aid 2016

F.A. Safeguarding Course 2019

F.A. Emergency First Aid 2019.

D.B.S. Northumberland F.A. 2019

Phil Coates

Phil started working for Star Strike Soccer in 2002.  He currently holds a Level Two for Sport in Coaching Football, and is also First Aid and Child Protection Certified with a valid CRB Police Check.  He aims to pursue the Level Three in coaching football (UEFA ‘B’) in the near future.

In 1997, after completing his ‘A’ Levels, Phil left for the warmer climes of Virginia , USA to undertake a Soccer Scholarship at Old Dominion University , studying English. He spent the next five years playing NCAA Division One Collegiate Soccer, attending classes, and coaching American children each summer.

On his return, Phil played for Walker Central in the Northern Alliance , and later West Allotment Celtic in the Northern League. At 29, Phil now concentrates mainly on coaching.  Phil’s friendly approach, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the game mean his coaching sessions are thoughtful and enjoyable.

With all his experience and all of the above qualities Phil has taking on the role of Assistant Head Coach with great ease.

He has become a very important and integral part of the company and is a Course Director and organiser at many of our venues.