Head Coach - Alikhan Popat
In short, Alikhan is the reason this program even exists.
He's a Kitchener native and graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours in Global Studies in 2011. Alikhan is currently a FA Level 2 qualified coach. His experience includes coaching with Arsenal’s Development Programs and Community Coaching Programs from 2011-2013. As part of his coaching stint with Arsenal Football Club, Alikhan was sent by the club to work with two local football academies which were located in both India and Tanzania respectively.
Coaching Qualifications & Additional Certifications
- FA Level 2 Coaching Certificate (Attained with Arsenal FC – Equal to Canadian Provincial Pre-B License)
- FA Level 1 Coaching Certificate (Attained with Arsenal FC)
- FA Youth Award Module 1 (Attained with Arsenal FC)
- FC Barcelona Escola Coaching Certificate
- Community Coaching Badge – Ontario Soccer Association
- Community Youth Coaching Badge – Ontario Soccer Association
- Emergency First Aid Certificate
- Safeguarding Children Certificate
- Refereeing Small Sided Games Certificate
- Working with Challenging Behaviour
- TEFL Certificate – teaching English Abroad – Beginner