Fred Lowe: Managing Director:
Fred has been working for SOCATOTS & Brazilian Soccer Schools in one way or another since 2010, when learning from founder, Simon Clifford. A graduate of Leeds University and FA Level 1 Qualified Coach, he has also spent time at Chelsea FC as a Marketing Intern in addition to previous experience of voluntary work for Garforth Town FC.
Rupert Lowe: Director:
Rupert was Chairman of Southampton Football Club in two spells from 1996 – 2006 and subsequently 2008-2009.
His main achievements included reaching the FA Cup Final in 2003, with consequent European Qualification for the club for the first time in nearly 20 years. Off the field he also secured the funding to develop the new St Mary’s stadium project in 2002 at a cost of £34 million, on time and on budget. He has also served on the board of the Football Association, Professional Game Board, Wembley National Stadium Limited and the Challenge Cup Committee.
His main vision, however, was borne out in the highly successful structure of the club’s youth academy that reached the FA Youth Cup Final in 2005 and has developed a track record of producing world class players, earning the club plaudits as well as millions of pounds in transfer fees in the process. The recipe for this model of success was in the recruitment of highly renowned youth coaching guru Georges Prost as well as a top class recruitment team and a local Hotel, Darwin Lodge to house the boys together. In terms of players produced, the results are there for all to see with England internationals Alex Oxlade – Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Wayne Bridge all benefiting. This is not to mention the World’s most expensive player Gareth Bale, with dozens of others similarly inhabiting the professional league pyramid around the UK and beyond.
Rupert firmly believes in the syllabuses of Brazilian Soccer Schools and SOCATOTS, to bring great educational and sporting benefits to young people across the globe.
Will Partington: Head Coach, Brazilian Soccer Schools:
Will Partington is currently the Director of Socatots & Brazilian Soccer Schools Jersey as well as the Global Head Coach of Brazilian Soccer Schools worldwide.
Having been a long time admirer of founder Simon Clifford’s work Will spent a lot of time and effort tracking Simon down over 10 years ago to find out more about the now proven and highly regarded Brazilian Soccer Schools coaching programme. In the subsequent years Will made full use of his access to both the coaching syllabus and Simon’s yearly ICFDS coaching courses to ensure that he delivered the coaching syllabus to the best ability he could in his allotted franchise area of Jersey.
Will’s inaugural trip to Brazil was back in the days when he was a full English beach soccer international and spent time playing for the beach soccer teams of Vasco de Gama and Flamengo.
This was the first of what have now become annual research trips to Brazil, with Will now owning his own property in Rio de Janeiro. Over many years Will has immersed himself in the Brazilian culture and developed many friends within the Soccer industry and beyond out in Brazil. He has had trips to meet Jairzinho as well as visit Careca’s soccer school in Sao Paolo. This unrestricted access has continued to the present day where on his last visit he was given a free rein to observe the set up and coaching infrastructure within the Professional clubs Fluminense and Flamengo. Will even delivered his own even sessions within their youth academies.
This has seen Will continue to build his coaching education and further explore the physical side of the game, combining this with the technique and flexibility displayed by players introduced to specific body and ball movements from a young age. In the midst of this journey Will has had so far had with Brazilian Soccer Schools he crossed paths with current owner Rupert Lowe when Simon Clifford accepted a job at Southampton FC with Sir Clive Woodward.
Paul Darton: Head Coach, Socatots:
In 2006 at the age of 16, Paul started his coaching career at a local football club which he used to play for. Purely by chance he later had the opportunity to enrol onto a football coaching course which was being run locally as someone had dropped out from the club he was working at, and consequently there was a spare place o the course. He has since gone on to complete the FA Level 2 qualification as well as the FA Youth Modules.
At 18 years old Paul began his journey with SOCATOTS and Brazilian Soccer Schools by working for a previous franchisee in Bedfordshire as a part time job. However Paul has always wanted to pursue a full-time career in coaching, which is his passion in life.
Since he strongly believed in the methods and ethos of both the SOCATOTS & BSS programmes, in 2010 at the age of 20 he started doing some initial research into fulfilling this dream of coach football as a full time career. He decided get in touch with the team at Head Office about owning his own franchise. With some careful consideration and the backing of his parents who helped with an initial loan to help get the project started, at the age of 21, he signed a contract to become Franchise owner of ‘SOCATOTS Milton Keynes’ starting from April 2011.
Since then he has gone on to acquire a Brazilian Soccer Schools licence, as well as expanding his operation out to the areas of Leighton Buzzard & Buckingham. In 2017, Paul was appointed Head Coach of Socatots UK.