About us

THA Football Centres are provided by a Football Coaching Company registered in England and Wales and founded by Simon, Sam & Ethan Holmshaw. The Company was founded with the purpose to coach children and adults in football to create the all-rounded football player. This is achieved by delivering sessions that encourage both creativity and adaptability.


Our founder’s Simon, Sam and Ethan Holmshaw are all unique to most families in that they are all passionate football coaches involved in both senior and junior sport. In 2009, after becoming frustrated at the coaching he observed in his son Jacobs junior football team, Simon decided to set up his own club called Drakehouse Dragons Junior Football Club for his own boys, where he felt he could help develop them, and other boys & girls from the local community to become better players, and better people.

What then followed years later where his two sons, Sam & Ethan getting involved with the coaching process at the junior club. And for the last 10 years, the trio has coached together on various different projects within both the Sheffield and Leeds areas, now finding themselves a part of the management team of the Ilkley Town AFC Women’s first team.

Simon, Sam and Ethan all have a passion for coaching, creating environments that allow participants to grow as both people and players, something they have taken with them everywhere they have coached.

In 2020, 11 years on from the formation of Drakehouse Dragon’s and after 8 years of coaching together, the trio finally decided to set up their own football academy. After just short of 30 years coaching experience collectively in grassroots amateur and academy level football, the trio felt it was the right time to form their own academy based on the principles, beliefs and value they had collectively developed from their experiences in order to ‘create an environment that optimises personal and performance development within each football players that joins The Holmshaw Academy.


In our opinion, too many football sessions across senior and junior sport do not offer players opportunities to experience creativity and adaptability, in which are two extremely important elements to the football game.

Our coaching sessions and behaviours are designed to allow players to be creative, let them make mistakes, invent new technical solutions and help produce players that are competent to play in every position on the football pitch, in order to attempt to create ‘the all-rounded player‘.

Meet the Directors

Ethan Holmshaw – Operations Director

Ethan Holmshaw is the operations director at THA. Ethan has been a football coach for 6 years, starting his coaching journey as an assistant coach aged just 14 at a local junior football club in Sheffield.

Ethan is currently studying BSc Undergraduate Sports Coaching Degree at Leeds Beckett University, into his second year of Study.

The Technical Coach

Ethan Holmshaw

Ethan is currently the Head Coach of Leeds Beckett Women’s Football 3’s and the Women’s first team Assistant Manager of Ilkley Town AFC, Previously holding the role of Assistant Manager at Drakehouse Dragons Junior Football Coach at various age groups for 5 years.

Ethan Holmshaw prides himself on developing technical based players, which he felt was lost in England for many years. Ethan believes his Football expertise lies within the technical side of the game, Spending a lot of time in his youth self-teaching and honing his technical skills, giving him specified knowledge in this area.

Simon Holmshaw – Managing Director

Simon Holmshaw is the Managing Director at THA. By trade, a Health & Safety consultant, Simon started coaching over 10 years ago when he started out as a parent-coach at a junior football club to help out with his son Jacob’s team. After becoming frustrated from the coaching he observed, he decided to create a junior football team for his son to play in.

Simon is currently the Women’s first-team assistant coach at Ilkley Town AFC.

The Motivational Coach

Simon Holmshaw

Simon holds a wealth of experience in coaching youth football. His personal philosophy has always been to give players a chance, no matter their ability. Simon has always believed to never give up on players, and cites his enjoyment at “seeing 16-year-old lads being able to play football who previously couldn’t kick a ball”.

Simon believes his Football expertise lies within the Motivational side of the game. Which he believes was the key to success in winning 2 league titles and a cup within junior football. yet cites his proudest moments as developing young men during his time at Drakehouse Dragons.

Sam Holmshaw – Technical Director

Sam Holmshaw is the Technical Director at THA. Sam has been a Football Coach for 8 years has worked within various grassroots and academy level setting’s within Football.

Sam is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University. He also holds the role of Masters Intern (Coach Educator) where he works with 2nd and 3rd-year undergraduate students to assess their performance and provide them with feedback on the delivery of their sessions.

Sam is currently the Women’s first team manager of Ilkley Town AFC, U15’s Academy Manager at Kickabout Performance Academy and is the Host of ‘The Sports Coaching Podcast’.

‘The Academic Coach’

Sam Holmshaw

Sam believes his football expertise lies within the tactical side of the game. Labelling himself a self-taught tactician!

Sam is a massive fan of the Ajax philosophy and believes that players should be trained and played in every position throughout their youth development to create ‘all-rounded players’ and help them maximise their potential. Something that has inspired our playing philosophy at The Holmshaw Academy.

For more information and updates, follow us on our social media channels