Beacon Hill U8 Radars


Coaching Team

James Gilbert

After many years of a thoroughly enjoyable playing career that started in junior football, peaked at semi-professional reserves, and progressed to the inevitable ‘Veterans’ level thereafter, it was time to hang up my boots and focus on the next best thing – coaching the beautiful game!  As a resident in the village of Beacon Hill and with a son joining the club as a 5-year-old, I was very keen to get involved.  In September 2020, I completed my FA Level 1 badge and put myself forward to help and shadow the Kickstart Coaches in the U7’s group.  After a year of learning what I had let myself in for, I offered to oversee the three new U8 teams, with a particular focus on the Radars.  Stepping up from training only to both training and matches has been a steep learning curve in the first year but one that I am relishing!  I plan to continue my FA education in 2022 and complete the UEFA C Licence in order to further improve my coaching knowledge and continue to give something back to the game.

Ryan O’Keefe

Having played football for most of my life, it was a natural progression to now support and encourage my son Rory during his early days in the sport.”

I fell into taking Rory and a few of his friends for some training sessions and enjoyed the coaching element, that was it, the start of my coaching journey.  I received my FA level one in September and have not looked back.  I particularly enjoy the benefits of the social development that football can bring to the players.


Training is on Wednesday Evenings during the Season

Training Location

The Edge


NEHYL U8 Phillips

Match Day