Our Directors

Darren Wassall
Darren WassallCompany Director

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Ex professional footballer: Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Manchester City, Birmingham City and Derby County Football Club First Team Head Coach & Academy Director

Darren began his professional football career in 1984 under the guidance of the great Brian Clough.
Darren enjoyed a successful career playing at numerous clubs, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Manchester City and Birmingham City.

Darren has continued a successful career in coaching starting at Burton Albion’s Youth team and progressing to Academy Manager at Derby County in 2009.
Here Darren has overseen the development of the young players in the academy, such as Will Hughes, Jeff Hendrick and Mason Bennett.

His knowledge and experience that he has gained over the last 30 years is invaluable in his coaching and his and Pat Lyons commitment to the development of children’s football has helped Soccerstarsuk to be one of the worlds leading coaching youth development programmes.

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Pat Lyons
Pat LyonsCompany Director

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Ex professional footballer: Derby County. Ex semi-professional: Burton Albion, Worcester City and Derby County Football Club Assistant Head Coach
Pat started his coaching career at the age of 19 at Derby County’s Academy while playing at Burton Albion under the management of Nigel Clough and being part of the team that won the Conference North
He progressed with his coaching gaining his ‘B’ Licence and then receiving his ‘A’ licence at the age of 24 being the youngest coach in the country to gain this prestige coaching qualification.
Pat has worked with Stoke City Academy and Burton Albions youth team, where they won the conference National Title twice.
Pat is currently the U21 Derby county Coach, where he has been successful in the development of young players which have progressed into the first team squad.
He is passionate to make a difference to players of all abilities with his experience both as a player and a coach.
It is this passion from Pat and Darren along with their values that makes SoccerstarsUK stand out.

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About Us

SoccerstarsUK was formed in 2003 by Darren Wassall and Pat Lyons, to provide both boys and girls, with the opportunity to learn new soccer skills and improve existing ones. SoccerstarsUK specialise in youth development, from grass roots to elite performers.

We fully understand the need for children to be educated in a fun, controlled and enjoyable environment. SoccerstarsUK’s team of dedicated FA-qualified coaches, all hold up to date enhanced CRB, emergency first-aid and child protection certificates. We are committed to providing young children with a fun and enjoyable football experience. Our aim is to develop the next generation of Soccer Stars!

Both my son’s have enjoyed attending courses at SoccerstarsUK because of the friendly environment and high standard of coaching. Their football and social skills have benefitted greatly and I would highly recommend SoccerstarsUK to anyone.
Rory Delap, Former Derby County, Sunderland, Southampton, Stoke City & Republic of Ireland International and SoccerstarsUK Parent
The football courses run by SoccerstarsUK are fantastic! My 10 year old has been attending for 4 years and loves it. He has learned skills, tricks and enjoys the mini tournaments whether he wins or loses. The coaching is excellent, constructive and very fair. The prices are very good value for money ! I would recommend Soccerstars to anyone wanting their boy or girl to enjoy a fun and enjoyable football course.
Shaun Sanders, Parent
I have two sons, who, from the ages of 5 through to 12, have always been keen to participate in the Soccerstars holiday and after school clubs.
The staff are always enthusiastic and make the clubs great fun for all ages and abilities. They give invaluable coaching advice which enables the children to improve on their footballing skills in a safe and enjoyable environment.
I would recommend Soccerstars to any budding footballer, and thank the Soccerstars team for all they have done for my two boys over the years.
Liz Price, Parent
SoccerstarsUK offer top quality coaching in a safe and friendly environment. The staff are very professional and always willing to help. A first class organisation!
Dave Swainston, Chellaston Academy
We feel Soccerstars are a part of the Chellaston Infant School team. Our children love their PPA sessions and the After School Clubs are incredibly popular. Soccerstars are an enthusiastic, enjoyable and reliable club we are happy to have in our school!
Chloe Frearson, School Secretary and Clerk to Governors, Chellaston Infant School
Pupils at our school thoroughly enjoy the engaging, fun sessions provided by Soccerstars. It provides pupils of all ages with opportunities to blossom. We also value the competitions organised by Soccerstars as they are always well-structured and planned.
Lee Rowcroft, P.E. Coordinator, Parkview Primary School
The children have enjoyed the range of activities delivered during lesson time and after school sessions. I would highly recommend SoccerstarsUK.
Steve Beeston, Deputy Head Teacher, Chellaston Junior School
SoccerstarsUK is an asset to the extra curricular provision at the school. The coaches are well trained and well liked by the children. There is no better provider in this area and I highly recommend SoccerstarsUK.
Mike Randels, William Shrewsbury School