John has helped the department reach continual growth in programming, volunteers and coaches. Working with young players and players with special needs of all ages, John’s energy, passion, and ability to connect with those less fortunate is unparalleled. Sidekick has been in close to a dozen Massachusetts communities (and counting) and John has positively affected hundreds of players and families.
In addition, his daughter, Jaden, led the Wolves Futsal Club U14 Girls Heroes in scoring during the 2014 season.
John is currently the Head Coach of the Massachusetts Special Olympics State Champion Belmont team. He is also an assistant coach for the Girls' Varsity team at Prospect Hill Academy.
He holds the US Soccer Federation ‘E’ License, the ICA Fitness and Conditioning for Soccer License, and the NSCAA Goalkeeper II Diploma. He holds certificates from the NFHS for Coaching Unified Sports (Special Olympics), Concussion in Sports, Sports Nutrition, Sportsmanship, Heat Acclimization and Heat Illness Prevention, and Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment. He also is Bare Bones Children’s Yoga certified.
Away from soccer, John works with the Child Life Care department at the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Boston, is a ‘Read to a Child’ reading mentor at the Kennedy School in Somerville, and is a Behavioral Health Disaster Responder with the state department of health. He is a native of Somerville, Mass.
Footy Fun Fitness is meant to serve the needs of the developing youth player who is being introduced to soccer and organized sport for the first time and simply wants to be part of a fun, learning environment.
Our professional coaches and age-appropriate training plans enhance players both technically and tactically, while ensuring the most important aspect: FUN! Thousands of players have boosted their self-esteem and interacted with their peers from their community thanks to these clinics. For players age 2 to 6, our staff of professionals are experienced in creating the type of atmosphere that you will want. By providing a professional coach and including "fairplay" incentives, we will create an environment for every child - no matter their athletic ability - an opportunity to feel success and fall in love with the game of soccer.
We are unique in that we have scoured the internet to find quality coaches and programs in action and provided the visual aid of YouTube Playlists to better economize the knowledge and time commitment that a coach needs to run a quality training session. These YouTube Playlists typically last between 10 – 20 minutes and couple with a custom-made, corresponding PDF ‘information sheet’ that makes the experience structured, stress-free, and greatly enjoyable!
We provide the message of Long Term Player Development and believe that our coaches do, too! Sidekick is a NSCAA Member Club. To see our curriculum, click on the U3-U5 Curriculum tab.