About Us


To position ELITE SPORT as the premiere platform of youth development in terms of sport, not only enhancing raw talent but to produce a professional athlete through our intensive programs and hands on policy.

Mission Statement

ELITE SPORT's Mission is to foster and enhance the physical, mental, emotional and technical growth and development of young athletes through sport, at all levels of age and competition.


We have a saying "we share the same GOAL in our FIELD".

This is fundamental to our principles and philosophy at ELITE SPORTt; we ensure that our dedicated coaches will personally handle and coach every athlete who enlists in our program, we understand that every athlete is their own talent, our objective is to nurture that talent and grow them, and that is our assurance. No one athlete will be left out.





Steven Whittaker

Position: Director / Senior Head Coach
Age: 33

Degree: Masters in Business Administration

Coaching Qualifications:
UEFA 'B' Qualified Coach,
Emergency Aid Qualified,
Child Protection Certificate

Coaching Experience:
3 years owner of private coaching company in the UK
5 years with Preston North End F.C Academy
7 years coaching at other Dubai based football academies 

Playing Experience:
Blackburn Rovers age 8 - 16
Great Britain Catholic Schools age 18


Richard Chapman

Position: Director / Senior Head Coach
Age: 33

Degree: BSc Sport & Business Management

Coaching Qualifications:
UEFA 'B' Qualified Coach,
Emergency Aid Qualified,
Child Protection Certificate

Coaching Experience:
2 years Middlesbrough Football in the Community
3 years at Manchester United Soccer Schools in the UK
2 years at Bobby Charlton Soccer Schools in the UK
3 years as Area Manager for United Soccer Academy in the USA
3 years Teaching and Coaching in a Leading UK college
2 years Academy Manager in Dubai 



Tom Hughes

Position: Sport Coordinator / Head Coach
Age: 29

Coaching Qualifications: 

Basketball Level 2

Football Level 1

Gymnastics (Secondary),

UK Athletics (Secondary)

Dodgeball Advanced.

Emergency First Aider


BSc in Sports Coaching and Development.

Coaching Experience:

Programme Coach - Centre of Coaching Excellence (2 years)

Multi Sports Coach - Premier Sport (1 year)

PE Technician - St Mary’s Catholic College – Voluntary (1 year)

Football Coach - Welsh Football Association Trust (2 years)

Football Coach - Challenger Sports – USA (May - Aug 2009, Jun - Aug 2010, Jun - Aug 2011) 



 Nebojsa Cukanovic  

Name: Nebojsa Cukanovic

Age: 24 yrs old

Position: Head Coach

 Degree: Faculty of Sport and Tourism (Bachelor in physical education and sport)

 Playing Experience:

2006-2009 Active Football player, FC Indjija (First Division, Serbia)

2009-2013 Active Football player, FC Hajduk (League of Vojvodina, Serbia)

2009-2013 Football Coach Youngest Category FC Hajduk (All Category from 7-10 and from 11-18 years)

2013-2014 Football Coach Youngest Category FC Indjija (Super League,Serbia) U16.


Craig Curtis

Position: Sports and Facility Coordinator


Degree: Bachelor of science in Business Administration and Sport Management 

Coaching Qualifications:

Football Level 1

Swim Instructor Level 1

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

First Aid at Work

Coaching Experience:

2 years coaching in school and camps while on a scholarship in Florida

2 years coaching in Oxfordshire, UK while working as a Leisure Centre General Manager










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