Meet The Coaches

Sam Bayston – Founder & Managing Director

I have been involved with football since the age of 2. I have been lucky enough to play for some wonderful clubs like Wimborne, Dorchester, Poole Town, Hamworthy and most recently – Shaftesbury.

Since the age of 16 I have always challenged myself with developing my knowledge and working with some of the most incredible managers such as Shaun Brooks, his Son Callum and also Matty Holmes. I started my coaching journey working with children aged 2-6 years old, in our Mini Striker Programme, this was an incredible experience and helped me get to where I am today. All my life I have wanted to bring happiness to people, and having this effect on children seemed to be a natural talent.

This then led on to me managing the first ever Stars team – 4 years ago! I have had the most enjoyable 4 years coaching them, and continue to do this on a weekly basis. The experiences we have shared as a group has helped create a philosophy for all other age groups to follow, on the grounds that this side is one of the most talented in the local area. Not only for their ability, but their listening, mannerisms and the way they conduct themselves all round.

I now work full time for Stars Corporate LTD across its four departments, have a burning desire to support young people in the education sector, and support several local schools, as well as improving young Footballers that attend Stars and will in the future.

My future goal is to have a positive impact on more local children by implementing Stars’ simple philosophy of keeping children on the move for physical and mental health benefits and improving the players, facilities and operations of Stars FC and Stars Football Academy.

Katie Marshallsay

I’m Katie Marshallsay and I am currently playing at Poole Town Ladies FC as well as coaching under 7s at Stars Academy. As I started playing football at 7 years old there were not as many opportunities which meant that I had to keep fighting to play the game we all love. I hope that I can help Stars in making sure football is not just available to all, but also that the future for these young players is bright so they keep enjoying the footballing game.

Becca Witherington

I am a level 2 qualified football coach and have been coaching for almost 5 years including boys and girls teams. I currently am captain of Poole Town Ladies FC and have been playing football for 14 years, of which 5 seasons playing in tier 4 of the women's football pyramid.

At Stars I have the pleasure of coaching the U7s.
I am a firm believer of hard work, teamwork and fun! I love seeing improvements within players individually and as a team.

As a coach I aspire to be the best I can so that I get the best out of the players. I also hope within the next 3 years to begin my journey onto a UEFA B coaching course to progress myself and my teams further.

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