Right after his career as a professional soccer player Simon became a youth coach. He started in Belgium at Standard Liege and Germinal Beerschot, and then he coached at the Ajax youth academy. After a couple years of working in Amsterdam, in 2009 Simon went to Saudi Arabia to become a technical coach for the youth academy of Al-Ahli. After five years he returned at Ajax, and now he is responsible as a youth coach for the whole youth academy. In 2015 Simon started his own academy to improve even more youth players. During his coaching career he improved a lot of players in the youth academies of Standard, Germinal and Ajax. A lot of players made it professional and even some of them are still playing at the highest level. Some big names where Simon have worked with are among others Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart, Moussa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen and Justin Kluivert.
Ricardo gained a lot of experience in soccer, first as a player and later as youth coach. He started at Kooger Football Club near Zaandam and became a professional youth player when he was 12. Ricardo played six years of professional soccer in the youth academies of AZ Alkmaar and FC Volendam. He is been coached by professional coaches like Misha Salden, Gideon Dijks, Luc Nijholt, Joop Lensen and Saïd Ouaali. When Ricardo was 18 he had to stop professional soccer because of several injuries, and then he decided to start coaching youth. At this moment Ricardo has more than 10 years of coaching experience as a youth coach and academy director. He is an UEFA B license holder and worked at the Royal Dutch Football Association and at the Ajax youth academy. There he worked with the best coaches like Wim Jonk, Simon Tahamata, Regilio Simons, Joost van Dam, Dennis de Haan and Marco van Galen. Soccer is a big part of Ricardo’s life and his ambition is to organize several soccer activities for youth to help them with their own development.
Because of his uncle Seal felt in love with soccer. Together they went to his uncle’s soccer club FC Pusparagam at Leerdam, as a little boy Seal watched his uncle play. Seal played soccer himself at big amateur clubs Vriendenschaar, Culemborg’67, Fortitudo and VV Tricht. It was 1978 when Seal went to Ajax for the first time with us uncle, in those days Simon Tahamata was still playing at Ajax. That was one of the reasons Ajax became Seal’s favorite team. Next to support the club he is also been chairman at the AFCA society for supporters. During his chairmanship, a historic step was taken by having a vote for the supporters with the board of Ajax. At the Simon Tahamata Soccer Academy Seal is helping the players to motivate and coach them with their mental development. Our slogan ‘hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard’ is made up by Seal. Seal is also our contact for the players parents to discuss about their development and making right decisions in soccer. It’s his ambition that every kid is able to develop their own talent and chase their dreams.
Renaldo is a professional soccer coach specialized in speed- and agility drills. After he graduated at CIOS, he completed several courses to become a specialist in coaching soccer players in speed and agility. The first years of his career as a coach he started in amateur soccer, but Ajax noticed soon that Renaldo was good in doing his job. Former academy director Danny Blind and former technical director Louis van Gaal offered Renaldo to work and be a part of the Ajax youth academy. It was his responsibility to improve the Ajax youth players with speed and agility drills. Renaldo worked for Ajax from 2004 to 2010 and then he left the club for an international experience. He became a coach at the Al-Ahli youth academy in Saudi Arabia and worked there for 4 year with Simon. At this moment Renaldo is working for the Ajax Coaching Academy, he organizes camps and gives presentations abroad about his work. Since 2016 Renaldo is involved at STSA, where he is a great value for our youth players.
Omar started his soccer career at big amateur clubs CVV Vriendenschaar and Fortitudo (now Focus’07). When he was just 13 years old, Omar made his debut in the 1st team and he played in the national district team. Omar got noticed by the scouts of professional clubs and was invited to trial at Ajax, FC Utrecht and PSV. He got selected by all teams but Omar wanted to join the Ajax youth academy, in total he played 11 years for Ajax. During his last year as a professional player he played at Go Ahead Eagles in the season 1996-1997. After one year playing at UVV in Utrecht at amateur level Omar decided to play futsal. Because of his good performances at his clubs he was selected by the national Dutch futsal team where he played 10 games for. Omar ended his career back at his old club CVV Vriendenschaar, and then he became a youth coach at the same club. Sinds 2017 Omar is involved at STSA and he experience a lot of joy and fun with all coaches and he is proud to work with a professional like Simon.
Richard started with playing soccer at Go Ahead Kampen en played there until he was 15 years old. In this period Richard had a trial at PEC Zwolle but didn’t make it to their professional academy. He decided to join the VSCO academy and played at IJVV IJsselmuiden in the U19’s and 1st team. Because of a heavy injury he stopped playing soccer and started to focus on his career as a youth coach. He started as a technical coach for U8 to U12 teams at VSCO. After that Richard coached the U15’s and U17’s at IJVV IJsselmuiden and gained also experience at the 1st team as a assistant. At this moment he is coaching IJVV U13’s and he is coordinating the youth academy at IJVV. Richard is a UEFA B holder and is since 2017 involved at STSA. He loves coaching the STSA talents every Sunday morning and hopes that we will develop even more kids throughout the whole country.
TIM VAN HORN
Tim is playing soccer at TOB in Amsterdam and several years ago he started to build a youth academy. This season they have a couple youth teams in the youngest age groups, now Tim is helping and supporting all coaches with their own teams. Tim gained experience at academies in Holland like Balcontrole and Talent Goals and in Brasil. In 2017 Tim worked at Laranja Mecanica, this academy wants to develop young Brazilian players and make them ready to go overseas to Europe. Since September 2017 Tim is involved at STSA and it’s his ambition to be part of it for years. As a coach Tim thinks individual development is the most important in soccer, he believes every player needs to have as much touches with the ball as possible. Passing, receiving, cutting, turning and skills are easy to improve when you repeat a lot. When the basic is good, players can improve other things!