MEET OUR TEAM
Owner & Director of Coaching
Jamie was born and raised in Bath, England where he played professionally in the Football League for a number of clubs, including Yeovil Town and Torquay United. The former FNQ Heat midfielder played alongside and against some greats of the game, notably playing alongside England and Southampton striker Charlie Austin, and playing against Liverpool in 2004 - Harry Kewell included - in a thrilling FA Cup tie with Yeovil. Jamie has also coached the likes of Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa, Manchester City, Swansea and Celtic).
Towards the latter end of his playing career, Jamie made the move across the world to showcase his talents here in Australia. After stints in New South Wales and Victoria, Jamie relocated up north and was instrumental in FNQ Heat’s rise to fame. Prior to JGFA, Jamie was FNQ Heat's Community Development Officer, delivering junior coaching across clubs and schools, and becoming widely regarded as the region’s leading youth football development coach.
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Operations Manager & Senior Coach
Sander (rhymes with thunder), comes all the way from the Netherlands where he spent most of his life with a ball at his feet. Beginning his coaching career in 1990 for a local club in Holland, he has also played for various clubs in Holland and Australia. Sander has completed a Bachelors Degree in Social & Cultural Education and has over 10 years experience in working with children, teenagers and adults in disadvantaged communities. He now resides in Cairns with his lovely wife Sonya and their three children.
Sander co-ordinates all our school clubs, Little Goslings and Childcare programs, as well as being a senior coach in the academy. His coaching style is perfectly suited for JGFA and he always brings a positive and energetic approach to his sessions.
We believe that Sander's areas of expertise (being a father himself) is beneficial to all our players in the sense of having a great role model and someone who offers patience and encouragement - the very core of JGFA beliefs.
Alex - a former teammate of Jamie Gosling - has an amazing footballing pedigree and is one of the most qualified coaches in Australia.
Alex was a professional footballer for 17 years (1994-2011) in England, playing more than 500 games and scoring 55 goals, having started life at EPL giants Liverpool FC as a youth team player alongside the likes of Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman.
He played for 9 clubs from the Championship (one below the English Premier League) through to the Conference, and has passed his UEFA A Licence (only currently 1,400 coaches have gained this licence in England) and England Football Association Youth Modules 1, 2 & 3.
He also coached for 5 years with Championship side Bristol City from U10s through to senior professional players following the end of his playing career, before making the move to Australia.
Introducing our very lovable Brazilian coach, Naldo! All the way from São José dos Campos, Naldo spent his youth playing futsal and the infamous street football. He has Bachelors and Masters in Education, and has been a dedicated educator with more than seven years of experience as a Physical Education teacher and coach.
If your child has ever had the pleasure of training with Naldo, they'll be sure to see why he is so valued by everyone at JGFA!
Cristian hails all the way from one of the leading football nations in the world - Spain - and is an extremely popular coach among our JGFA players with his enthusiasm for football which has no limits!
Back in Spain, Cristian was Head Coach for La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in their youth setup, as well as coordinating foundation coaching for Real Madrid at their Summer Camps. This experience was invaluable when he took on the role of Technical Director and Head Coach for Inter Móstoles F.C.
Cristian has also coached Lane United FC in the United States.
Since he's been in Australia, Cristian initially was based in Sydney where he was Head Coach for a local club, before making the move to Cairns to join the JGFA coaching team.
Bio coming soon!
Girls Academy Coach
In 2019, JGFA announced Natalie as our first female coach, and she leads our girls program for female soccer players aged 5-16.
Natalie, who is a Health and Physical Education teacher at Cairns State High School, has played soccer for more than 20 years, representing Queensland and Peninsula in school and club football, and was voted Most Valuable Player in Far North Queensland in 2018.
With two older brothers playing soccer, it was almost a given that Natalie would follow them onto the field. The current Leichhardt Football Club Premier Ladies captain-coach started aged 6 with Boogan Stars in Mourilyan, before moving to the Innisfail Cutters.
Since 2012, she has played with Leichhardt Football Club’s Premier Ladies, where she was top goal scorer in 2018.
Media & Marketing Manager
Another native from England, Gavin has made Cairns his home, along with his wife Kylie and their two children (who are both in the academy). Gavin first met Jamie when his son Jake attended a football program led by the former FNQ Heat star, and they have since formed a great friendship.
With the help of Alex Barker-Re, the trio set off to establish Jamie Gosling Football Academy. With Gavin's expertise in marketing, media and being a former journalist, he had all the right skills to give JGFA the start that it needed to become what it is today. He is our go-to for anything media and IT-related, and can always count on him to provide great advice and insight.
He is another football-mad dad, and a popular member of JGFA's Over 35s team. Although it's not his beloved Manchester United, Gavin still shows his undying love for football and dedication to JGFA on and off the pitch.
Admin & Events
Normally the first point of contact at JGFA sessions for many parents and kids is our wonderful JGFA mum Jade! Jade has been with us from the beginning and has the magic touch of organisation in our busy JGFA lives!
When she doesn't have her hands full with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you will see her at the pitch almost every session, liaising with parents, selling merchandise, and making sure everything is running smoothly.
Jade also has her hand in planning our JGFA events, where her input and vision capture the essence of the JGFA family. Being a mother of three herself, Jade knows exactly what life for a soccer mum is like, and therefore strives to make their busy lives that little bit easier.
Jade shares our values and beliefs and we know we've got her full support through all of our ventures. She is an incredibly valued member of the JGFA team and we look forward to many more years with her. That is of course until she finally fulfills her dream of moving to Greece and living the simple life!