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Who are Tekkers?

Tekkers Football Academy was established in 2015 as a football coaching organisation in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

We are in 9 locations across the Kingdom and employ 12 coaches

We are the biggest and most successful sports academy in the country

Tekkers is owned by ex England and current Bahrain national team footballer Deena Rahman, ex Director of Arsenal soccer schools worldwide Paul Shipwright and current General Secretary of the Bahrain Olympic Association Mohamed Al Nusuf.


Mission Statement

To provide sports training for children aged 18months - 18 years and adults regardless of ability, background, religion or gender.

The academy’s programme for learning is naturally centred on sports activities, yet we consider that we offer many other aspects which are important for a young person to develop as an individual in society.

We are committed to ensuring that all young players associated with Tekkers acquire good values and standards which will sustain them throughout their lives, irrespective of their ultimate achievements as sports players.

We consider that a central feature of our role as coaches is to ensure that all players acquire the value of confidence , self-esteem, respect for others, loyalty, self- discipline and commitment to the cause.



Empire Sports Academy believes in playing exciting football, inspiring players to take responsibility for their own development, assist in maximizing their potential and to build their character, both on the field and off the field. Our philosophy at Empire Sports Academy? Learn the beautiful game, enjoy the beautiful game and make memories that will last a lifetime.


Who are Tekkers?

Deena Rahman

Tekkers A former England U18 International and current Bahrain national player. Bahrain recently won a gold medal in the GCC games. She has played for Fulham FC and Arsenal in England, winning every honour available (Premier League, FA Cups, League Cups, Community Shield). She has coached the Egyptian National U19 Ladies team, and was Senior Coach at the Arsenal Soccer school in Bahrain, where she coached teams to numerous league and cup successes.

Paul Shipwright 

A former Arsenal youth player who represented the South of England. He worked at Arsenal Football Club for 10 years, establishing the club as the leading international soccer school operator.


Mission Statement

A person associated with Tekkers Academy is engaged to learn and develop.

Each person will be embraced by a culture of learning. Our aim is that all players are happy, content, enthusiastic and dedicated.

Tekkers Academy provides a welcoming environment, which is professionally structured to offer the opportunity for players to thrive and gain success.

No one can reliably predict the future of any young player, but we hope that when a player leaves Tekkers, at whatever age, he/she will be able to reflect on their association with us as being positive, worthwhile and fruitful… ultimately they will always be a part of the Tekkers Family



At Empire Sports Academy, our goal is to identify, develop and produce the talented footballers the U.A.E. has to offer.

By providing the best football experience from an early age, Empire Sports Academy strives to pursue excellence in a professional and competitive setting whilst also ensuring a fun, friendly atmosphere and a lasting experience at the Academy.

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