James Bates - Academy Coach
- British Football Academy Tokyo - Coach
- English FA Level 1 Qualified Coach
- Tokyo Metropolis League - Operations Manager
- BFA interLiga - Organizer/Manager
- King George FC - Player/Manager
East Anglian 'legend' James is a pocket sized footballing dynamo. He had notable success as a school boy playing for West Suffolk and East Anglia. As a player James loves a good tackle and to display his wide range of passing. He (loosely...) bases his playing style on his favourite player...Paul Scholes, who he describes as the consumate ball player, a player who never loses the ball.
As a coach (where he has won the TML division 3 title with King George FC) he encourages his players to play a fast, expansive game with the emphasis on attack. James has extensive coaching experience in England and Japan working with youngsters and adults. He always coaches with a smile and never fails to pass on his infectious love of the game to his charges.