Helping Matt Le Tissier’s Search for the Soccer Stars of the Future

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MLT Sponsorship

Smith Newmans Sponsors MLT Natural Coaching



A sponsorship deal struck between Hampshire accountants Smith Newmans and the company set up by local footballing legend Matt Le Tissier is helping fund a community sports project launched in more than 20 schools across Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Smith Newmans, a firm of accountants, business and tax advisers based near Winchester, is sponsoring football coaching programmes run by Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching, which was set up by the former Southampton FC star and his fellow Saints team-mate, Francis ‘Franny’ Benali.

Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching’s main goal is to provide local children aged 3 to 18 with an opportunity to be coached using a “play with freedom” philosophy and build their confidence, whilst also giving them the chance to play and be seen by professional football clubs.

Searching for Soccer Stars of the Future

MLT Natural Coaching and Smith Newmans

Programmes are currently being run in schools in and around Southampton, Eastleigh, Winchester, North Baddesley and Salisbury.

The new sponsorship from Smith Newmans will go towards funding new equipment and team kit for the aspiring youngsters, with the coaches wearing new shirts sporting the Smith Newmans company logo.

Director of Smith Newmans Nigel Newman explains: “We’ve been Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching’s accountants since the company began and the community programmes they run are truly inspiring – supporting kids through sport and helping to spot the footballing stars of the future. As a local firm we wanted to alleviate some of the funding issues and help this valuable community project expand into other local schools.”

Matt Le TissierMatt Le Tissier adds: “Obviously it’s fantastic for Smith Newmans to support us. The funding will help the community coaching programme in the schools across the Hampshire and Wiltshire area. It’s a great opportunity for kids to come and play football and learn in a supportive and positive environment with top coaches. This is just the beginning for us – and we may just find the next big star of the Premier League!”

Find out more about Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching at

Watch the launch video here:

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