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Child Development Specialists through Sport. At Playball, we use sport as the means, to enrich every aspect of your child's life. We offer a multi-skill programme, for 2 to 8 year olds, providing learning opportunities and experiences relating to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of your child.

We follow the progression from basic fundamental sports skills, to mini games of tennis, hockey, cricket, rugby, football, basketball, baseball and volleyball. Our action-packed curriculum will engage your little star in fun, age-appropriate, high quality games and activities, ensuring that they have a positive experience with us and enjoy every minute of being physically active!

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Our Coaches

Gareth Hunter
gareth@playballoffice.com // Mobile: 075 387 00951
Hi Everyone, my name is Gareth and I am the Franchise owner for Playball Esher, Walton, Weybridge and Guildford. Originally from South Africa, I have always been passionate about sport, earning provincial colours for rugby, cricket, squash and hockey whilst at school. After completing an Honours degree in Marketing at University, I spent a season playing rugby professionally in the United States before signing with a club in Kent. Although my rugby days are over, I still play club cricket and enjoy my golf thoroughly. I started working for Playball in 2006 before starting my first franchise in 2008. I have a passion for educating and watching the children grow in confidence as they progress through our curriculums is a truly rewarding!
  Playball Esher, Walton and Weybridge Team // Mobile: 075 387 00951
Franckie Austin
Hello everyone, I’m Franckie. I joined the playball team in 2022. I have previously coached younger years at secondary school and a mini football class for 3-6 year olds. My enjoyment comes through all sports and especially football, which I play weekly for a women’s team. I am passionate about developing children’s sport and life skills so they can grow into hardworking, successful people. I can’t wait to meet all of you and to create a happy and exciting environment for your children to be apart of!
Megan Sheperd
Hello everyone, my name is Megan and I joined the Playball team in 2022. I am currently studying a B-Tec in sports coaching and fitness, which is a level 3 course. I have a passion for sport myself as I play for and captain a football team at the moment. I have a passion for working with children and have previously coached an under 9s girls football team. I love seeing the kids enjoying themselves and having fun, whilst learning new skills and encouraging them along the way. I look forward to making positive relationships with you and your children.
Ben Harding
Hi, I’m Ben and have been working as a sports coach since 2016. I started with Playball in July 2020 and have loved meeting and working with the children especially seeing them have fun as well as developing their sports skills. I am a keen sportsman, with a passion for handball and football, with me achieving my FA Level 1 coaching in 2018. I look forward to working with your children giving them a fun and engaging learning experience.
Charlie Ancell
Hi Everyone My name is Charlie and I joined the playball team in 2020. I previously went to a football collage, where I coached a range of different ages from 2-12 years old. I have played football all my life and I am generally a very sporty person, with a passion for teaching. I am looking forward to meeting you all and can't wait to share my enthusiasm and and love of sport to the next generation!
Amby Reeve
Hi My name is Amby. I'm a level 2 qualified fitness instructor with a passion for keeping active and encouraging the younger generation to learn important life skills through sport. Prior to joining Playball, I worked as a sports coach teaching children aged 3-8 in a number of different settings to go with my previous early years experience. I can't wait to meet you all and look forward to seeing you on the courts soon!
Alex ONeil
Hi Everyone, I am Alex. I am a passionate sportsman and teacher, and have joined the Playball team after completing a sport and exercise science degree at the University of Brighton. I have previous experience working with 2–5-year-old children in various foundation phase settings and I thoroughly enjoy combining my passion for sports with working with children. I am currently a competitive sprinter with Walton AC and enjoy exercising regularly in the gym. I look forward to meeting you all and helping to build your child’s confidence so that they are ready to face life’s challenges!
Ty Haskins
Hi Everyone My name is Ty- I have been a sports coach since 2019 and I joined the Playball team in 2023. Originally from South Africa, I grew up playing a wide range of sports, and still play cricket to a high level. Having completed a sports coaching qualification in 2023, I have specialised in cricket and swimming coaching in particular, where I have taught ages 4-16 years for a number of years. I am familiar with the Playball concept having attended classes as a toddler myself, so to come full circle and impart my love sport is really exciting! I look forward to meeting you all on the courts in the coming weeks.

What Makes Playball Special

Children thrive in our fun filled, high quality sport lessons. Creating a learning environment, which boosts confidence and self-esteem, is paramount.

The children will be coached to engage confidently in a wide range of sport skills, preparing them for years of positive, competent sports participation.

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Our Classes

Class Venues

Venue Name Address Actions
Imber CourtPlease use rear gate entrance on Ember Lane- KT8 0BT, KT8 0BTShow Classes
Little Heroes1 Weston Avenue, KT7 0NBShow Classes
Sandown Sports ClubMore Lane, Esher, KT10 8AN, KT10 8ANShow Classes
Sapphires NurserySt Mary's Church Hall, St Mary's Road, , KT8 0STShow Classes
St Albans Catholic Primary SchoolBeachamp Road, KT8 2PGShow Classes
St Pauls Catholic Primary SchoolSt. Paul’s Catholic Primary School Hampton Ct Way Thames Ditton , KT7 0LPShow Classes
The Orchard SchoolThe Orchard School Bridge Road , KT8 9HTShow Classes

Our Camps

Playball holiday camps are tailored to meet the needs of all children aged 3-11 years and are based on the fundamental sport skills for tennis, hockey, cricket, golf, football, rugby, basketball, football, volleyball - just about any ball sport you can imagine!

The purpose of our Playball holiday camps is to provide high quality, age-appropriate and fun holiday activities and keep your kids active during half term and holiday time.

Camp Venues

Venue Name Address Actions
Esher Rugby Club370 Molesey Road , KT12 3PFFind Camps


Playball Birthday Parties- making your child's special day an active one to remember!

Is your child having a birthday party in the next few months? Concerned about entertaining a rowdy bunch of kids? Why not have a Playball Party!!Let our Playball coaches take the reins whilst the parents put their feet up- we will handle all the games and activities for an hour and a half, ensuring that everyone has a fantastic experience on your child's big day! We are happy to tailor the party to a specific theme, or leave it to us to provide a mix of sports and games that will engage boys and girls alike.

What the parents have said..." I recently booked a party for my 3 year old son, which I would highly recommend. The children had a brilliant time and were thoroughly engaged and entertained by the coaches throughout. The party worked really well with lots of fun games and activities provided, so all I had to worry about was the food. The children had a treasure hunt, which they adored and I was delighted that they all went home after 2 hours very happy. My son loved his Playball party and has already asked for another one next year, which I will be booking!" -Ethan's mum

"We had a Playball party last Saturday for my daughter's 5th Birthday, and I have to say, it was perfect- the kids had an absolute blast! The parents were amazed at how every single child was totally engaged and delighted. Gareth has a way with kids which is fascinating to watch- they all adore him and there was constant laughter and activity. He kept them entertained for a solid hour and a half and finished with a treasure hunt which the kids are still talking about. I have been told by many that it was the best Birthday party they had ever been to. I thoroughly recommend Gareth and his team to organise the perfect kids party!" -Sophie and Amelie's mum

"My 3 year old had a Playball party this Summer and it was a huge success. The kids were thoroughly entertained (and worn out!) leaving the mums and dads with a rare chance for some proper time off! Gareth has an extraordinary way of captivating little ones, perfectly balancing his no-nonsense approach with knowing just how to make them laugh and have fun. Might seem expensive, but great value for money in my opinion" -Noah's mum

What is included
- Trained and energised coaches for two hours
- All sports equipment
- Treasure hunt and party bags
- A stress free party; and we will hand you back exhausted but happy children.
- Invitation Templates (if requested)

1 hour of Playball Games and skills with the coaches 30 minute break for tea and birthday cake with parents, to give the kids a chance to recover.
30 minute treasure hunt, after which the kids get to take their full party bags home.

What is not included
- The party venue
- Food
- Music

Cost: The price of a party is determined by the number of children attending:
- up to 10: £175
- up to 20: £225
-up to 30: £275.

If you have any queries or would like to book, please email us with the details and we will check for availability over your proposed dates and times.


We run classes at the following schools and nurseries:

The Orchard School Esher Church School

St Pauls Catholic School

St Alban's Catholic Primary School (Molesey)

Sapphires Day Nursery (Molesey)

Downside Nursery (Cobham)

Little Bears Daycare (Weybridge)

Little Heroes (Esher)

The Grove Nursery (Weybridge)

If you are interested in having Playball classes run at your child's school or nursery, get in touch using the contact form on this page.

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