Meet the Team
Educational Technology Developers for over 11 years

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Keys to Football is part of the EDLounge Ltd group of businesses. Edlounge has a huge track record in delivering education and training across several continents around the world. 

Simon Hall was the lead within the EDLounge customer service team, their expansion of educational establishments and supporting in the increase in content. Simon’s background consists of football as a senior county referee, coaching having established a team and club from nothing. The club grew in the city of football Sheffield from one team to 17 teams of all ages including both male and female teams. 


In education, Simon worked with hard to reach students and their families developing them, getting them to believe in themselves and achieving more than was expected. Simon wouldn’t allow anyone to become a statistic but be the best they could be.  His passion for reaching more and more possible students to be the best was a perfect fit for Simon and EDlounge. Through distance learning Simons extensive safeguarding knowledge meant the improvements were instant. 

In 2018 EDLounge were one of 32 providers to be selected to train via distance and blended learning by the UK government to upskill the UK workforce. 
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Through educating adults as well as our young people, the platform was built, enhanced and was a huge success. The possibilities in sport were unfounded and Simon could see the possibility to begin with for referee development. 

Simon spoke with Keith Hackett former head of the PGMOL in premiership who was responsible for the development of elite match officials and getting them to FIFA standard. 
Keith is a well done match official on the old English division one and then the Premier League. Before replacing Don Howe as the main person in charge. 

Former Head of PGMOL, FIFA Referee, Officiated in over 100 countries. FA Cup Final referee, Euro Finals, Olympic Games, published Author.

Keith who was one of the originals instigators of working with Pro-zone and advanced technology saw the platform and realised the quality and development aspects of it straightaway. Bringing in former premier league officials who also supported the vision Keith and Simon both had. 

Keys to Football took 11 years educational knowledge and Keys to Football was born. Simon and Keith work closely together to ensure so much is correct, including developing a laws of the game app to test players, coaches and match officials. 

This established educational technology company is a great foundation to build a strong training modules for each and every sport. Keys to Football, Keys to rugby league, Keys to Basketball and so so much more. 

Meet the Team including the World Class Experts: They include Coaches, Referees and players. 

Simon Hall

Putting together a group of experts covering the sporting world to advise and guide players, coaching and match officials.
With an education background and helping people be the best they can be. Still active in the Referee Association and part of the mentor scheme locally.

Keith Hackett

Keith worked as a referees’ assessor before, on 1 March 2004, he was appointed general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, replacing Philip Don.

Keith has also worked to promote knowledge of refereeing via several publications. He published his own book, Hackett’s Law; a Referee’s Notebook! in 1986. And he continued to provide the answers for cult classic cartoon quiz You Are The Ref, drawn by sports artist Paul Trevillion, which he has done since the 1970s – originally for Shoot magazine, and then for The Observer newspaper. He co-authored a book with Trevillion celebrating 50 years of the strip in December 2006. And from August 2008, The Observer’s collection of You Are The Ref strips appeared online at

In early 2007, Keith also produced a DVD-ROM with Trevillion called Referee Academy, for use in the training of match officials, with sanction from the FA, the Football League and the Premier League.

FA Cup Final referee 1981
FA Charity Shield 1984
Euro Finals 1988
Olympic Games 1988

Mark Halsey

Former Premier league and FiFA and referee Mark Halsey

Roger Dilkes

Roger Dilkes ex Premier League referee and also a Human Resources guru

Andy Hogg

Former Premier league and FiFA and assistant referee Andy Hogg

Glenn Turner

Former Premier League and FIFA assistant referee

Guy Beale

Former Premier league and FiFA and assistant referee Guy Beale

Ryan Hall

Our Semi professional player and qualified coach advisor to help with tactics and player development. 

Our experts have a huge proven track record in developing areas across the game accessing the Keys to Football will give, players, coaches, referees, clubs, FA’s and Countries a chance to exceed and build foundations for a bright future.

Keys to Football is based in Sheffield the true home of football. Sheffield FC the Worlds oldest football team was formed in 1857. The second oldest club in the world still plays at the Oldest Football Ground in the World

Now Keys toFootball – Leading EDTECH has brought together a team of World Class experts 

Keys to Football is a team made of world-class referees, coaches and mentors with an ultimate aim and that’s to help anyone who needs help and support, this can be an individual referee with a single question to an entire Football Association wanted to build structure and development to the amazing game of football.

This amazing coming together of all these leading professionals with EDLounge LTD whose one of the leading EDTECH companies in the UK at the forefront of CPD, education and development.

Both sets have an aim and that’s to help everyone, this doesn’t just include the Elite, this wholeheartedly includes grassroots across the globe.

Keys to football was born out of a vision that together we can help the game of football move to the next level. The software platform with its tracking and analysis fits every sport and gives in-depth detail to everyone, all you need to do is add the experts.

Knowledge and software are accessible by all. No matter your level our comprehensive e-learning platform and experts will make a difference.