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    Tom Beecham

    Staffordshire

    Tom is an FA Skills Coach with the Staffordshire team.

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    Brent Freeman

    Staffordshire

    Brent is an FA Level 2 qualified coach and has completed the FA Youth Award Modules 1 and 2. He works in the Staffordshire Skills team of The FA Skills Programme, and is based in ..

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    Simon Lyons

    Somerset

    Simon was born and bred in Somerset, and has returned to the county with The FA Skills Programme after playing football for Arsenal, Torquay United and Minehead Town.

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    Martin Phillips

    Wiltshire

    Martin played professional football with Man City, Portsmouth and Plymouth among others before moving into coaching with his former clubs and now The FA Skills Programme.

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    Andrew Horne

    Somerset

    Andy is a coaching expert having completed a Masters in Sport and Exercise Science before joining The FA Skills Programme in 2007 and moving to Gloucestershire in 2010.

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    Kevin Lloyd

    Oxfordshire

    Kevin is a FA Skills coach in the Oxfordshire team.

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    Stephen Stennett

    Nottinghamshire

    Steve is a member of the Nottinghamshire Skills Team and has been coaching for over 10 years.

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    Sam Pearce

    Nottinghamshire

    Samantha was a multi-sports community coach for her local council before joining The FA Skills Programme in Nottinghamshire, working with children in Kirby-in-Ashfield.

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    Emma Dennis

    Nottinghamshire

    Emma has studied and lectured on sports science and football, and established herself as a coach in the UK and America before joining The FA Skills team in Nottinghamshire.

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    Pawel Guziejko

    Norfolk

    Pawel has worked as a coach in Poland, the USA and England, most recently as a community coach with Norwich City before joining The FA Skills Programme in Norfolk.

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    Gary Roberts

    Middlesex

    Gary has spent over ten years coaching in West London, and now works in Enfield and Hillingdon with the Middlesex FA Skills team.

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    Steve Hardman

    Manchester

    Steve started his coaching career with Preston North End before moving to the USA and then Wigan before settling in Manchester and Salford with The FA Skills Programme.

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    Ian Hendy

    Manchester

    Before joining The FA Skills Programme to work with schools and children in Manchester, Ian worked for New York Red Bulls, Wolves Girls Centre of Excellence and Aston Villa.

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    Zoe Rushen

    London

    Zoe is an FA Skills coach in the London team.

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    David Webb

    London

    David is an FA Skills Coach for the London team.

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    Chris Abel

    London

    Christopher is an FA Skills Coach for the London team.

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    Thomas Walsh

    Liverpool

    Tommy is a FA Skills Coach with the Liverpool team.

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    Rob Oakley

    Cheshire

    Rob has a BA in Sports Development and spent five years coaching in America. He has now returned to England to coach children in Chester as part of The FA Skills Programme.

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    James Burton

    Cheshire, Liverpool

    James has a degree in Sports Coaching Science and has worked in Shropshire, Liverpool, Manchester and now Cheshire helping young football players to reach their full potential.

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    Lee Rostron

    Lincolnshire

    Lee is an FA Skills coach with the Lincolnshire team.

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    Iain Newton

    Sheffield and Hallamshire

    Iain is an FA Skills coach with the Sheffield and Hallamshire team.

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    Jennie Swarbrick

    Manchester, Isle of Man

    Jennie has played and coached for Stockport County, and currently balances her work with The FA Skills Programme with coaching at Blackburn Rovers Centre of Excellence.

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    Chris Hurst

    Lancashire

    Chris knows the coaching scene in Wigan inside-out, previously coaching for Wigan Sport Development and now working in the city as part of The FA Skills Programme.

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    Alan Williams

    Lancashire, Cumberland and Westmorland

    Alan leads The FA Skills team in Lancashire after a career coaching in professional and grassroots football in Bolton, Blackpool and Burnley, as well as playing in goal for the county.

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  • Pete Sayer

    Pete Sayer

    Devon, Cornwall

    Pete is the Team Leader of the FA Skills Teams in Devon and Cornwall.

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    Ian Varley

    Kent

    Ian is an FA Skills Team Leader with the Kent team. Ian has been with The FA Skills Programme since it launched in 2007.

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  • Harrison Grant

    Harrison Grant

    Kent

    Harrison has an extensive background in sports science and football coaching. Harrison is an FA Skills coach with the Kent team.

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  • Darren Phillips

    Darren Phillips

    Kent

    Darren spent eight years at Charlton Athletic Community Trust and started his own football club in Kent before joining the county’s FA Skills team to work with kids in Dartford.

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    Paul Hughes

    Hereford

    Paul is an FA Skills coach with the Hereford team.

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    Taylor Monk

    Hampshire

    Taylor is an FA Skills Coach in the Hampshire team.

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    Steve Brennan

    Surrey

    Steve has coached for Aldershot Town, Fulham FC and Chelsea FC before joining The FA Skills team in Hampshire to work with schools and children in the Petersfield area.

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    Elliott Head

    Dorset

    Elliott is an FA Skills Coach in the Dorset team.

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    Adrian Penrose

    Hampshire, Dorset

    Adrian became Team Leader of The FA Skills team in Hampshire in 2010 after 3 years with the programme. He previously worked for Sussex County FA and Brighton and Hove Albion.

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    Kirk McGinn

    Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire

    Kirk is the Team Leader for the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire team.

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    Javier Gorodi

    Gloucestershire

    Javier is an FA Skills coach in the Gloucestershire team.

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    Lauren Phillips

    Essex

    Lauren starred for Fulham, Charlton and Millwall Lionesses as a player and has coached for the David Beckham Academy and West Ham United Ladies.

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    Kevin Baker

    Essex

    Kevin joined The FA Skills Programme in the Braintree and Stansted area after teaching PE at a number of schools and working for Southend United Centre of Excellence.

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    Sam Hardy

    East Riding

    Sam is an FA Skills coach with the East Riding team.

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    Joe Tomlinson

    East Riding

    A former Hull City player, Joe had experience as a PE teacher in primary schools before joining The FA Skills Programme in East Riding. Joe works with schools and children in Hull.

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    Liam Cox

    Durham

    Liam is an FA Skills coach with the Durham team.

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    Ian Raine

    Durham

    Ian has been coaching and developing young players for 15 years, first with Durham County FA, Hartlepool and Sunderland before joining The FA Skills team in Durham.

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  • Andy Cook

    Andy Cook

    North Riding

    Before joining The FA Skills Programme, Andy worked with Darlington FC and Teesside Girls C of E before moving to Arsenal Ladies.

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    John Scott

    Dorset

    John joined The FA Skills Programme to coach around Shaftesbury from AFC Bournemouth, where he started working after helping his local football club to thrive as Head Coach.

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    Bobby Green

    Derbyshire

    Bobby has been working with 5 to11 year olds across the Midlands for more than 16 years, helping to develop boys and girls as young footballers and to improve their football skills.

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    Nick Rigg

    Cumberland and Westmorland

    Nick is an FA Skills coach for the Cumberland and Westmorland team.

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    Matthew Owens

    Cumberland and Westmorland

    Matthew is an FA Skills coach for the Cumberland and Westmorland team.

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    Paul Rowe

    Cornwall

    Paul is an FA Skills Coach with the Cornwall team.

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    Dominic Edwards

    Cornwall

    Dom is a FA Skills Coach with the Cornwall team.

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    Rebecca Pilkington

    Cheshire

    Rebecca is a FA Skills Coach with the Cheshire team.

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    Paul Cleworth

    Cheshire

    Paul is an FA Skills coach with the Cheshire team.

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    Matt Potter

    Liverpool, Lancashire

    Matt has been coaching football since the age of 15, volunteering with the youngest age group at the same grass roots club that he played. Since this point he has combined coachin..

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    Laura Woodcock

    Cheshire

    Laura is a FA Skills Coach with the Cheshire team.

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    Matthew Haniver

    Cambs and Hunts, Northamptonshire

    Matthew works with schools and clubs in Huntingdon after a playing career with Cambridge United and helping Histon to heroics in non league football and The FA Cup.

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    David Bridges

    Cambs and Hunts

    David is a FA Skills coach in Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire team.

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    Ryan Howard

    Birmingham

    Ryan is an FA Skills coach with the Birmingham team.

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    Martin Greening

    Birmingham

    Martin is an FA Skills Coach with the Birmingham team.

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    Leah Grant

    Leicestershire

    Leah is an FA Skills coach with the Leicestershire team.

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    Carly Davies

    Birmingham

    Carly has been playing and coaching with Aston Villa since she was 15, helping them reach The FA Premier League before joining The FA Skills Programme in Birmingham.

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    James Lofthouse

    North Riding

    James was named Grassroots Coach of the Year in North Riding before joining The FA Skills team in the same county to work with children and schools in Northallerton.

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    Lee Burch

    Hampshire

    Lee has a wealth of experience developing boys and girls in Hampshire with the County FA, Southampton and now with The FA Skills Programme in Totton and Southampton.

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    Stephen Maker

    Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire

    Steve is the Team Leader of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire teams. Before joining The FA Skills Programme, he worked in professional football and has experience of coaching kids in the USA.

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    Richard Shuffleton

    Durham, Northumberland

    Richard is The Team Leader for The FA Skills Programme in County Durham and Northumberland.

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  • Chloe Brown

    Chloe Brown

    Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

    Chloe is an FA Skills coach with the Leicestershire and Rutland team.

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  • Chris Timmins

    Christopher James Timmins

    Gloucestershire

    Chris is an FA skills coach with the Gloucestershire team.

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  • Gary Marheineke

    Gary Marheineke

    Cambs and Hunts

    Gary is an FA Skills coach with the Cambs and Hunts team.

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  • Jack Thurlow

    Jack Thurlow

    Essex

    Jack is an FA Skills coach with the Essex team.

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  • Jack Heaselden

    Jack Heaselden

    Sussex, Hampshire

    Jack is an FA Skills coach with the Sussex and Hampshire teams.

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  • James Howiantz

    James Howiantz

    Somerset

    James is an FA Skills coach with the Somerset team.

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  • Jamie Pitman

    Jamie Pitman

    Hereford

    Jamie is an FA Skills coach with the Herefordshire team.

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  • Jess Simnett

    Jess Simnett

    Derbyshire

    Jess is an FA Skills coach with the Derbyshire team.

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  • MitchelWoodward

    Mitchel Woodward

    Berks and Bucks

    Mitchel is an FA skills coach with the Berks and Bucks team.

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  • Sam Keates

    Sam Keates

    Lancashire

    Sam is an FA skills coach with the Lancashire team.

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    Simon Harris

    Durham, Northumberland

    Simon is an FA Skills Coach with the Durham Team.

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  • Kevin Weir

    Kevin Weir

    Devon

    Kevin is a FA Skills coach with the Devon Team.

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    Mark Humphrey

    Bedfordshire

    Mark has played football all his life, for teams like Luton Town and Peterborough, and now coaches full time in Bedfordshire as part of The FA Skills Programme.

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    Kristan Hoskins

    Lincolnshire

    Kristan is an FA Skills coach with the Lincolnshire team.

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    Louise Allwood

    Middlesex

    Louise is an FA Skills coach with the Middlesex team.

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    Sophie Barker

    Lincolnshire

    Sophie is an FA Skills coach with the Lincolnshire team.

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    Jim McGettrick

    Birmingham, Hereford, Worcester

    Jim has been a coach for 10 years and has a degree in Sports Education. As a player, he played for Birmingham City and several non-league clubs. Jim now works as The FA Skills Tea..

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    Matthew Potter

    Suffolk

    Matthew has worked for Luton Town, Stevenage Borough, Rushden and Diamonds and Norwich City and now coaches children and schools in the Hartismere Partnership area and is Head Coa..

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    Spencer Thorpe

    Norfolk

    Spencer joined The FA Skills Programme in 2007 and joined the Norfolk team in 2010, working with children in Norwich after previously coaching in the city with Norwich City.

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    Kieran Fox

    Hertfordshire

    As a teenager, Kieran played & captained Stevenage Football Club & Hitchin Town FC, Kieran also represented West Essex Schools at Under-12 and Under-13 level. 
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    Liam Parkes

    Birmingham

    Liam is an FA Skills coach in the Birmingham team.

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    Mark Willis

    Norfolk

    Mark is an FA Skills coach with the Norfolk Team.

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    Paul Cowie

    Birmingham

    Paul is an FA Skills coach with the Birmingham team.

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    Rebekah Rose

    Devon

    Rebekah is an FA Skills coach in the Devon team.

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    Rosi Webb

    Suffolk

    Rosi is an FA Skills coach with the Suffolk Team.

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    Daniel Batty

    West Riding

    Dan works with children and schools in Harrogate and Selby with The FA Skills team in West Riding after studying a degree in Sports Coaching Science and working as a teacher.

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    Dan Barton

    Middlesex

    Dan is a FA Skills coach in the Middlesex team. Dan has been coaching 5 – 11 year olds ..

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    Harjit Singh

    Bedfordshire

    Harj has worked within the local football community within Bedfordshire for many years, coaching at a local club in Bedfordshire, fo..

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    Mark Rivers

    Berks and Bucks

    Mark has been involved in grassroots coaching for almost 20 years, working with the community programmes at clubs including Reading and Plymouth Argyle before joining The FA Skills Programme.

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    Adam Henry

    London, Middlesex

    Adam is the Team Leader of the FA Skills team in London.

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    Adam Morris

    Berks and Bucks

    Adam is a FA Skills coach in the Berks and Bucks team.

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    Andrew Hill

    Essex

    Andy is an FA Skills coach in the Essex team.

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    Andy Beaglehole

    Sheffield and Hallamshire

    Andy is an FA Skills Coach with the Sheffield and Hallamshire team.

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    Natasha Orchard-Smith

    Bedfordshire

    Natasha got into coaching after taking over her son’s school team, and now works with many more kids in the Redborne area as part of The FA Skills Programme in Bedfordshire.

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    Ben Hardaker

    West Riding

    Ben is an FA Skills Coach with the West Riding team.

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    Carly Farrell

    Sussex

    Carly is an FA Skills Coach with the Sussex team.

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    Ben Qualtrough

    Isle of Man

    Ben is an FA Skills coach with the Isle of Man team.

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    Ian Dove

    Sussex

    Ian is an FA Skills coach with the Sussex team.

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    Rajab Noor

    Worcester

    Rajab is an FA Skills coach in the Worcester team.

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    Stacey Miles

    Gloucestershire

    Stacey is a FA Skills coach in the Gloucestershire team. 

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    Tom Penny

    Cumberland and Westmorland

    Tom is an FA Skills coach for the Cumberland and Westmorland team.

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    Victoria Summerfield

    Wiltshire

    Victoria is an FA Skills Coach in the Wiltshire team.

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  • Jamie McDonough

    Jamie Mcdonough

    Surrey

    James has worked in sports coaching for many years, both in England and overseas. He is now a coach in the FA Skills Surrey team.

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    Robbie Pringle

    North Riding

    Robbie works with schools and children in Gateshead with The FA Skills Programme after studying coaching at Northumbria University and working for Newcastle United.

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    Gavin Nelson

    Staffordshire

    Gavin has a BA in Sports Development and Coaching and spent time coaching across the world in Ireland, England and America before joining The FA Skills team in Staffordshire.

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    Jenna Martin

    Staffordshire, Shropshire

    Jenna has been with The FA Skills Programme for three years, becoming Team Leader in Staffordshire in 2010 and working with children and schools in and around Stone.

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    Andrew Reynolds

    Suffolk, Norfolk

    Andrew works with children in schools in Ipswich with The FA Skills team in Suffolk after playing for Ipswich Town and helping them to win The FA Youth Cup in 2005.

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  • James Riches

    James Riches

    West Riding

    James has a degree in Sports Psychology and a Masters in Sport and Exercise Science, and now heads up The FA Skills team in West Riding after three years with the programme.

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    Mark Dick

    North Riding

    Mark has helped develop talented young players with Middlesbrough FC and with The FA Skills Programme, watching some go on to win professional contracts and play for England.

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About the Skills Coaches

The FA Skills Programme employs over 100 full time coaches across 44 counties. All of our coaches have taken The FA Youth Award and are specialists in coaching children aged 5-11.  The FA takes the welfare of children very seriously, all FA Skills coaches are enhanced CRB checked.  Above all, they are chosen for their ability to inspire young players to improve and to love the game.

Find out more about The FA Youth Award here.

 

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