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  • Lee Birch1

    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 Tesco Skills Programme, he worked in professional football and has experience of coachi..

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    Chris Freestone

    Leicestershire, Northamptonshire

    Chris played more than 300 times as a footballer for Middlesbrough and other top clubs, before returning to his hometown to join The FA Tesco Skills Programme in 2007

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    Rebecca Garlick

    Manchester, Isle of Man

    Becky has coached with Everton, Liverpool and her beloved Sheffield Wednesday since moving to Liverpool to complete a BA in Sports Development. She now works with children in the Moss side area.

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    Richard Shuffleton

    Durham, Northumberland

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

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    James Howiantz

    Somerset

    James is an FA Skills coach with the Somerset team.

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    Sarah Fulcher-Arnold

    Suffolk

    Sarah is an FA Skills coach with the Suffolk team.

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    Jack Thurlow

    Essex

    Jack is an FA Skills coach with the Essex team.

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    Kevin Sanders

    Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire

    Skills Team Leader for Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire,  having previously held the post of Football Development Officer with Nottinghamshire FA. Kevin has over 10 years coaching..

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    Kevin Weir

    Devon

    Kevin is a FA Skills coach with the Devon Team.

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    Kristan Hoskins

    East Riding

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

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    Louise Allwood

    Middlesex

    Louise is an FA Skills coach with the Middlesex team.

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    Matt Gale

    London

    Matt is an FA Skills coach in the London team.

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    Sophie Barker

    Lincolnshire

    Sophie is an FA Skills coach with the Lincolnshire team.

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    David Hooper

    Northumberland

    A new addition to the Northumberland FA Skills Team, David has gained previous work experience coaching in schools and grassroots football clubs in a variety of roles such as Spor..

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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 Tesco Skil..

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    Emily Simpkins

    Staffordshire

    Emily is one of the youngest FA Tesco Skills coaches, having come through The FA’s Young Leadership Programme since the age of 16. Before joining the Staffordshire FA Tesco Skills..

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    David Morris

    West Riding

    Before joining The FA Tesco Skills Programme in West Riding, Dave coached for Bradford City Centre of Excellence and Harrogate College Academy, and played in goal for Leeds United.

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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 Tesco 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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    Graeme Sears

    Isle of Man

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

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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 Tesco Skills coach in the Birmingham team.

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    Mark Willis

    Norfolk

    Mark is an FA Tesco 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 Tesco Skills coach in the Devon team.

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  • Rhye Parry

    Rhye Parry

    Leicestershire

    Rhye joined the team in November 2012. He started coaching at Charter Standard Club Level then progressed on to University where he completed his Foundation Degree in Performance ..

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  • Rosi Webb

    Rosi Webb

    Suffolk

    Rosi is an FA Tesco Skills coach with the Suffolk Team.

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    Roxanne Bennett

    Surrey

    Roxanne is an FA Tesco Skills coach with the Surrey team.

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  • Vera Bernabe

    Vera Bernabe Payol

    Dorset

    Vera is an FA Skills coach in the Dorset team. She has gained a lot of experience in Spain, from grassroots clubs and schools as AD Colmenar Viejo, Valdetorres del Jarama FC, A..

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    Daniel Batty

    West Riding

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

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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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    Adam Henry

    London

    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 Tesco Skills coach in the Berks and Bucks team.

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    Andrew Hill

    London

    Andy is an FA Tesco Skills coach in the London team.

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    Andy Beaglehole

    Sheffield and Hallamshire

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

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    Ben Hardaker

    West Riding

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

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    Ben Qualtrough

    Isle of Man

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

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    Carly Farrell

    Sussex

    Carly is an FA Tesco Skills Coach with the Sussex team.

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    Chris Abel

    London

    Christopher is an FA Tesco Skills Coach for the London team.

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    Chris Foreman

    Northumberland

    Chris is an FA Tesco Skills coach with the Northumberland team.

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    Chris Moore

    Durham

    Chris is an FA Tesco Skills coach with the Northumberland team.

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    Dale Brunton

    Northamptonshire

    Dale is an FA Tesco Skill Coach with the Northampton team.

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    Dan Barton

    Middlesex

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

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  • Darel Poole

    Darel Poole

    Shropshire

    Darel is an FA Tesco Skills Coach with the Shropshire team.

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    David Bridges

    Cambs and Hunts

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

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    David Webb

    London

    David is an FA Tesco Skills Coach for the London team.

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    Dominic Edwards

    Cornwall

    Dom is a FA Tesco Skills Coach with the Cornwall team.

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    Elliott Head

    Hampshire

    Elliott is an FA Tesco Skills Coach in the Hampshire team.

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    Emma Coates

    West Riding

    Emma is an FA Tesco Skills Coach with the West Riding team.

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    Gary Webb

    Sheffield and Hallamshire

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

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    Iain Newton

    Lincolnshire

    Iain is an FA Tesco Skills coach with the Lincolnshire team.

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    Ian Dove

    Sussex

    Ian is an FA Tesco Skills coach with the Sussex team.

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    Javier Gorodi

    Gloucestershire

    Javier is an FA Tesco Skills coach in the Gloucestershire team.

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    Kevin Lloyd

    Oxfordshire

    Kevin is a FA Tesco Skills coach in the Oxfordshire team.

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    Kirk McGinn

    Wiltshire, Gloucestershire

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

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    Laura Woodcock

    Cheshire

    Laura is a FA Tesco Skills Coach with the Cheshire team.

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    Leah Grant

    Birmingham

    Leah is an FA Tesco Skills coach with the Birmingham team.

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    Lee Rostron

    Lincolnshire

    Lee is an FA Tesco Skills coach with the Lincolnshire team.

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    Liam Cox

    Durham

    Liam is an FA Tesco  Skills coach with the Durham team.

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    Lloyd Owers

    Oxfordshire

    Lloyd is an FA Tesco Skills coach for the Oxfordshire team.

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    Marc Hilton

    Lancashire

    Marc is an FA Tesco Skills coach for the Lancashire team.

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    Martin Greening

    Northamptonshire

    Martin is an FA Tesco Skills Coach with the Northampton team.

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    Matthew Owens

    Cumberland and Westmorland

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

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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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    Paul Cleworth

    Cheshire

    Paul is an FA Tesco Skills coach with the Cheshire team.

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    Paul Hughes

    Hereford

    Paul is an FA Tesco Skills coach with the Hereford team.

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    Paul Rowe

    Cornwall

    Paul is an Tesco Skills Coach with the Cornwall team.

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    Rajab Noor

    Worcester

    Rajab is an FA Tesco Skills coach in the Worcester team.

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    Rebecca Pilkington

    Cheshire

    Rebecca is a FA Tesco Skills Coach with the Cheshire team.

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    Richard Allen

    Derbyshire

    Richard is an FA Tesco Skill coach with the Derbyshire team.

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    Ryan Howard

    Birmingham

    Ryan is an FA Tesco Skills coach with the Birmingham team.

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    Stacey Miles

    Gloucestershire

    Stacey is a FA Skills coach in the Gloucestershire team. 

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    Sue Elrington

    West Riding

    Sue is an FA Tesco Skills Coach with the West Riding team.

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    Taylor Monk

    Hampshire

    Taylor is an FA Tesco  Skills Coach in the Hampshire team.

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    Thomas Walsh

    Liverpool

    Tommy is a FA Tesco  Skills Coach with the Liverpool team.

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    Tom Penny

    Cumberland and Westmorland

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

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    Vicky Elcome

    Surrey

    Vicky is an FA Tesco Skills coach in the Surrey team.

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    Victoria Summerfield

    Wiltshire

    Victoria is an FA Skills Coach in the Wiltshire team.

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    Tom Beecham

    Staffordshire

    Tom is an FA Skills Coach with the Staffordshire team.

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    Zoe Rushen

    London

    Zoe is an FA Skills coach in the London team.

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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 Tesco Skills team in Nottinghamshire.

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    Pete Sayer

    Kent

    Pete is the Team Leader of the FA Tesco Skills Team in Kent.

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    Ben Wells

    Hertfordshire

    Ben has been coaching since the age of 16, and spent nearly 4 years with Watford Football Club. Ben works in schools and clubs in the St.Albans area with the Hertfordshire FA Tesco skills 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 Tesco Skills Programme, and is bas..

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    Andy Harris

    Dorset

    Andy Harris played professionally for 16 years before becoming taking his coaching qualifications and becoming a skills coach with the Dorset team, based in West Dorset.

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    David Rowland

    Hampshire

    David got into coaching at a young age, which encouraged him to study a Sports Development and Coaching degree. He now works with children in Hampshire with The FA Tesco Skills Programme.

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    Matt Potter

    Liverpool

    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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    Harrison Grant

    Kent

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

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    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 Tesco Skills Surrey 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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    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 Tesco Skills Programme.

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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 Tesco Skills Programme in Bedfordshire.

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    Daniel Saunders

    Berks and Bucks

    Daniel is a talented youth and goalkeeping coach who used to work for Watford FC. He looks after kids and schools in the Milton Keynes area as part of the Berks and Bucks team.

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    Adam Burrows

    Berks and Bucks, Oxfordshire

    Adam has spent his coaching career in Berks and Bucks with Wycombe Wanderers, Reading FC and now The FA Skills Programme. Adam also has experience coaching abroad in America, Europe & Asia.

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    Mark Potter

    Sussex

    Mark has a BA in Football Studies and is an FA Level 2 qualified coach who has experience coaching across the USA, England – and now Newbury as part of the Berks and Bucks team.

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    Jo Potter

    Birmingham

    Jo is a former England and Arsenal Ladies player who starred in two FA Cup Women’s Finals. As an FA Tesco Skills coach in Birmingham she works in the Sheldon area.

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    Danielle Quelch

    Cambs and Hunts

    Danielle has spent the last five years immersed in grassroots football as a volunteer, coach and manager. She now works with children in Cambridge with The FA Skills Programme.

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    Matthew Haniver

    Cambs and Hunts

    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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    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 Tesco Skills Programme.

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    Matthew Collins

    Derbyshire

    Matthew has been coaching children and schools in Derby throughout his coaching career, first with Derby County FC and now as part of the Derbyshire FA Tesco Skills team.

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    Samantha Griffiths

    Derbyshire

    Samantha leads the Derbyshire FA Tesco Skills team, and has been working in grassroots coaching across the Midlands in areas including Chesterfield and Nottingham for her entire career.

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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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    Michael Antrobus

    Dorset

    Michael looked after youth development for MLS side Red Bull New York before returning to England to work with children and schools in Poole with the Dorset FA Tesco Skills team.

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    John Scott

    Dorset

    John joined The FA Tesco 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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    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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    Sam Lee

    East Riding

    Sam balances working in East Riding as an FA Tesco Skills coach with working at a Girls Centre of Excellence – part of her long standing passion for developing young players.

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    Sally Needham

    Sheffield and Hallamshire

    Sally has been coaching children for more than 12 years - with the David Beckham Academy, as Director of Barnsley Girls Centre of Excellence and now as Team Leader in East Riding.

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    Suzanne Smith

    East Riding

    Suzanne is the Team Leader of The FA Tesco Skills team in East Riding.

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    Kevin Baker

    Essex

    Kevin joined The FA Tesco 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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    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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    Rob O’Brien

    Essex

    Rob has been involved in football all his life, from trails with Arsenal and Chelsea to a career in the grassroots game, and from playing to coaching with The FA Tesco Skills team in Essex.

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    Simon King

    Essex

    Simon worked as a volunteer and then a full time coach with Colchester United, before joining The FA Tesco Skills Programme to work with children and schools in Maldon.

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    Marcus Lincoln

    Devon, Cornwall

    Marcus worked for AFC Bournemouth and the New York Red Bulls in America before joining The FA Skills Programme in 2010.

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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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    Steve Brennan

    Hampshire

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

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    Adrian Penrose

    Hampshire

    Adrian became Team Leader of The FA Tesco 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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    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 Tesco..

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    Michael Gilham

    Surrey, Sussex

    Michael has coached boys and girls to play football as a teacher, a coach with AFC Bournemouth and now as part of The FA Tesco Skills Programme working in the Cowplain area.

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    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 Tesco Skills team to work with kids in Dartford.

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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 Tesco Skills Programme in East Riding. Joe works with schools and..

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    Ian Varley

    Kent

    Ian has been with The FA Tesco Skills Programme since it launched in 2007.

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    Alan Williams

    Lancashire, Cumberland and Westmorland

    Alan leads The FA Tesco 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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    Daniel Wilson

    Lancashire

    Daniel started coaching at the age of 14, and has since completed his degree in sports coaching and worked for several clubs before joining The FA Tesco Skills Programme.

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    Jennie Cummins

    Lancashire

    Jennie has played and coached for Stockport County, and currently balances her work with The FA Tesco 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 Tesco Skills Programme.

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    Zuber Patel

    Lancashire

    Zuber has worked for some of the biggest clubs in the North West, at Manchester United and his hometown club Blackburn Rovers before joining The FA Tesco Skills Programme.

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    Chris Gowan

    Leicestershire

    Chris is a former Port Vale player and coach who combines his role with The FA Tesco Skills Programme with managing Leicester University’s football team and a local club.

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    Joe Tinker

    Leicestershire

    Joe has worked for top football clubs from Manchester United to Corby Town FC, and now coaches children in the Blaby and Oadby & Wigston Partnerships as part of The FA Tesco S..

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    Scott Davies

    Manchester

    Scott is a talented coach who balanced studying for a coaching degree with working as a coach and helping two local junior teams, all before joining The FA Tesco 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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    Ian Hendy

    Manchester

    Before joining The FA Tesco 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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    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 Tesco Skills Programme.

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    Callum Martin

    Middlesex

    Callum played for Middlesex and England Schoolboys as a teenager before going on to coach with Tottenham Hotspurs and then The FA Skills Programme in North West London.

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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 Tesco Skills team.

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    Kevin Green

    Middlesex

    Kevin joined The FA Tesco Skills Programme in 2007 and leads the team in Middlesex after a career in academy coaching and talent spotting for two top flight English clubs.

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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 Tesco Skills Programme in Norfolk.

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    Jenna Martin

    Staffordshire, Shropshire

    Jenna has been with The FA Tesco 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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    Mark Dick

    North Riding

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

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  • Dave Scoreby

    Dave Scoreby

    North Riding

    Dave worked in the world of chocolate for 32 years before becoming a full-time coach with The FA Tesco Skills Programme in North Riding, working with children and schools in York.

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    James Lofthouse

    North Riding

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

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    Sam Pearce

    Nottinghamshire

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

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    Simon Lyons

    Somerset

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

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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 Tesco Skills team in Durham.

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    Martin Phillips

    Somerset

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

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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 Tesco Skills Programme in Birmingham.

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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 Tesco Skills team in Staffordshire.

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    Andrew Reynolds

    Suffolk, Norfolk

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

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  • JamesRiches

    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 Tesco Skills team in West Riding after three years with the programme.

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  • Andy Cook

    Andy Cook

    Durham

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

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About the Skills Coaches

The FA Skills Programme employs 158 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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