FA Coach Mentor Programme
Offering on-the-ground support
cornwall FA COACH MENTORS
meet our fa coach mentors
I am currently the Cornwall U18 manager after many years of playing, then taking on various coaching roles. My full-time job is a PE teacher at Truro School. One of my responsibilities is to run the Football Programme which has developed over the last 10 years.
The Mentoring role interested me because I have always thought we needed to start with the coaches before trying to educate our players. The FA initiative excited me and I knew it was a wonderful opportunity to try and reach out to the football community. I am now in my third year of mentoring and have had contact with over 100 coaches within the club structure. Watching coaches develop in their confidence, and witnessing their players responding in a positive manner after my interventions is the most rewarding part of the role.
Tash Mills (Female & Disability)
I am currently involved in:
FA Coach Mentor
FA L1 and L2 Affiliate Tutor
ACC Head Coach U16's
REC Head Coach U14's
The reason I got into Mentoring:
I am an aspiring coach and have been fortunate enough to have mentors who have supported and guided me so far on my coaching journey and I wanted the opportunity to support other aspiring coaches on their journeys.
I enjoy working with coaches, learning from coaches, sharing best practice and providing opportunities to bounce ideas to help and develop coaches which will ultimately have an impact on the players.
Martin Burnell (East Cornwall & Helston)
I was fortunate to serve in the Royal Air Force as a Physical Training Instructor for over 34years and I was involved in all facets of coaching, development, mentoring and playing football in a military and civilian environment during that period.
With knowledge gain throughout my own football journey I wanted to try and give something back to a sport that had given me so much pleasure and enjoyment. When the opportunity arose for me to become a FA Coach Mentor, I thought it would be great to help Coaches, parents and our younger players. I enjoy the engagement with all the coaches and watching them grow and challenge themselves beyond what they would usually do. I love the support that the teams get for all our FA Coach Mentor’s in Cornwall as we are a passionate football county who want to grow and develop our younger players of the future.
Vicky Fisher (Female and Disability)
I’m incredibly excited to part of the mentoring team. I’ve been coaching since the age of 16 and have experience coaching boys, girls, women’s and disability players both in the UK and overseas.
I’m passionate about developing both players and coaches and the mentoring role gives me the opportunity to support local coaches, share good practice and meet new coaches at different stages of their own coaching journeys. I’ve been lucky to have mentors that have both challenged and inspired me to develop as a coach and I hope to be able to do the same for others on their own journeys.
I am currently employed, in the Defense Aerospace Industry as a ‘Business Development Manager’ for an US based company. My lifelong passion however, has always been football and was fortunate to play my youth football with Southampton FC and Reading FC before joining the RAF as a physical Training Instructor. During the latter years of my playing career, I took my coaching badges and currently hold the ‘UEFA A License’ (level 4) Coaching License. For 5 years’ I was an academy coach at Southampton FC and prior to moving to Cornwall was the lead Tutor for the Worcestershire FA for their Level 1, 2 and 3 coaching courses.
I think the FA coach mentor programme is a fantastic free-to-access initiative that is available to all grass-root coaches. My aim is not only to provide coaching support for individuals on a 1 to 1 basis but also to use my coaching experience to support the whole club with their learning processes from assistance with developing a club philosophy, to match day observation and support. I very much look forward to the challenges ahead and hope that my coaching expertise can assist other coaches and clubs on their individual and collective pathways to success.
I feel fortunate and excited to be a part of the mentoring team in Cornwall, I have always been involved in football in different roles and am looking forward to taking on a new challenge with the mentor role.
Since starting in the role I have been able to work 1:1 and in small groups with local grassroots coaches to provide support and guidance where needed. I am an aspiring coach myself understand the challenges the role can sometimes bring. I have recently completed my UEFA B licence and am looking forward to using that and my other experience to help others pass on the shared passion for football we all have onto their players. I am really looking forward to working with coaches and players across the county.