FA Coach Mentor Programme

The FA Coach Mentor Programme is a major investment in the grassroots game and offers on-the-ground support to coaches across the county.

About the Coach Mentors

In 2016/17 the FA Coach Mentor programme invested £16,150 to support 87 grassroots coaches in Cornwall supporting coaches from the start of their coaching ladder through to Youth Module 3 coaches. The FA sees the development of coaches as central to the development of the game, and working collaboratively accelerates learning and supports coaches’ development.

Mentoring support could include:

  • Developing a whole club philosophy
  • Group coaching demonstrations
  • 1:1 coaching, match-day observation and support
  • Signposting to relevant courses and events
  • Needs analysis for individual coaches
  • Modelling of coaching sessions for individual coaches
  • Individual feedback
  • An individual learning programme

Take a look at this short video about the Club Mentor Programme : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klNkkSf8AOI

Meet the Cornwall Coach Mentor Team

Dave Lea (West Cornwall & Truro)

I am now into year three of The FA Coach Mentor program and have links into five clubs in the county. I saw this role as a great opportunity to continue my passion for football and coaching. I never cease to become tired of seeing young people playing football and enjoying every minute of it and for me to encourage coaches to make that involvement even better is just a great feeling.

Coaching, mentoring, planning sessions, talking football and meeting all those people who give their time to volunteer to coach teams, be it the under 8's or the under 16's, why wouldn't you want to be involved? I am fortunate enough to be able to continue my learning journey in coaching and I only hope that in my journey I will be help and encourage other coaches along theirs.

Glynn Hooper (Mid Cornwall)

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 (St Agnes, 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.

Female Coach Delivering

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.   



Feedback from the Coaches part of the Programme

Our Mentors work hard to help individuals develop their coaching and delivery so its always nice to get positive feedback, here are some of the comments from coaches involved;


Name: Dave

Club: St Day

Mentor: Dave Lea

"I just wanted to say thank you for providing advice and support yesterday morning. The players (even though we only had three) went away happy after another FUN session. After speaking to a few parents afterwards they felt it was another session that met their child's needs. So thank you for being apart of that session. I look forward to the next training session that you will be able to attend"


Name: Barry

Club: Truro City

Mentor: Dave Lea

"I just wanted to send you a quick note. I know you are aware of me completing my youth award yesterday, so, I wanted to say a massive thank you to you personally because you have been a great mentor for me and also other members here at Truro city youth. Dave, you have always assisted me in lots of challenges that I have faced in my coaching pathway and also on the mod 3 with the guidance and reassurance you have given me I believe you have guided me through this challenge with the outcome being successful. You’re a fantastic mentor and a  great bloke. I look forward to my next step in my pathway."


Want to be part of the programme?

To register your interest in the FA Coach Mentor Programme please complete the following online form;



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