The FA Coach Mentor Programme

FA Coach Mentor Programme

Offering on-the-ground support

Here to support you every step of the way.

About the Programme 

This programme represents a major investment in the grassroots game and offers on-the-ground support to FA Charter Standard Clubs, leagues and target groups. 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 for coaches in Cornwall could include:
• Developing a whole club philosophy
• Group coaching demonstrations
• 1:1 observation and support
• Signposting to relevant courses and events
• Needs analysis for individual coaches
• Modelling of coaching sessions 
• Individual feedback
• An individual learning programme
For more information please view this video HERE

Cornwall FA Coach Mentors Group Pic


For season 2019/20 we will be focusing our coach mentoring support in the following areas:

Qualification support – If you are due to attend a course or have recently attended a course and would like some help implementing the learning with your players.

Club Improvement Programme – . If you are not part of the Club Improvement Programme but believe an FA Coach Mentor could support your club.

Coaching in the female game – If you are a female coach or a coach who works with female players and would like support with your coaching.

Coaching in the disability game - If you are a disabled coach or a coach who works with disabled players and would like support with your coaching.

To register for support in any of the areas listed above please complete this form. All applications will be reviewed and we will respond in 14 days. If you have not heard back from us in 14 days


For all other enquiries please contact


            Mentoring in Cornwall -                                      The Impact . . .
Here in the county we have 6 FA Coach Mentors supporting coaches within the grassroots game, last season they supported the County with;

Highlights - Hours

• The FA Coach Mentor Programme has delivered 722.5 hours across Cornwall during season 2018/19 

• This represents an investment of £18,062.50 into grassroots football in Cornwall 

• Our average contact time has increased to 4.4 hours

Highlights - Coaches supported

• The FA Coach Mentor programme has supported 163 coaches in Cornwall during season 2018/19 

• Our engagement with coaches has diversified with the mentor team supporting 89 white males, 57 White females, 11 BAME Males, 4 Disabled Males and 2 Disabled females.


meet our fa coach mentors

Glynn Hooper

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. 

Glynn Hooper Coach Mentor


Vicky Fisher Coach Mentor


Vicky Fisher 

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 coaches at different stages of their 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. 



Martin Burnell 

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.   

FA Mentor Martin Burnell Profile


Beth Willshaw


Beth Willshaw

In my 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.

Nick Oswald

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.

Nick Oswald Coach Mentor



No. The FA Coach Mentor programme is a free FA initiative where a Coach Mentor can offer up to 100 hours of support per season.

Clubs that are keen to develop a positive coaching ethos, philosophy and develop their own in-house mentoring/coach support system.

Coaches can utilise this opportunity to start a legacy of positive coaching within their own clubs.

The FA Coach Mentor Programme is also committed to providing 5000 hours per season specifically to work with BAME, female and disabled coaches across the country.

If you are a BAME coach or working with BAME coaches/players and would like some support from one of our Coach Mentors, please contact Steve Smithies with your name, club name, age group and the County FA that you are affiliated to –

If you are a female coach or working with female coaches/players and would like some support from one of our Coach Mentors, please contact Samantha Griffiths with your name, club name, age group and the County FA that you are affiliated to –

If you are a coach with a disability and would like some support from one of our Coach Mentors, please contact Kevin England with your name, club name, age group and the County FA that you are affiliated to

If you are interested in becoming an FA Coach Mentor please check our website for vacancies. If no vacancies are available contact the Regional Coach Mentor Officer in your region who can provide an update of the programme in and around your area.

Please note that there two application periods throughout the season - June and December.

Pre-requisites to become an FA Coach Mentor are:

  • Minimum FA Level 2 in Coaching Football
  • Member of The FA Licensed Coaches Club
  • Valid FA Criminal Record Check

North West – Steve Smithies –

North East – Graeme Carrick –

East Midlands – Samantha Griffiths –

West Midlands – Andy Somers –

East – Darren Moss –

South East – Kevin England –

London/ Armed Forces/ Jersey/ Guernsey – Kevin Green –

South West – Ciara Allan –

Get In Touch

For more information on The FA Coach Mentor programme, please contact:

Ciara Allen

Tele: 07812670154                                    Email:

If you would like to register your interest to be part of the programme and receive mentor support please click HERE