Josh Evans has been coaching soccer for over ten years. Securing his FA Level 1 coaching badge at 15 he became Chelsea’s youngest professional coach and since then has worked for both Crystal Palace and AFC Wimbledon, and internationally. He set up Josh Evans Soccer School in 2010 with a mission to help youngsters develop their soccer skills and their self confidence.
The school works hard to provide coaching excellence to children with a broad range of soccer skills, with every child sharing a common goal of improving his or her soccer performance.
We have grown steadily via word of mouth and now coach over 2500 children a week. We teach in schools, run our own in-season training courses, run three development centres and have our own Academy. We also run hugely popular holiday soccer skills courses and provide one-to-one coaching and soccer-themed birthday parties.
We are enthusiastic, supportive and love seeing children develop their skills, which is why we always tell them, “Be on it. Believe in it. Be you.”
All our activity is supported by two development centres located in Leatherhead and Epsom, with a third about to open in Dorking (April 2018).
Our Academy in Leatherhead is uniquely set up to provide skills, technique and improve the personal development of over 80 young footballers.
Every coach at the Academy is FA qualified and has been trained to coach the Josh Evans way.
12 boys have now signed up with professional academies. Our Academy has also enabled a further 16 young footballers to attend trials with professional clubs.
The Academy offers its players the opportunity to play against top-quality opponents. Recently, we have competed against Bristol City, AFC Wimbledon, Reading and Crystal Palace and have participated in local and regional tournaments. We encourage our players to improve their abilities and gain confidence.
Support is continuously delivered by our team of coaches, all of whom are passionate about the sport and keen to transfer their knowledge, skills and love of the game to every child that walks on our pitches.
Our approach is to create a positive and fun environment that caters for all ages and abilities.
All children will learn and develop at different rates and ages. We provide children with friendly and supportive technical coaching to improve their close control, their 1v1 strategies and their passing and receiving skills.
We help them develop the confidence to learn and think for themselves in a pressure free environment. We want them to be able to express themselves when they play!
MEET THE TEAM
We aim to help young players make the most of their talents, to develop their confidence and to give them the technical skills they need to enjoy the game. We believe this can be done in a fun but structured way. All coaches are: uniformed, first aid trained, DBS/ CRB checked and FA safe guarded. All are fully insured under ‘Josh Evans Ltd’.
Goalkeeping is one area of coaching that requires a particular focus. Josh Evans Soccer School has recruited its dedicated goalkeeping coach, Ian Cobbett.
Ian has coaching credentials both for outfield as well as a focus on goalkeeping.
‘For us, at the start getting 10-15 kids for a day at Ashtead Rec. was massive and now 95 is a regarded as a quiet day: This is a testament to Josh and the team’s dedication, loyalty and hard work. It’s always fun and rewarding working with the other coaches who continue to surprise with innovative ideas which always have the kids’ best interests at heart.
My role is to oversee school PPA, coaching in our academies and after school clubs. My number one passion is Goalkeeping and I strive to create an environment that brings the best out of advanced as well as amateur keepers (and even retired players like myself) and translates into feeling very much like our own personal club at times!
We always provide a welcoming and comfortable place to be, and it’s a pleasure turning up every day to continue the learning process with everyone.
Ian Cobbett, Goalkeeping Coach, Josh Evans Soccer School.
David will be found leading the futsal sessions each Friday nights for all the under 11s to under 14s.
‘I joined the Josh Evans Soccer School team back in Summer of 2012 at age 17. Never having coached before, immediately I knew this was the place I wanted my career to grow. The Soccer School and, especially, Josh’s philosophy in coaching, inspired and captured me instantly and I knew I wanted to become a sports coach. After 18 months of learning as much as I could, I later moved on to further my learning in a different environment with AFC Wimbledon. I have recently returned to Josh Evans Soccer School full time in September 2016, and I feel that as a team of coaches we can create the best possible environment for any child of any ability level to learn and enjoy their time with us.’
David Cole, Operations Manager, Josh Evans Soccer School
- Jamie has experience coaching younger children in schools for Chelsea FC and is FA Level 2 qualified. He is also part of the performance analysis team for the Chelsea FC ladies first team.
- He has a fantastic calm manner with children which allows each child to feel confident to try new things in order to improve.
Fred is great at creating sessions that children find both enjoyable and informative and it is always evident how much fun kids are having when they are in one of Fred’s sessions
Jon works closely with Josh in the Downsend Academy. Jon holds his UEFA B licence, youth module 1,2 & 3 and also has his Coerver Coaching diploma. Jon Currently works at Brentford FC (u13-u16 coach) and has worked with AFC Wimbledon & Charlton Athletic.
Joe is the newest full time member of the team. He has a passion for developing children’s technical ability and 1 on 1 coaching.
Joe works closely with all the schools and heads up the u7 age group at the Academy on Friday nights.
Joe has a beaming and infectious smile that lightens the atmosphere at every session. He has a great rapport with all the players and parents and works hard to simplify each session for the children to understand.
We have high hopes for this young man for the future!
WORK WITH SCHOOLS
We work closely with a number of schools to provide a structured session plan for the academic year by covering a different sport each term. i.e. Football, tag rugby, hockey, handball, gym, athletics, cricket and rounders.
We take responsibility off the teachers and allow them to plan and prepare their own classes, whilst our qualified coaches cater for all abilities to get the best out of all children during their PE lessons.
We are also delighted that we are able to provide schools with extra-curricular classes at the beginning or end of the day.
If you would like to find out more about what we can offer, please CONTACT US.
Josh has shown great entrepreneurial skills by developing his Coaching Company to an outstanding business in the Surrey community. Our Academy continues to work closely with J.E.S.S. and benefits from having a two-way stream of players developing across both organisations
AFC Wimbledon – Academy Manager