The history of the Josh Evans Soccer School, began with a young man who had the vision to combine a passion for sport with a commitment to provide children with the highest standards of coaching. Founded in 2010 in Surrey by an enthusiastic and spirited 18-year-old, Josh Evans, the Josh Evans Soccer School has grown from strength to strength.


Today, have a valuable standing in the communities in which we serve, providing coaching excellence to children with a broad range of soccer skills, with every child sharing the common goal of improving his or her soccer performance. Josh and the teams dynamic dedication to delivering on the school’s goals now extends to include three permanent football coaches, each specialising in supporting and cultivating children aged 2-12 who want to learn how to play and enjoy the national game.


We have grown rapidly and are currently coaching over 2000 children a week, as well as providing training excellence within five local schools.


We can also claim victory for delivering the biggest half-term soccer skills course in Surrey.


All our activity is supported by two development centres located in Leatherhead and Epsom.  The Academy (Leatherhead) is uniquely set up to provide skills, technique and improve personal development of over 80 young footballers.


Every coach at the Academy has qualified with a UEFA B licence and can demonstrate a high calibre of coaching.


12 of the 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, as well as participating in many local and regional tournaments. We encourage our future footballers to improve their abilities, gain confidence and provide direction for aspiring professional players through playing competitively on a regular basis and in a structured environment.


Support is continuously delivered via a network of coaching professionals that are passionate about the sport and keen to transfer their knowledge, skills and love for the sport to every child that walks on our pitch.


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!


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’.

Josh Evans

DSC_0577Founder and head coach. Josh holds his UEFA B licence, FA Youth Module 1, 2 & 3 and is the Head Coach of Crystal Palace u10’s. He has also coached in: USA (California, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa & Missouri) Italy, Spain, France, Denmark and Sweden.

Ian Cobbett


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 Cole

DSC_0596David’s primary motivation is the drive to teach and engage children, and all times cultivating a fun atmosphere.


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 Cook

Jamie Cook

  • 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.

Rob Parsons

Rob has been a sports coach for a number of years. He is FA Level 1 qualified and is the 1st sports coach for Notre Dame school, Surrey.

He translates his high energy character into each session by always making sure the learning is fun and exciting for any of the children that he teaches.

Fred Mannering

Fred is an enthusiastic and energetic coach. He is FA Level 1 qualified and has years of experience coaching children in both Football and Hockey.​

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 Philips

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.

Sam Wilson

Sam is the next generation of Josh Evans Soccer School coaches. He has a fantastic way of communicating with children and was coached by Josh Evans in 2009!

Nick Bennett

Another one to look out for in the future. Nick conducts excellent technical demonstrations and was in the same team as Sam that was coached by Josh Evans in 2009.

Joe Elbishlawi

Joe Elbishlawi

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!

Bruno Tingle

Bruno is FA Level 2 qualified and has a wealth of experience coaching at grassroots level for Sheen Lions FC. ​

The creative and exciting spin that he puts on his coaching is always challenging and fun for the children whilst also ensuring that children are not afraid to try something new.​


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.


Downsend pupils and the school itself have flourished. I would consider the school to now be one of the best football schools in Surrey and Josh has played an enormous part in this.

Jon Albert
Deputy Head, Downsend School

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

Jeremy Sauer
AFC Wimbledon – Academy Manager

Josh is a brilliant coach.  He’s always trying to get the full potential out of all his players whether they’re young or old.  Josh is the go-to guy.

Henry Russ, Aged 11

My son Henry was fortunate enough to experience Josh’s coaching skills for two years during his time at Wimbledon’s development centre.  He nurtured Henry and gave him the confidence to try different techniques and styles of football

Henry’s Mum

His focus on technique and skill in a really positive, safe environment allowed players to express themselves and to be creative.

David Muir
Head of Academy Coaching, Crystal Palace Football Club