Josh Evans has been coaching football for over ten years. Securing his FA Level 1 coaching badge at 15 he became Chelsea’s youngest professional coach. Since then he has worked for both Crystal Palace and AFC Wimbledon, and lucky enough to work in Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Holland and USA. He set up Josh Evans Soccer School in 2010 with a mission to help youngsters develop their football skills and their self-confidence.

The school works hard to provide coaching excellence to children with a broad range of abilities, with every child sharing a common goal of improving their football.

Josh Evans Soccer School has grown steadily via word of mouth and now coach over 2500 children a week. We teach in over 10 schools, run two development centres and have our own academy split across 2 different days. We also run hugely popular half term courses / holiday camps and provide one-to-one coaching.

We are enthusiastic, supportive and love seeing children develop, which is why we always tell them, “Be on it. Believe in it. Be you.”

Player Path


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 welcome all abilities at Josh Evans Soccer School and strive to bring out the best in every child. We use our ‘Player Path’ (to the left) to help each child develop their skill set.


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

Founder and Head Coach. Josh holds his UEFA B licence, FA Youth Module 1, 2 & 3 and was the Head Coach of Crystal Palace u10’s for a number of years. Josh has also coached in USA (California, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa & Missouri) Italy, Spain, France, Denmark and Sweden

David Cole

David is our longest serving coach and has constantly is improving his own coaching to make sure the players he coaches get the best he can give! David’s primary motivation is the drive to teach and engage children, and all times cultivating a fun atmosphere.

David’s role consists of work behind the scenes to develop coaches and grow the number of players taking part in our sessions, but his real passion is on the pitch and delivering his own knowledge onto the players. David has gained his UEFA B, Youth Award and Futsal Level 1 and enjoys passing his knowledge onto the players!

Richard Webber

Richard is a UEFA C qualified coach as well as holding his FA Youth Module Level 1 and has a broad range of coaching experience spanning over 17 years.

He spent 10 years at Leatherhead FC (2008-2018) culminating as Head Coach of the youth section and 4 years managing the U18’s. More recently he was PE Lead for a large primary school.

He is also a key coach with Dorking Wanderers and manages the U12 first team as well as heading up their mini kickers section.

Richard also spent a year working alongside the Brentford U15’s in 2014/15.

Rob Parsons

Rob one of our senior coaches, originally a Sports coach/PE teacher working in multiple schools for a number of years. He is also an FA Level 2 qualified coach who also carries a Bachelors Degree in Sports Coaching and Development from Southampton Solent University.

Working as a Pre academy coach and Scout for Crystal Palace football club for two years Rob has vast experience in cat 1 academy football.

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

Rob is also the Josh Evans social media guru!

Tom Harty

Tom Harty

Tom is currently Level 2 qualified in football and he is looking to carry on his development by doing the UEFA B in the near future. Tom studied at Leatherhead Football Academy and completed the Level 3 BTEC Sport course.

He was also the manager/coach of the Ashtead U7s for two years. Tom is passionate about helping them grow as players and people. Tom joined the Josh Evans Soccer School team in January 2018 and has been a great asset to the team

Jack Devonport

This is Jack our youngest coach and has completed his first year as an apprentice at Josh Evans Soccer School. He currently holds his FA level 1 and is looking to complete as many coaching badges as he can.

Jack has progressed so much as a coach leading his own Summer skills sessions and taking training for the Walton warriors U12 helping them get promoted in his first season working with them.

Jack hopes to continue his coaching development and wants to work towards being able to coach in an academy and taking his own team.

Joe Elbishlawi

Joe has his FA Level as well as his UEFA B and FA Youth Award qualifications.

He also works at AFC Wimbledon’s academy and he is a key coach for Josh Evans at our Monday and Friday night Academies as well as our Pre Academies & Development Centres.

Joe has a passion for helping kids to reach their full potential as both players and people.

Toby Munday

Toby is our youngest coach and started coaching when he was just 14 years old.  He was our first apprentice at Josh Evans Soccer School and is now an FA level 1  & FA talent ID qualified coach.  Toby is looking to progress through his many FA badges as quickly as he can and we have no doubt he will. He previously coached the Ashtead U7 team and now coaches AFC Wimbledon u7 & u8’s.

Toby played for AFC Wimbledon from u9-u14 and Josh was his coach at AFC Wimbledon for 2 years. Toby still loves to play and currently plays for Dorking Wanderers.

Mat Robins

Mat is currently a UEFA C qualified coach, looking to further develop by doing the UEFA B in the near future. Mat has completed the FA talent identification and introduction to Futsal courses.

He has previously managed and coached Ashtead U8s and Leatherhead U9s.
He also previously played for Ammanford Town AFC in the league of Wales South division.
Favourite player? Gareth Bale.

Stuart Lawrence

Stuart is a multi talented individual who not only coaches football but is a trained teacher & motivational speaker. He is a FA Level 2 Qualified coach as well as holding FA qualifications in Futsal and goalkeeping. He is currently working towards his UEFA B.

He loves coaching when he can & helping the next generation of kids to enjoy the social aspect of football. Stuart helps kids develop their football skills as well as helping them grow into well rounded individuals.

He is also a scout for Brighton & Hove Albion football club.


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

I just wanted to say a big thank you from us and Charlie for the fantastic football camp you ran this week. All the coaches are so welcoming, inclusive and encouraging – and the same can be said for the academy sessions that Charlie started a few months ago too. Thank you for all your hard work and making sure Charlie keeps enjoying his football

Charlie’s Mum