The FA Coach Mentor Programme

FA Coach Mentor Programme

Offering on-the-ground support

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 could included: 

  • 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

 Find out more about the programme here by watching our video

Mentoring in Wiltshire

The 2018/19 season highlights of the mentoring programme in Wiltshire were as follows:

  • Delivery of 582.25 hours across Wiltshire during season 2018/19, this was up 106.75 hours vs the 2017/18 season

  • The hours delivered represent an investment of £14,556.25 into grassroots football in Wiltshire vs. £11887.50 in 2017/18. 

  • 473 coaches in Wiltshire were supported during season 2018/19, this was up by +328 coaches vs 2017/18 season (+226%)

  • Engagement with coaches has diversified with the mentor team supporting 320 white males, 103 White females, 22 BAME Males, 3 BAME females, 10 Disabled Males and 15 Disabled females

For season 2019/20 the team will be focussing 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 – Mentors will be delivering dedicated support into the clubs in the County who are part of the FA Club Improvement pilot programme for the 2019/20 season.

  • 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


For further information on the programme you can also contact the Wiltshire County FA Development Team on 01793 486047.


wiltshire fa coach mentors 2017-18

Alex Blake


Alex Blake
North Wiltshire

Alex has lived and been involved in football in Wiltshire all his life and is committed to developing coaches and players in the County.

Alex provides mentor support to coaches in the northern area of the county.



Joe Foley


Joe Foley
Female Lead

Joe is the female mentoring lead within Wiltshire and is entering his 3rd season as part of the team.

Joe has a longstanding affiliation with Girls football being where he continues to be involved with Derry Hill United & the Wiltshire Girls Advanced Coaching Centre


Matthew England


Matthew England
East Wiltshire

Matt covers the East area and has volunteered within Wiltshire football across youth & adult football and joined the FA Coach Mentor team in April 2014.



Andy Mullen


Andrew Mullen
West Wiltshire

Andy is moving into his fifth season as an FA Coach Mentor and covers West Wiltshire.

Starting his coaching journey with Melksham Town Football Club Andy continues to volunteer in the local game across both youth & adult football


Gerwyn Griffiths

Gerwyn Griffiths
South Wiltshire

Gerwyn known as 'Griff' leads the FA Coach Mentor Programme in the South of Wiltshire and is the newest member of the FA Coach Mentor team here in the County

Jack Thurlow

Jack Thurlow

Disability Football Lead

Jack is the Disability Football mentoring lead in Wiltshire and actively volunteers within Chippenham Town Youth & joined the mentoring team in April 2018.

Jack also mentors across Gloucestershire & previously worked in the FA Skills Team from August 2014.


No, all of our mentors have deidcated hours of free support to utilise across the County

Both clubs and individuals can benefit from the programme.

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 –

This is a course for coaches providing support to other Football Coaches in a mentoring capacity.

The course is designed to support those who wish to develop their mentoring skills, to understand the role of the Mentor, to develop the interpersonal skills required to become an effective mentor as well as developing reflection as a learning tool.  It supports participants to develop skills in a safe and positive environment.

Our next course takes place in Melksham in June 2018.  You can find out more and book your place here.

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