The FA Skills Programme

The FA Skills Programme is a unique football coaching programme which gives 5-11s the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills and enjoy the game.

Follow these links for details on... Skills Centres, Club and School Support, Holiday Sessions, FA Primary Teachers Award.

We’ve been offering high-quality football coaching for children since 2007 and have, to date, provided over four million child places on the programme. The FA Skills Programme is a nationwide initiative run by The Football Association, funded by Sport England. We provide specialist after-school football coaching, holiday football coaching and also work within primary schools. Our aim is to develop better and more technically gifted football players, but also to give every child the opportunity to be the best that they can be.

The programme is based on a unique FA coaching model which helps children of all abilities to grow, develop their skills and reach their potential. The FA ‘Four-Corner Model’ encompasses four key attributes which are vital for any developing young footballer: Physical, Technical, Psychological and Social. By helping children to develop more than just their football skills, we’ll help them to gain confidence, build self-esteem, learn to work as a team and improve their decision-making.

Essex currently has three Skills Coaches, headed by Lauren Phillips with Kevin Baker and Jack Thurlow completing the team. The Skills Coaches are fully qualified and have completed official FA age-appropriate coaching courses. The Skills Coaches deliver sessions in schools and clubs as well as after-school centres and holiday sessions, so youngsters can be inspired to get active and maximise their ability, whatever their level.

For further details on the programme, please visit, contact Essex’s Skills Team Leader or your local Skills Coach:

Lauren Phillips (Team Leader) - Harlow/Epping/Brentwood/Chelmsford/Uttlesford - or (07931) 126809

Kevin Baker - Colchester/Braintree/Tendring/Maldon - or (07931) 127338

Andy Hill - Thurrock/Rochford/Southend/Castle Point/Basildon - or (07943) 552878

Pedro Carreira - London Boroughs - or (07971) 819821

Follow these links for details on... Skills Centres, Club and School Support, Holiday Sessions.

Contact Us

If you have any enquiries, please contact your local Skills Coach or FA Skills Team Leader Lauren Phillips at