The Academy Staff

The Academy staff are all very carefully selected and read all about them below.

Academy Director – Ady Milne – UEFA B Qualified Coach, with 30 years coaching experience, and has also held posts of Head of Youth Football at a couple of community football clubs. Ady has experience of coaching and managing in the UK and in a total to date attended over 35 International tours and tournaments.

Head Coach – Toby Sheppard – Toby has previously been a coach at Chelsea FC and has joined our team and works at our academies and school projects at ACS Egham, Hall Grove and Holme Grange.  Toby will also head up our U12 squad at the Gothia Cup.

The Coaching Team

Ben Sawyer – Ben works in all areas of the academy as well as delivering football at all levels of the ACS International School in Egham.  Ben will also join us in Sweden at the Gothia Cup.

Stuart Clark – Stu is an excellent young coach working at the Goalkeeping Academies, running the Lower School Football clubs at ACS Egham, and working in the Holiday Camps.   Stu plays locally and will be joining the team again at the Gothia Cup in the summer.

Jordan Morgan – Jordan has joined us from the highly rated United Select team and enjoys working at our holiday camps, academies and at ACS Egham ask has been working with all the academies and will also join us in Gothenburg in the summer.

Lily Last – Lily has joined our academy coaching team and plays a high level of football for the excellent Ascot United FC Ladies team. Lily works with our academy boys and girls and will also accompany our Girls team in Sweden. 

Luke Russell – Luke has joined the staff of our highly popular Goalkeeping Academy and we look forward to working with Luke in 2023 on many other projects.  An avid Brentford FC fan following them all over the country. 

Nathan Nicholls – A keen goalkeeper, Nathan has been working with us in the goalkeeping academy for a few months now and is providing an excellent set of sessions to our younger goalkeepers.  

Tyler Caton – Tyler is currently in the USA coaching but has recently been working on our school projects and at the academy sessions.   We look forward to seeing Tyler again in the early summer. 

Will Rapley – Will works at both our holiday camps and birthday parties and is a very good young coach especially good with the very young groups.

Lawson Jones – An young, an excellent coach who is a recent acquisition to the coaching team.  Lawson works at our academies and local schools and also will also attend the Gothia Cup in Sweden.

Will Chaisty – Will is also a new young recruit with the academy, and has played for the academy in Sweden and is coaching the younger members of the group. Will is going to be back with us soon when he returns from a coaching assignment in Ghana.    

The Sports Therapy Team

Neil Mason – Neil and his physiotherapy team look after the physiotherapy screening for our older Academy players. Neil runs his own physiotherapy clinic and is also an experienced goalkeeping coach, having previously worked at Brentford FC. Neil provides with his team vital physiotherapy analysis of players as they develop through their key years.

Alexia Sawdon – Lexi provides the Sports Therapy screenings for the academy and also is a regular in Sweden with the group at the Gothia Cup. Lexi also works at a local football club along with working full time at a well renowned Sports Therapy clinic.

All the Academy staff are carefully selected and all possess varying coaching qualifications and also the following:

Child Protection Workshop Certificates
• CRB Clearance
• First Aid Certification

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