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.

The Coaching Team

Simon Pryor – Simon is a UEFA B Licence coach and a very experienced outfield and goalkeeping coach at the Academy offering the chance for all players and our goalkeepers to develop their talents. Simon also runs a couple of our major school projects and is also a very keen Spurs fan.

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 in 2022 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 for Hook and will be joining the team at the Gothia Cup 2022.

James Daly – James is an ex-professional who played at QPR and Derby County as well as several seasons in the Irish League.  James also represented Ireland U18s where he played alongside Jack Grealish.  James is an excellent coach and works primarily in our school projects.

Isak Flo – Isak has been working with all the academies in 2018/19 and is a very promising young coach. Previously a player for Phoenix at the Gothia Cup , another player becoming a coach within the academy. Isak is also now delivering personal coaching sessions and hosting many birthday parties.  Currently working in Norway and we hope to see Isak back again soon.

Johan Flo – Johan is currently at university but also works for us within the academies, and is a very promising young coach. Previously a player for Phoenix at the Gothia Cup , Johan will join the team in 2022 for the next event in Sweden, Johan also delivers personal coaching sessions and hosts many birthday parties.

Aaron Nicholson – Aaron is one of our quality International Tour coaches. Aaron is the Youth Academy manager at Basingstoke FC and Head of the JPL squads and helps out at the academy an in the school projects.  Aaron also attends the International Tournaments and will be in Sweden again in 2022.

Mikey Davis – Mikey works at Basingstoke Town and is a very good young coach who attended his first Gothia Cup in Sweden in 2018 with the U13 squad and will be joining us again in 2022.

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.

Neil Redman – An experienced coach who has attended over 20 International events who joins the team as a coach for the Gothia Cup in Sweden. Neil is a Portsmouth fan who works full time with students at Chichester College.

Luke Elliot – Our dedicated Strength and Conditioning Coach who works to deliver superb syllabus to our Monday Youth Academy members.  Luke will be returning again to deliver quality sessions for us throughout the season for the academy groups.

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.

Ash Dean – One of the Academy sports therapists who works full time at Southend University Hospital. Ash will also join us to provide valuable support in Sweden.

Luke Morrison – Luke is another excellent addition to the team, who is a full time sports therapist and will join the team in Sweden.

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

Interested in working for Phoenix Football Academy?

Please send us your CV to info@phoenixfootballacademy.com