UK Skills Forum Meet The Team
Our Coaching Philosophy
Helping nurture and develop youth Football players, regardless of ability, towards being technically proficient, to understand the game, make good decisions and to reach their full potential. Placing the child at the centre of everything we do; developing the players in the four corners of learning the game: Psychological, Physical, Social and Technical.
All of our coaches have taken The FA Youth Award, or are working towards it, and are specialists in coaching children aged 5-16.
The UK Skills Forum team takes the welfare of children very seriously and all coaches are enhanced DBS checked. Above all, we have put a coaching team together who have the ability to inspire young players to improve and to love the game.
John first got involved in grassroots football in 2004 when a friend introduced him to his son’s Under-10 team at a local club, and within a year John had taken up the reigns as Head Coach of the entire club. He helped to set up after school clubs with local schools, and before long the club had 22 teams ranging from Reception to Under-18s.
In 2006, having only coached for two years at Blandford United Youth FC, John became the FA Learning National Grassroots Coach of the Year.
John then began working in professional football with AFC Bournemouth working with players ranging from under 12 up to under 16, before joining The English FA Skills Programme in 2007. As part of this role John has worked with the Dorset FA Girls Centre of Excellence and most recently The Advanced Coaching Centre. This has seen him become Head Coach for under 10, under 12 and most recently under 16 age groups.
As part of the Dorset English FA Skills team, he has worked within schools and with children in the North Dorset area. John is a specialist in coaching players aged 5-11 of any ability, and is Lead Coach on the Youth Development Phase for UK Skills Forum.
Having played football from an early age and playing at AFC Bournemouth Centre of Excellence for 5 years, Elliot has always had a passion for football. He started his coaching journey at the age of 15 where he was volunteer at his local grassroots club and also helped out with coaching at Dorset FA.
Elliot was a part of the 'Talented National Young Coaches Scheme' in 2011 where he gained valuable knowledge in coaching players.
Elliot become a member of The English FA’s Skills Programme in 2013, starting in the Hampshire team and then moving across to the Dorset team in 2016. Elliot has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge during his time in this programme which has helped him to become the coach he is today. Through his work with The FA Skills programme he has also taken a lead on The English FA’s Skills Extra programme which works with advanced male and female youth players to develop them in each area of The FA four corner model.
Elliot is a specialist in coaching players aged 5-11 of any ability, and still plays football for Bashley Football Club as well as managing the Bashley Reserve Team who play in the Wyvern League. Elliot is the Lead Coach of the Foundation Phase of Youth Football at UK Skills Forum.
Kevin started coaching football when his playing days were cut short due to sustaining injuries that prevented him from playing the sport he dearly loved. This love and passion of the game inspired him to take up various coaching roles assisting friends with their grassroots youth teams.
In 2009 Kevin joined the Dorset Girls Centre of Excellence where he became Assistant Coach of the under 12’s team, and after just one year was promoted to Head Coach of the under 14’s squad in 2010.
Kevin then emigrated to Australia in 2011, where again he quickly picked up from where he left off in the UK becoming a specialist coach for Sydney Olympic FC with their under 10 boys team. He was soon also be approached by Sydney University FC to join them as Head Coach to their under 14 boys first team squad.
His final role in Australia saw him have a big impact on a local grassroots club, Concord Junior Soccer Club. They had around 500 Children signed up with the club, ages ranging from 4-16. Here he became Head Coach of the under 16’s First Team, and alongside this role set up a programme that saw experienced club coaches mentor inexperienced parents of the children at the club to help build a child friendly learning environment.
Kevin then moved To Florida in the USA, spending 18 months there before returning to the UK to set up the UK Skills Forum Coaching Team along-side his very good friends John Scott, Elliot Head and Leon Jennings. He is the Team Leader and Lead Coach on Coach Development at UK Skills Forum.
Having had a military and then a Police career, Leon has always been a keen sportsman.
He played rugby at an international level at the Hong Kong 7’s and refereed at many county games. His football coaching career began in 2006/7 as a volunteer; but this quickly changed as he realised he had a love and passion for doing this and he had found his true vocation.
Leon was privileged to be appointed head coach to the under 13s Girl’s Player Development Centre at the Dorset FA and Advanced Coaching centre (2012/2013); the Head Coach under 13’s for the Somerset Centre of Excellence (2013/2014) and the Dorset schools under 14’s Head Coach (2013/2015).
His latest role is Development Phase Head coach at Exeter City Development Centre and Lead Coach of Girls and Ladies Football at UK Skills Forum Dorset.