Meet The Team

LPA’s Surrey Academy team is made up of trained instructors with a passion for football and a natural aptitude for working with kids of all ages and skill levels, from absolute beginners to rising stars.

Ian Robinson

Academy Manager

Ian has been a Senior Coach working with grassroots teams, development squads, academy squads in the Surrey area for many years and has been Academy Manager since October 2016.

He has gained a vast amount of knowledge through coaching every day in different environments, our own technical program and coaching courses.  He believes passionately in developing players’ technical ability and bringing that into the team environment; whilst constantly learning new coaching techniques and tactics to develop his own coaching style.

– Senior player Westfield FC

– Coaching UEFA B Licence

– Youth Modules 1 & 2

– Futsal level 1

– Safeguarding Children

– Emergency First Aid

Phil Cramp

Phil is responsible for leading the implementation of the strategic direction of the business. He is responsible for the social and holistic development of all players within LPA Academy

Phil is a popular, knowledgeable football coach, who has worked within the industry for over 16 years. Having worked all over Europe, Phil has built up a good relationship with many professional football clubs, affording children the opportunity to play against, and with some of the top clubs in the country.

Phil played a high level of semi-professional football at a young age but retired at 24 years old when he was offered the Met Police FC reserve team manager, making him the youngest manager in the club’s history. At the age of 26, Phil was promoted to first team coach at Met Police FC in the Isthmian Premier League where he coached the team to the first round proper of the FA Cup playing against Crawley Town FC.

Phil’s passion within football is seeing players develop and being able to express themselves in situations that they might feel uncomfortable in. Phil’s belief is that the more touches the player has with the football the more confident players will become.

Callum Blake

Callum Blake has multiple years of coaching experience, working with several different teams in the Surrey area with great success. He has a real enthusiasm for developing players on a technical level within the LPA Soccer Academy.

Callum’s philosophy is to develop players on their individual technical ability; whilst teaching them to play football from the back through the thirds. He believes in emphasising the importance of ball retention, as well as the significance of key decision making within the game.

– Playing Background: Oxted & District FC, Coulsdon Town FC and Farleigh Rovers FC

– FA Level 2 Coaching Licence

– FA Youth Module 1 & 2

– FA Qualified Referee

– FA Emergency First Aid

– FA Safeguarding Children

Adam Absolon

I joined LPA Academy last year as an apprentice and am now enjoying coaching with great colleagues and players. I enjoy helping young players to improve and love the diversity of my days with coaching beginners to more accomplished players.

I am a qualified referee and I support West Ham United.

Charlie Holmes

I have been coaching for nearly 8 years now.

What I love about coaching is how every day is different, whether it be a 2 year old getting their first introduction to football or taking an elite player to the next level of their game.

I am a massive fan of attacking football and letting players express themselves to their full potential.

My main aim whilst coaching is to ensure that every player is having fun and is benefitting from the fantastic programme that we offer.

Nigel Cooke

Nigel has been coaching football for 5 years and has coached numerous youth football teams. For a short time in his early teens, Nigel played as a goalkeeper for Chelsea Football Club.

He specialises in goalkeeping coaching and has vast experience in improving and mentoring young goalkeepers.

Nigel believes in coaching in a fun and learning environment. He believes young players should enjoy coaching sessions to enable them to learn, develop and improve as players.

Ryan Moth

Ryan joined LPA Soccer Academy back in September 2016 after graduating from university. He has a strong passion for coaching and developing young footballers which has grown from the age of 16, when he had his first football coaching job.

A long term goal of his would be to see a child he coached playing in one of the top leagues across the world.

Ted Westal

I haven’t been coaching at LPA Academy for a very long time, however the satisfaction I have had in the past year has been something I never thought I would have experienced. I feel that children taking part in physical activity is key, and I see children enjoying it as well as having fun it makes a massive impact on me as a coach.

Dean Barnes

Dean is a semi-professional football player with vast experience of the game. He has been coaching for over 5 years and has been a key addition to our coaching team for the past 3 years.