SURREY ACADEMY Success Stories

Success Stories

LPA are committed to making each player THE BEST THEY CAN BE at whatever level of play.
Here are just a few of our current and past players and their stories.

Pro Signings

Many of our players go on to achieve great success in a football career. Here are just a couple of those players who are currently enjoying much deserved recognition.

Below left: John Gordon (CPFC) and Omari Hutchinson (Chelsea FC)
Below right: Omari pictured here with LPA Academy Director Paul Sears

John-Kymani Gordon - Crystal Palace

John-Kymani has been with club for over a decade and signed his first pro contract in July 2020.

Now aged 19, 2022 was a year of promise seeing this rising player step win September’s Premier League 2 Player of the Month award.

Omari Hutchinson - Chelsea

Omari represented England at youth level and began his pro career with Arsenal before moving to Chelsea in 2022.

Now aged 18 he is an attacking mid-fielder who shows great skill and ability in opening up defences.

A rising star, Omari is making national headlines as he blazes a trail up the field.


Huge congratulations to LPA  U13’s player Archie S who has signed for Sutton United Academy. Archie has been part of our Centre of Excellence Squad for the past two years and has a strong determination and willingness to learn.

Well done Archie, we are super proud of you!

Junior Players

We currently coach over 6,000 players in the Surrey and Sussex areas with 600+ of those players attending our Elite and Centre of Excellence programmes. Here are some of their stories …


Age: 9

Plays for: Dorking Wanderers

Biography: An enthusiastic and talented forward who plays in our Centre of Excellence squads and Elite programme. Miles enjoys his sessions with LPA and particularly likes the good coaching he receives. Miles’ favourite players are Messi and Mo Salah and he is a staunch supporter of Liverpool FC.


Age: 10

Plays for: Monarchs @newmaldenlittleleague

Biography: A 10 year old energetic defensive midfielder who can operate both in midfield and attack. Elliot enjoys playing for LPA Chessington Elite Programme as “We practice every area of the pitch, not just defending”. A huge supporter of Chelsea and Mason Mount, Elliot has aspirations of one day playing for Chelsea.


Age: 9

Plays for: Merstham Girls

Biography: A 9 year old composed centre mid who plays for our Elite Academy. Niamh loves receiving the “player of the week trophy” along with our “match days on summer camp”. Currently playing for Merstham girls, Niamh’s idols are Beth Mead, Ella Toone and Lionel Messi. Being a passionate supporter of Chelsea, Niamh is aiming to reach the first team.


Age: 13

Plays for: Met Police

Biography: A highly motivated striker with good hold up play and an eye for goal. Charlie’s favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo and he supports Chelsea.” I always look forward to my training sessions, the coaches are great to work with and are improving my game. I am proud to be a part of the LPA Academy. The tour to Malaga was amazing.”


Age: 8

Plays for: Farleigh Rovers Under 9’s

Biography: “I love learning new skills from the coaches at LPA.
They make football fun”

Christopher started with LPA via his school and is now a valuable player within our Elite programme. He adapts to many positions including goalkeeper and has a great attitude to learning.

Favourite player: Mo Salah
Supports: Liverpool FC


Age: 6

Plays for: Farleigh Rovers

Biography: A new signing to the academy who has thrown himself into training and matches with gusto.

Michael improves each week and is quickly grasping the technical side of the game. He enjoys working together in a team and scoring goals!

Favourite player: Mo Salah
Supports: Liverpool FC


Age: 11

Plays for: Reigate Priory Falcons

Biography: “I love the quick tempo football that we play in matches and how players’ play together as a team. Our coaches are great and enthusiastic ”

Dylan has a great attitude and is eager to learn all the time. Shows great skills when positioning the ball and has developed into a talented technical player over the years .

Favourite player: Joao Cancelo
Supports: Manchester United


Age: 11

Plays for: Gemini FC

Biography: “I have been playing with LPA since I was 5 years old and have been very happy there. I really like all of the coaches and have enjoyed the holiday camps. I have met a lot of friends and look forward to my training sessions ”

Max’s favourite player is SAKA and aspires to be like him when he grows up