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Lead Foundation Phase Coach

Luke Smith

Academy

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Luke joined the Academy in July 2015, starting as an Age Group Coaching, before being appointed as our Lead Foundation Phase Coach.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Sports Management and Football studies combined with a UEFA A Licence and FA Advanced Youth Award. 

Luke is also an FA Affiliated Tutor, where he delivers Coach Education courses at Levels 1 and 2, as well as presenting on the FA & Chinese Government Coach Exchange Programme. 

Previous coaching experiences include working in the USA, covering 15 states before taking up an Academy Programme Manager role in Southern California, where he oversaw the development of a club with 1800+ players.

After returning to the UK, Luke set up a successful Wiltshire based Development Centre called Future of Football. He wrote the philosophy and curriculum and they currently deliver skill-based technical training to 230+ players a week.

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