Examples Of Our Coaches


NAME: Ross Joyce


AGE: 23


WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Blandford Forum, Dorset, UK


WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY BASED IN THE USA: Portage, Michigan


PLAYING EXPERIENCE: I have played from the age of 5 for my local team, where I worked my way through the age groups up to the senior mens team.


FAVOURITE SOCCER TEAM: Tottenham Hotspur


FAVOURITE PLAYER: Currently Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Got to love a player that wears different colour boots), but my all time favourite player is David Beckham


COACHING LEVEL: FA Level 2


COACHING EXPERIENCE: I have coached a few teams at home as well as spending the last 3 years working summer camps and TTP's for UKISC on the west and east coast.


COACHING PHILOSOPHY: To get the best out of players you must be able to create a positive coaching environment that encourages players to learn, develop and enjoy themselves.



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NAME: Hannah Shepherd

AGE: 20

WHERE ARE YOU FROM: Reading, England

WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY BASED IN THE USA: Ladera Ranch

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: I started playing football at the age of nine, I joined Reading academy at the age of 11 where I stayed until I was 16. I then joined Reading Ladies where we compete in the ladies equivalent to the EPL. I have represented my county and played for school district teams.

FAVOURITE SOCCER TEAM: Reading FC

FAVOURITE PLAYER: Mikel Leigerwood

COACHING LEVEL: FA Level 2

COACHING EXPERIENCE: I began coaching a few years ago with Reading football club where I was playing in their girls' centre of excellence academy, alongside this I completed a college course on coaching and I've been doing it ever since. I have been coaching now for three years. With Reading I coached in numerous programs including after school clubs, soccer camps, girls U13 academy and U14 Boy's advanced and elite teams. I have experience of coaching many other sports whilst I was working at elite soccer which is a multi-sports based company. I also have experience of Coaching V.I.P athletes.

COACHING PHILOSOPHY: My focus is on player development and I enhance this by teaching them the fundamentals of soccer correctly. I also believe in inspiring the players in life and not just on the soccer field.



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NAME: Josh Marks

AGE: 19

WHERE ARE YOU FROM: London, England

WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY BASED IN THE USA: Chicago

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: I've mainly played in local leagues in the UK

FAVOURITE SOCCER TEAM: Watford

FAVOURITE PLAYER: David Beckham

COACHING LEVEL: FA Level 1 and FA Level 1 Goalkeeping


COACHING EXPERIENCE: Numerous Summer camps for local community schemes in the UK

COACHING PHILOSOPHY: "Clean sheets, win games"



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NAME: Rhona Higgins

AGE: 24

WHERE ARE YOU FROM: West Kilbride - Scotland

WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY BASED IN THE USA: Saratoga, CA

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: I have been playing soccer from a young age. When I am not working in the states coaching I play for Kilwinning Ladies FC.

FAVOURITE SOCCER TEAM: Kilmarnock

FAVOURITE PLAYER: Thierry Henry

COACHING LEVEL: SFA level 3

COACHING EXPERIENCE: I've been coaching from the age of 18, working within the SFA community programmes teaching children from the age of 3 to 16 years old.

COACHING PHILOSOPHY: To ensure every kid I coach has fun at camp or during practice as well as learning and developing as a player/person.



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