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ABOUT FUTURE IN FOOTBALL

Rob started out working in the community programme with Tottenham Hotspur as a part-time coach,

quickly becoming the Essex full-time coordinator and head coach. Aside from his role within community

football Rob also began to work part-time with the Tottenham Hotspur Academy, alongside highly

regarded coaches John Mcdermott and Chris Ramsey. It was in this environment that he started to

shape his player-development philosophy.


Rob spent over thirteen years with Tottenham Hotspur in a number or different roles, 9 seasons

in the Academy working with players aged 9 to 12. In his time at the club he worked with numerous

players who went on to play professional football - both in the national and international arena.

While in this elite environment Rob continued to gain

multiple coaching qualifications, achieving both the UEFA A license and Advanced Youth award.


In 2014, Rob started his current academy, Future In Football, to create opportunities for all players to

access the quality of training available at academy level. Since it’s inception, many players have made

the jump to the next stage - some at grassroots football level, and some at the professional level, both

in the UK and the US. 


In 2015, Rob was given the opportunity to move to Chelsea. His experience with this club showed him a different approach to developing elite players across the ages of six to fourteen. Chelsea have an excellent track record and are well known as one of Europe’s top academies.


In 2016, Rob was given the chance to work closer to home with Southend United, while leading the u16s age group. In the three seasons Rob was with Southend United, twelve players went on to play in the first team, and three were sold to premier league clubs.


In 2018, Rob started a local football club. It began as a group training session for his son but quickly grew to over 180 players attending regularly. By the second season, the club had over ten teams. The combination of Rob’s coaching philosophy and training methodology helped the club become highly regarded in the area, and a number of players went on to train, and sign, with professional clubs.​

"Seeing a young player learn something new and grow in confidence both on and off the pitch gives me a great sense of achievement. I'm lucky to have seen many players go on to do  great things in the game and it fills me with pride. There is nothing quite like seeing someone enjoying their football - it means I must be doing something right!"

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Contact

Meet The Coaches

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CHARLIE SMITH Academy Coach
& u12
 tEAM MANAGER

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MYLES JACKSON Academy Coach
& u9
 TEAM MANAGER

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JAKE FROST
academy Coach

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 joe stewart
Academy Coach & U
7 Team manager

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GARRY THOMPSON  U11 Team manager

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NIcky parsons u11 team manager

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