Football Development Team

Please see below the contact details for staff in the Football Development Team


Paul Jones
Senior Football Development Officer
Tel: 01372 384 748 or 07956394256
Football Team: Liverpool
Favourite player: Robbie Fowler
Paul is responsible for the development of Football in the Surrey County Council Area’s of Elmbridge and Runnymede. As part of his role Paul will look to promote the Charter Standard programme  whilst leading club, school and league development. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, Paul worked as a Project Manager for a Sport England Initiative for Richmond Housing Partnership. Paul is originally from Manchester which makes being a Liverpool supporter very interesting. Paul’s passion away from Liverpool Football Club is Futsal both as a player and as a coach.


Steven Edwards
Football Development Officer (Guildford, Waverley, Woking and Mole Valley)
Tel: 01372 384749
Favourite Team: Bolton Wanderers
Steven is responsible for the development of football in the Surrey County Council Area’s of Guildford, Waverley, Woking & Surrey Heath. As part of his role Steven looks to promote the FA Charter Standard award whilst leading club, school and league development. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, Steven worked as an Athletics Development Officer for UK Athletics. Steven is a fanatical Bolton Wanderers fan and is a seasoned skier.


Jon Burr
Football Development Officer (Kingston, Richmond and Merton)
Tel: 01372384742 or 0798537948
Favourite Players: Robbie Earl and Phil Jagielka
Jon is responsible for the development of football in the Metropolitan Boroughs of Surrey and is also the county lead for Women and Girls development. As part of his role Jon will look to promote the Charter Standard programme whilst leading club, school and league development. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, Jon worked as a community coach for Fulham Football Community Trust and spent a year coaching football on the Northern Beaches in Australia. Jon is a keen canoeist and instructor and can be seen regularly paddling the Thames when the sun is shining.


Chris Cole
Football Development Officer (Tandrige, Epsom & Ewell, Reigate and Banstead)
Tel: 07939 538632
Favourite team and player: Manchester United and Eric Cantona
Chris looks after football development in Tandridge, Epsom & Ewell and Reigate and Banstead, and also assists on the county wide development of disability football. Prior to joining the County FA, Chris worked as a Disability Officer at the Chelsea FC Foundation.

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Paul Cudmore
Football Development Officer (Surrey Heath, Elmbridge and Runnymede)
Tel: 07939 538 631
Paul develops opportunities to play football in clubs and schools across his three Boroughs. Prior to his current position, Paul was Project Manager at the London CSP (PRO-ACTIVE London) and a community coach at the Chelsea FC Foundation.


Kevin West
Get Into Football Officer (Croydon, Sutton) 
Favourite Team: Dundee FC
Favourite Player: Eric Cantona
Telephone: 07535 464186
As Get Into Football Officer, Kevin's responsibilities are to create, enhance and develop opportunities for residents aged 16+ within the London Borough of Croydon. This includes developing a workforce, leadership opportunities, coach education, small sided football, and Charter Standard clubs in addition to engaging with focus groups. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, Kevin worked as a Club, Coach and Volunteer Development Officer in his native Glasgow.


John O'Malley
College and Community Football Coordinator
Tel: 01372 387 092
Favourite Team: Liverpool
John’s role is to design, develop and implement College based Football enrichment programmes to help tackle the drop off in 16 – 19 year old male and female players, while forging strong College to Club links in Surrey to support the development of players into community clubs. John will also train and develop football leaders as volunteers, coaches and officials through The FA’s ‘Football Futures’ programme to support the enrichment projects, club links and community programmes. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, John worked as and Football Development Officer for both Brighton and Hove Albion FC and Fulham FC.


Craig Hicks
Coach Education Officer
Tel: 01372 387092
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Favourite Team: Chelsea
Craig is the main point of contact at the County FA for all coaching enquiries. As part of Craig’s role, he organises and plans the whole Coach Education programme for the Surrey County FA, which includes the McDonalds courses and the stand-alone workshops. Craig also assists the Football Development Officers in running courses for Charter Standard Club renewals and works with the Surrey Coaches Association to deliver CPD events for coaches. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, Craig worked as a Leisure Development Officer for Raynes Park Leisure. Craig is also a Level 2b referee and his favourite dish is Spaghetti Bolognese.


Alex Prior
Marketing and Communications Officer
Tel: 07940 232 709
Favourite Team: Arsenal
Alex is the Marketing and Communications Officer at Surrey County FA and is responsible for all media coming in and out of the organisation. Prior to joining the Surrey County FA, Alex was a football journalist for famed sports news agency Hayters, and his work has appeared in several national newspapers as well on Sky Sports News, TalkSport, ESPN and


Frank Thompson
County Welfare Officer
Tel: 01372 384 745
Favourite Player: George Best
As County Welfare Officer, Frank acts as a conduit between the Surrey County Football Association and the FA Safeguarding Team at Wembley. He also supports Club and League Welfare Officers locally to provide effective safeguarding measures for children and young people throughout the County.


Laura Skinner
Football Development Administrator
Tel: 01372 384191
Favourite Team: England
Laura supports the Football Development team with all aspects of administration. This includes assisting the team to deliver on key objectives along with general projects and day to day administration. Prior to joining Surrey County FA Laura worked as an administrator for a variety of companies the most recent being a marketing organisation based in Cranleigh.

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