Football With a Purpose

Play The Volenti Way.

Volenti Academy is a purpose-driven football coaching academy that uses the skills and experiences of people who have played or coached the game at a professional level.

We create a high-performance training environment, which helps to improve players’ all-round development and give them the best chance to reach their full potential. We have a strong methodology for producing talented players and teams, however, our success is not only measured by players getting signed by a professional club or winning trophies; it is also about helping to develop good people. Search our programmes and come and play football with a purpose the Volenti way!

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Our Programmes

The Volenti Academy team is able to support you across all aspects of your football training and development. Click below for our live programmes across our age groups.

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Our Team

  • Bobby Bowry

    Bobby Bowry

    Technical Director

    Bobby’s playing career lasted over 15 years and the majority of his 400 appearances were for Crystal Palace, Millwall and Colchester. He holds a UEFA B coaching qualification. Enormously well respected and with contacts throughout the game, Bobby is ideally positioned to provide advice and support on a wide range of on and off field issues and revels in his role as a player mentor. Bobby is actively involved in the Kick It Out campaign.

  • Dean Austin

    Dean Austin

    Head Coach

    Dean is a former Premier League player with Tottenham and Crystal Palace with over 350 professional appearances. Dean holds the highest possible coaching qualification, the UEFA pro licence. As recently as 2019, Dean coached in the Premier League alongside Quique Sanchez Flores at Watford. Dean is the Head coach of our St Albans sessions which run on a Monday night at Harvesters Football Club.

  • Charlie MacDonald

    Charlie MacDonald

    Academy Manager

    Having played for nineteen different clubs including Charlton Athletic, Brentford and MK Dons and scoring in excess of two hundred career goals, Charlie is highly regarded amongst players at both professional and semi-professional level. Charlie’s knowledge and experiences are vital in helping to develop and nurture our young, aspiring players.

  • Nathan Bowen

    Nathan Bowen

    Regional Director

    Nathan is an FA Level 3 qualified coach who has extensive experience working with players of all levels across a wide range of age groups. He spent twelve years at Brighton & Hove Albion, coaching players across the entire spectrum from Community to Academy level. He has had great success managing teams and co-ordinating touring groups at International tournaments, bringing home over ten winners trophies. Nathan was selected by the streetworldfootball to attend its Global Youth Leaders Initiative during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. His knowledge, enthusiasm and involvement with the players he coaches make Nathan an invaluable member of the Volenti team. After a successful first year with Volenti, Nathan was promoted into the position of Regional Director, taking on operational responsibility for the South East area.

  • Seth Dakin

    Seth Dakin

    Academy Coach

    Seth graduated from our under 19 programme with a triple distinction and, although he had a number of university offers, chose to stay with us as an apprentice. After an outstanding first year working with players of differing ages and abilities on a variety of projects, Seth joined us on a full-time basis and is now helping to produce the next generation of Volenti Academy players

  • Simon Osborn

    Simon Osborn

    Academy Coach

    Simon is a former Crystal Palace, Reading and Wolverhampton Wanderers player with over 400 professional appearances. He is one of the senior coaches working alongside Bobby at Harris Academy on a Monday night and has coached some of our older teams in our London Youth Premier League.

  • Darren Teague

    Darren Teague

    Strength and Conditioning Coach

    A specialist strength and conditioning coach, Darren has worked with a full spectrum of players from aspiring academy scholars to full internationals. Darren offers our players a personalised service to support any area of physical development and conditioning.

  • Aidan Brennan

    Aidan Brennan

    Academy Coach

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  • Paul Smallwood

    Paul Smallwood

    Academy Coach

    Paul is one of our most experienced coaches and has a great ability to develop and deliver original and creative coaching drills. Paul has coached at numerous professional clubs including Brighton & Hove Albion and Wimbledon, as well as the Ian Wright soccer schools. He also has years of experience of coaching internationally in countries such as France, Denmark and the USA.

  • Barry Moore

    Barry Moore

    Academy Coach

    Bio to follow.

  • Harry Wheeler

    Harry Wheeler

    Academy Coach

    Bio to follow.

  • Steve Conroy

    Steve Conroy

    Academy Coach

    Bio to follow.

  • Jordan St Pierre

    Jordan St Pierre

    Academy Coach

    Jordan is a reliable and enthusiastic FA level 2 qualified coach who has 7 years of experience of coaching on development and community programmes at Brighton and Hove Albion, as well as coaching a men’s squad for Sussex University. Aside from football, Jordan also enjoys helping other young people achieve their goals and has helped to train young leaders locally in the National Citizens Service scheme, as well as volunteering with the Football For Good International NGO OSCAR Foundation.

  • Harry Docharty

    Harry Docharty

    Academy Coach

    Harry is a talented young FA level 1 qualified coach with lots of enthusiasm and creativity. He has a natural ability to engage with young players and uses his own experiences as a player to help create a positive environment. Currently studying for a Sports qualification, Harry is also pursuing his own career as a football player. Showing plenty of promise, Harry worked his way into Peacehaven 1st team at the age of 17, as well as being a stand out player in the National Youth Development U19s league.