The Russell Martin Soccer Academy is a Brighton and Hove based football coaching establishment. It provides top class, elite coaching at grassroots level to boys and girls of all abilities aged 5-16 through a range of different coaching methods, challenges and activities.

As professional players ourselves we understand how important it is to have a session that keeps players stimulated. At RMA we want the ball rolling and in play as much as possible in each session, meaning the players are not standing still for too long and are always involved and active. We want to work with all children regardless of age, experience or ability and help them to enjoy, learn and develop through football. We offer children the best equipment, facilities and coaching available to aid in their development and learning and give them the best chance of achieving success through quality coaching.

Meet the team

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Russell Martin
Director

Norwich City Captain and Scotland International
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Russell Martin and Sergio Torres met many years ago whilst both playing for Wycombe Wanderers FC in League two. They played there together for three years before moving to Peterborough United FC in a combined deal worth £250,000. They enjoyed promotion to the Npower football league Championship in their first season at the club with Russell as captain aged 22. It was during all of this time playing together and experiencing the highs and lows that professional football has to offer that they decided they wanted to set something up that would allow them to give something back to the game that they both love. With Sergio retiring from professional football and settling in Brighton, they decided it was the perfect place and opportunity to create what they have always wanted to.

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Sergio Torres
Director/Lead Coach and Education Programme Leader

Whitehawk FC Captain
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Gary Mansell
Director/Lead Coach and Football Development Manager

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Donna Cox
Head of Operations/Bookings Manager

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Jay Lovett
Football Education Programme Leader/Academy Coach

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Tom Betts
Academy Goalkeeping Coach

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Dan Hutchings
Academy Goalkeeping Coach

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John Pelham
Academy Coach

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Harry Shooman
School Development Coordinator

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Georgia Bridges
Girls Development and Community Coach