Adam Burrows

Academy Manager 

Adam joins us from the English FA, where he was appointed 7 years ago as one of the organisations youngest coaches. Adam led a team of coaches and also worked alongside national team coaches to help shape the England DNA Philosophy which has recently been launched. Adam has experiences of working in grassroots football, academies and the female game. 

Previous Clubs: Reading FC, Wycombe Wanderers, Barnet FC, Middlesex Girls C of E 

Education: BSc Coaching Sciences Degree 

Coaching Qualifications: UEFA B License, FA Youth Award, Qualified Tutor 

Career Highlight: 'The day I received the phone call informing me that I would be joining the English FA at the age of 18. I was fortunate enough to work with some fantastic people/mentors and engage with players from a variety of backgrounds' 




Kane Cowburn 

Head Coach & Camp Director 

Kane joins IJF from Chelsea FC where he worked as international development coach. Kane's responsibilities included sharing the Chelsea philosophy around the world, delivering in regions such as the Caribbean, Asia and North America. Kane has expertise in working with all ages and is one of the youngest coaches to obtain the UEFA A license qualification. 

Previous Clubs: Chelsea FC & Southampton FC 

Education: BA Football Studies with Business

Coaching Qualifications: UEFA A License & UEFA B Goalkeeping 

Career Highlight: 'Being awarded the UEFA A License at the age of 24, after setting this as a personal goal 9 years ago when I started my coaching career'


Previous IJF Coaches

At It's Just FOOTBALL we have a strong bond with the coaches we hire and feel that the experience they gain working with the players in our Academy will help them further their career at professional clubs across the world which is why we are proud to say that all 3 coaches who have worked for us previously have previously worked at / have gone on to work at professional clubs in England as you can see from below:

Richard Meek                             

Our former Academy Manager Richard departed in the Summer of 2015 to return to the U.K. to reprise in the same role for League Two side, Cambridge United.

Derek Whyte 

An ex-International player for Scotland as well as a league player for Celtic, Middlesborough, Aberdeen and eventually player and Manager of Partick Thistle, Derek brought a wealth of experience to the Academy during his 4 year affiliation. A long serving coach and friend of It's Just FOOTBALL. 

Lee Mannion 

Worked for IJF from September 2008 – December 2009, Currently working for Manchester City's Youth Academy as their Under 12's Head Coach. 

Louis Lancaster 

Worked for IJF from January 2011 – May 2012. Currently working for Watford F.C. in the U.K. as a head coach in their Youth Academy at Under 15 level.

Paul Collins 

Worked for IJF from January 2010 – June 2013. Paul currently works in the U.K. for Middlesbrough F.C. as their Lead Youth Development Phase Coach at Under 16 level.   



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