Robin Russell of Sport Path

Robin worked for the English Football Association from 1978 until 2005 He left the FA in 2005 to found Sports Path International Limited now the world’s leading provider of sports  e-learning (

He joined The Football Association in 1978 as a Regional Coach and from 1984 he served as a Coach at the FA National School. In 1989 he was appointed Assistant Director of Coaching and was responsible for the creation of the FA’s Football Development Program including the development of Football in The Community Projects and the initiation of Funweeks, the Soccer Star Scheme and Mini-Soccer.

These programs have proved to be extremely popular:

•    Over 200,000 children enjoy Funweeks each year in England
•    Over 300,000 now play Mini-Soccer
•    Since 1989, over 1 million children have participated in the FA Soccer Star Scheme. Now in over 120 countries the program is available free on

He was appointed Technical Coordinator in 1997 and, together with Howard Wilkinson, the FA’s Technical Director, co-drafted and implemented the FA’s Strategic Plan for all Young Footballers: ’The Charter for Quality’ which included the creation of Academies and Charter Standard Clubs

From  1997 –2003 he was responsible for The FA’s Coach Education Program including the launch of the new FA/UEFA Courses as well as the  FA Coaches Association, the Insight Journal, The FA Youth Coaches Course, The FA Academy Managers Course  and in 1998 the FA’s UEFA Pro License Course. Up to 2004 he was also responsible in conjunction with The FA Premier League and Football League for the establishment and monitoring of over 30 Youth Academies.

In 2003 he created FA Learning Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary company of the Football Association to co-ordinate and delivers all the FA’s Educational Services. Learning now provides over 20 Online Courses for Coaches, Referees, Administrators in Generic and Soccer Specific subjects including Psychology, Fitness, Child Protection, and Refereeing

Robin has conducted numerous Courses and seminars for the FA in Asia, North America, Africa and South America. He has been a regular contributor to UEFA Conferences having been, on the recommendation of the FA, a member of the UEFA Grassroots Football Committee since 1996.

Robin has written six books and produced two videos for the FA with combined sales of over a 250,000.

Robin holds a Bachelor of Education Degree (University of Birmingham 1972) a Master of Arts Degree (University of Leeds 1974) and in recognition of his work for the FA, Robin was awarded the Fellowship of the Physical Education Association in the United Kingdom in 1998

In 2005 Robin was appointed UEFA’s first Football Development Consultant reporting directly to the UEFA Technical Director, Andy Roxburgh and in 2007 he was appointed as Consultant to the English FA’s Youth Development Group

Clients of Sports Path include : FIFA,UEFA,CONCACAF,NSCAA ( National Soccer Coaches Association of America) The Football Associations of England,Turkey,Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Northern Ireland as well as numerous State Soccer Associations in North America e.g. California,Massacheusetts,British Columbia, New York, Pennsylvania.


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