Simon Murphy – Technical Director

SSA Technical Director, Simon Murphy

Simon teamed up with CEO, Andrew Thorp, at the beginning of 2009 and is co-founder of Street Soccer Academy as a limited company and UK registered charity. Simon is responsible for the development of Street Soccer Academy’s corporate brand and acquisition of the prestigious Football Association Charter Standard.

Prior to involvement with Street Soccer Academy Simon was a director of Ambassadors in Sport and has a wealth of experience in grassroots football, as a player, coach, club chairman and having worked widely across the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. Simon has a vast knowledge of running major tournaments and festivals having organised the National Christian Football Festival for a number of years and as an executive committee member of the National Christian Cup. Simon is also responsible for devising the unique Soccer 24 fundraising concept, now used to raise funds for charities worldwide.

Simon’s vision is to see people being given hope and dignity through involvement in the quality football provision of Street Soccer Academy and the professional services & advice offered by partner agencies.

Zoe Murphy – General Manager

Zoe was recruited on a full-time basis in early 2013, following a two-year spell working for Street Soccer Academy in a voluntary capacity and completes the HQ-based Senior Management Team. Responsible for Street Soccer Academy’s affairs as a limited company and registered charity, Zoe brings with her a wealth of experience gained in the financial services industry, latterly overseeing the general insurance portfolios and risk management services for large, UK based companies, on behalf of an independent insurance brokers. In her time as a volunteer Zoe implemented the Sage accounting system for the charity and is responsible for the development of Street Soccer Academy’s policies and procedures. Working now on a full-time basis Zoe is responsible for the maintaining of a robust system of managing Street Soccer Academy’s activities, enabling the reach and the influence of the charity to be furthered, whilst maintaining an unrivalled level of service delivery.

Zoe’s vision is to generate hope for homeless and disadvantaged individuals through a UK network of SSA Regional Centres, resourced and equipped through a professionally managed HQ.