• delivering EXCELLENCE
  • generating HOPE
  • providing DIGNITY
  • fuelling AMBITION

The SSA Team

Andrew Thorp - Chief Executive Officer

Andrew founded the Street Soccer Academy concept in 2005 and under his leadership the work has developed into an award winning registered charity and innovative enterprise.

Educated at Loughborough University, Andrew has a BSc Hons in Management Sciences and has experience as a tutor and assessor at Salford City College, responsible for the delivery of an NVQ 2 qualification in Teaching, Instructing and Training. He is also a UEFA ‘B’ qualified coach and has vast experience working in the professional and semi-professional football world at Rochdale AFC, Leigh RMI and Trafford FC. It is through his experience in these fields that the accredited education programmes have been formulated in order to significantly enhance the opportunities of Street Soccer Academy beneficiaries. Andrew’s passion is to see individuals, whose circumstances place them on the margins of society, permanently turn their lives around through the positive influence of Street Soccer Academy.

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Simon Murphy - Chief Operating Officer

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 England Football Accreditation.

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, 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.

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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 maintenance of a robust system of managing Street Soccer Academy’s activities, enabling the reach and the influence of the charity to be furthered, whilst ensuring 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.

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  • Anthony Smith

    Coach Educator (Community)
    Anthony is an FA qualified coach and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of our community programmes in the Greater Manchester and Lancashire regions. With a background as a player in semi-professional football, Anthony is our Streetfit specialist with expertise in delivering football-based fitness programmes in a variety of community settings. A highly professional technician, Anthony also has many years experience in delivering our Coach Education & Personal Development Programme in both community and custody settings.
  • Tony Holmes

    Coach Educator (Custody)
    Tony is the senior staff member in our custody programmes and has played a major role in the development of our highly regarded Custody to Community Programme. With a background in coaching semi-professional football (Leigh RMI, Trafford FC) as a specialist goalkeeping coach, Tony has many years experience of delivering our Coach Education & Personal Development Programme in custody settings and provides staff training and project development expertise in this area.
  • Andy Nelson

    Coach Educator (Custody)
    Andy is a highly qualified member of staff, responsible for delivery of our custody programmes in North Wales. A former professional footballer, Andy is a UEFA 'A' Licence coach, having coached at Leigh RMI, Chorley FC & Witton Albion and as a tutor for the English FA. Andy's qualifications and experience are invaluable as we develop our programmes in the North Wales region and have assisted in Street Soccer Academy quickly establishing a professional reputation in a new area of operation for the charity.
  • Steve Monk

    Coach Educator (Custody)
    Steve joined our North Wales team in May 2022 and has a track record of delivering education programmes in custody settings. Whilst bringing with him a vast knowledge of delivering programmes to meet Estyn standards, Steve also has a background of coaching club football in the Welsh National League. His wealth of experience in both education and football coaching make him an invaluable member of our team as we seek to engage with service users and provide support in their resettlement planning.