ORRIN BENFORD - MANAGING DIRECTOR ORANGE SOCCER LTD
'You have to crack a few eggs to make an omelette'
Orrin holds a unique array of qualifications that have culminated in the creation of Orange Soccer LTD and its Academy & OFCA. Orrin is UEFA B qualified Football Coach with 12 years experience of coaching in the game from the grassroots up to professional elite academies across Europe & USA. This background helps ensure Orange Soccer stays relevant and doesn't lose touch with the Community it is part of.
Orrin is also a CIMA qualified Management Accountant and former Project Finance Manager and has a degree in Sports Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath. These financial and project management skills are passed on to OFCA candidates throughout their course, to ensure the Coaches can underpin their coaching with solid business understanding. From logistics to cash flows, Orrin's qualifications and experiences in the Corporate world will give all OFCA Coaches the business skills they need to run their own successful Orange Soccer Academy
There are many things in football that simply aren't right. Orange Soccer is being built on the mantra to improve playing ability and experience from the grassroots up to elite level.
Where the grass roots is being exploited or elite level opportunities are being denied, Orange Soccer is coming to sort it out. We aren't afraid to shake things up to achieve our goals
GARY BLOWERS - BRAND DIRECTOR OF ORANGE SOCCER
Gary has a proven track record in establishing and building brands – for both himself and other organisations.
He is the co-founder of VIVA - a brand-led business consultancy that works with business leaders to develop
brand and marketing strategies to drive their business forward. VIVA operates in the USA, Europe & Middle East. He also established an online retailing brand called Furniture Port and sits on a number of boards in an advisory role.
Gary supports Orrin in developing innovative ways to build the Orange Soccer brand and it is this area where we see
huge potential for Orange Soccer.
In 2014, Gary created and launched The Nicest Job in Britain’ campaign which achieved an outreach of over 900 million
people in 128 countries. The initiative supported 45 charities around Britain and generated hugely valuable press coverage
and social media content for those involved.
Gary has a degree in International Business & Management from Aston University, Birmingham and has 24 years of
football playing experience from the grassroots to semi-professional level.
JOSH MOUNTAIN - HEAD OF ACADEMY
"Always look after Number One"
Josh joined Orange Soccer in June 2017 having returned to the UK following a three year love affair with Salt Lake City, USA where he worked as the Academy Director for the largest youth soccer club in the state of Utah.
He graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2012 with a degree in Sports Coaching and holds his UEFA B License, FA Youth Award, FA Goalkeeping Level 2 & NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Josh oversees the day to day running of the Orange Soccer Academy & Development Squads at Orange Soccer HQ, as well as coaching at the Preston Academy and with the Lancaster City FC Development Squad.
NATHAN FISHER - LANCASTER CITY FC DEVELOPMENT SQUAD HEAD COACH
"There are more things to life than Football, but I ignore them"
Another member of the Orange Soccer coaching staff who has spent time learning his craft coaching across the pond, Nathan is a UEFA B License candidate also holding his FA Youth Modules.
He has spent time coaching in the USA, Canada and Finland before returning to the UK to coach for Wigan Athletic's Junior and Ladies departments.
Nathan oversees our Lancaster City FC Development Squad U10, U14, U15 & U16 age groups, having spent the majority of his playing career on the medical table, he has been able to spend more time fine tuning his teaching of the beautiful game more than most, something which our players are reaping the benefits of.
NATHAN DAVIES - LANCASTER CITY FC DEVELOPMENT SQUAD & ACADEMY HEAD COACH
"It's not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward"
Another Sports Coaching Degree graduate from the famous UCLAN conveyer belt, Nathan coaches at our Lancaster City FC U12 Age Group, Preston and Lytham Academy locations and is scout for a Premier League Football Club.
Nathan is an FA Level 2 coach and has successfully integrated his experience coaching across a multitude of sports into his delivery of quality football sessions and brings a unique skillset to the Orange Soccer coaching staff, quickly becoming a player favourite.
DAN SUTCLIFF - LANCASTER CITY FC DEVELOPMENT SQUAD HEAD COACH
"Everything happens for a reason"
Dan joined Orange Soccer in 2017 after returning from a successful period coaching for Victoria Point Magic FC in Australia and is currently a UEFA B License candidate, also holding his FA Youth Modules and FA Futsal Level 2.
Currently overseeing the Lancaster City FC U11 Development Squad, Dan has made an immediate impact, using his experiences from coaching and playing in the UK and Australia to deliver a positive environment which our players are thriving in.