1st Touch Football Academy
1st Touch Football Academy

Contact Us :

1st Touch Football Academy

12 Grampian Close


East Sussex

BN23 8EP

07799 771272 

Coaching Venue U5 to U7 :

Eastbourne College

Beresford House

Summerdown Road


East Sussex

BN20 8DG


Astro Trainers Only

Coaching Venue U8 to U16 :

Eastbourne College

Beresford House

Summerdown Road


East Sussex

BN20 8DG


Astro Trainers Only

Session times :

Eastbourne College - Beresford House :


Pre Academy 

Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm

(4-7 yr old)


Foundation Phase 

Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm

(8-11 yr old)


Development Phase

Thursday 6.30pm to 7.30pm

(12-16 yr old)

2 Free Trial Sessions!!

All new players receive two free sessions before deciding whether to commit to 1st Touch Football Academy

Book it online now.

Director of Coaching - Tobi Hutchinson

Tobi has vast experience of both playing and coaching football and has earned a reputation as a respected coach across Sussex, working extensively with children aged 4 to 18 as well as adults in senior football.

As a player Tobi spent his youth with Brighton & Hove Albion FC, playing for their academy sides as well as their full youth side alongside professional footballers and represented Sussex at U14, U15, U16, U18 and U21s.
On leaving BHA, Tobi forged an impressive non league career with clubs such as Sutton Utd and Woking as well as a host of Sussex’s top county teams such as E/B Town, E/B Utd and Langney Sports (now E/B Borough FC), making approx 700 appearances, scoring nearly 300 senior goals and has the unique achievement of winning at least one senior trophy in each of the last 4 decades.
Tobi has coached with local youth football clubs for nearly 20 years and has worked with BHA FC Girls Centre of Excellence and the Sussex Sports Partnership at Sussex University.

He has enjoyed success as a senior coach and manager, coaching Eastbourne United to a County League and Cup double before managing Worthing United to their highest ever league placing and leading Seaford Town to their first ever Senior trophy win.

Tobi is now a lead coach with Brighton and Hove Albions Pre Academy where he coaches the elite U7s and elite U8s prior to them registering at the full Academy.
He is UEFA B Level 3 qualified and has also taken the new FA Youth Module Award levels 1, 2 and 3. He has completed courses in safeguarding children and emergency aid as well as being educated in drug awareness, food and nutrition and psychology in sport. Tobi is fully enhanced CRB checked.



• UEFA B Level 3 qualified


• UEFA B Level 2 qualified


• FA Youth Module Level 3 - Developing the Player


• FA Youth Module Level 2 - Developing the Practice


• FA Youth Module Level 1 - Developing the Environment


• FA Coaching Children Certificate


• Equality and Diversity in Sport Level 1


• Level 7 Referee


• FA Safeguarding Children


• FA Emergency Aid


• Full member of the FA Licenced Coaches CLub


• Sussex County FA Coaches Association


• Fully Enhanced CRB Checked



Modules :


• Fitness analysis and planning


• Safe coaching environments/Risk Assessments


• Match and player analysis


• Psychological analysis and profiling


• Nutrition and drug awareness


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