Robin Russell was born in Denmark of Scottish parents,qualified as a teacher and played semi- professional before joining the English FA in 1978 as a Regional Coach, then Assistant Director of Coaching in 1989
In the 1980’s he was involved in the FA National School, established the FA’s Grassroots Program and introduced the UEFA Coach Education Courses in England in 1996
From 1997 he was Technical Coordinator responsible for the creation of the FA Coaches Association, the introduction of Mini- Soccer, FA Learning Ltd. and with the FA’s Technical Director, Howard Wilkinson the creation of the Academy System.
Robin left fulltime employment with the FA in 2005 to become UEFA Football Development Consultant and start his own business in e-learning in football (www.SportsPath.com )
For UEFA he has advised on Grassroots Football, developed e-learning courses and contributed to the www.uefa.com/trainingground website
He has also acted as a consultant on e-learning, coach education and football development projects with FIFA, CONCACAF, AFC, for a numbers National Associations and clubs including Southampton FC and Shakhtar Donetsk. With Howard Wilkinson he founded the LMA School of Football Management online courses to which over 3,000 coaches have enrolled from over 50 countries