James Simmonds

Under-18s Assistant

James Simmonds is a former schoolboy player who has turned his hand to coaching since hanging up his boots and was promoted to Under-18s assistant in the summer of 2019.

Simmonds played alongside Jack Cork, Michael Mancienne, Ryan Bertrand and Scott Sinclair in the Chelsea youth team in 2005/06, before going on to represent the Republic of Ireland at Under-19 level. His senior career took in spells at Dover Athletic and the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain before he returned to Cobham in a coaching capacity. He worked with the 2019/20 intake of new scholars at both Under-15 and Under-16 level, winning silverware in both seasons.