Meet Sonny Cobbs - Owner/Director
With over 12 years’ experience of playing professional football and coaching at the highest level both in England and the Middle East, Sonny has created a dynamic vision for the Royal Football Academy.
Sonny’s playing career began with Southampton FC before going on to play for Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. He played with and against some of the top names in the game such as Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott.
After becoming youth team captain at Brighton and leading the team to a successful run in the FA youth cup, Sonny signed a professional contract earning him a place in the First Team and appeared in both the English F.A. Championship and League 1 Divisions.
Sonny continued his football career at other clubs within the professional game representing Sutton United where he played in the FA Cup and was awarded ‘player of the year’. He followed with successful clubs in the National Conference League, such as Welling United, Eastbourne Borough and Dorchester.
He moved to Dubai to advance his passion and dedication on becoming a top international coach, but still continues to play for one of the top amateur sides in the U.A.E.
Sonny is a fully qualified and licenced UEFA B coach. Apart from qualified technical knowledge, he commands exceptional inter-personal and communicative skills across all platforms.
He has a unique ability to infuse passion and motivation whilst delivering instruction with a calm and positive reassurance. These qualities plus extensive experience and knowledge of mentoring players at both youth and senior levels has made Sonny one of the most sought-after coaches in the Middle East.
Sonny became Head of Football at some of the most prestigious schools and colleges in the U.K. He coached players of ages up to 21 at Worth Abbey and Lancing College, while still being involved in coaching schemes at Brighton and Hove Albion where his professional career started. He went on to work in England with professional clubs such as Brighton and Tottenham and continues to work very closely with the PFA (Professional Footballers Association).
Having professionally coached in Dubai for the past 4 years, Sonny knows the U.A.E very well and what it takes to succeed at all levels – and that success is to become the very best player you can be.
Sonny has personally coached over 500 students from the age of 4 up to Over 18’s on a weekly basis. His experience in Dubai provides all the right skills to take performance development in the U.A.E. to the next level of expertise.
Sonny is a committed professional who strives for excellence. He accepts nothing less than a comfortable and positive environment on the field of play, which in turn, allows for optimum performance from his players.
He is able to merge the very roots of football from England with European finesse and introduce the finishing touch to the youth of the U.A.E.