Under 17 Phoenix

Langton Green Phoenix (U17) are managed by Ian Knapp ([email protected]) and Tim Akers.

New Players Wanted:

We are actively looking for a couple of new players with the right attitude and ability level to join our friendly and talented squad for the 2020 / 2021 season. We play our home matches on a variety of 3G and grass pitches and we train on Tuesday evenings on 3G. 

If your son is interested in joining our hard-working squad, please e-mail [email protected] with information about where he has previously played (standard, league, position). Possessing the right attitude is just as important, if not more so, for any prospective new player as  footballing ability. Having said that, we expect our players to be technically strong and comfortable on the ball.


The boys will be entering their fifth season of 11 a side football for the 2020 / 2021 season, playing as an U17 team in the U18 B division of the Crowborough League.

Unbeaten A division champions during the 2016 / 2017 season, the team moved to the challenging Mid Sussex League the following season and spent three enjoyable years there, facing some of the strongest teams in Sussex, winning promotion in their first season and making lots of new friends along the way. After 3 years of trips to Brighton for 9am kick offs and the like, we have decided to return to the more local Crowborough League for the 2020 / 2021 season.

Our team philosophy is to try and get our players as comfortable on the ball as possible and able to think for themselves on the pitch, playing with positivity, intelligence and energy, on and off the ball. We're firm believers that if the team are encouraged to play "the right way" to a consistent playing philosophy and are allowed to express themselves and learn from their mistakes, then the results will naturally follow. We have won the sportsmanship award for our division twice in the last 4 years. A referee we had for one of our 11 a side league games recently wrote to us the next day to say:

"It was an absolute pleasure to referee your game. I was extremely impressed by both the standard of play and the emotional character of your team. I'm sure you will achieve great success in the future. I look forward to our paths crossing again.”

Hopefully that says a lot more than anything we could say about ourselves.


Coaches / Assistants:
  • Ian Knapp (FA Level 3 Licensed Coach)
  • Tim Akers (FA Level 1)
  • Tony Williams (FA Level 1 / Goalkeeping Coach)
  • James Morgan

All our coaches are fully CRB checked and hold a wide range of FA coaching qualifications between them. Ian is planning on completing his Uefa B license in the near future.

Achievements / Awards:
  • 2019 Langton Green Fiesta - U15 Plate Winners (finally!!!) and Runners Up
  • 2019 Paddock Wood Fiesta - U15 Plate Runners Up
  • 2019 Jarvis Brook Fiesta - U15 Cup Runners Up
  • 2018 Mid Sussex League Sportsmanship Award Winners
  • 2018 Langton Green Fiesta - U14 Plate Runners Up
  • 2018 Jarvis Brook Tournament - U14 Cup Runners Up
  • 2018 Langton Green Easter Tournament - Cup Winners
  • 2016 / 2017 Crowborough League A Division - Champions (U13)
  • 2017 Pembury Tournament - U13 Plate Winners
  • 2017 Langton Green Tournament - U13 Plate Runners Up
  • 2017 Tunbridge Wells Youth (Ridgewaye) Tournament - U13 Shield Winners
  • 2017 Jarvis Brook Tournament - U13 Cup Runners Up
  • 2016 Crowborough League Cup Runners-Up (U12 - Eagles)
  • 2016 Crowborough League B Division Runners-Up (U12 - Eagles)
  • 2016 Jarvis Brook Fiesta - U12 Plate Winners (Rangers)
  • 2016 Chelsea Tournament @ Stamford Bridge - U12 Semi Finalists (Eagles)
  • 2015 Crowborough League Sportsmanship Award - U11 Winners (Eagles)
  • 2014 Sedlescombe Fiesta - U10 Cup Winners (Eagles)
  • 2014 Ridgewaye Fiesta - U10 Plate Runners Up (Eagles)