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The Football Academy

David Cornwell - Academy Director

David Cornwell - Academy Director (Boys & Girls)

As a former Southend United player who holds the UEFA ‘A’ coaching license, David has coached in the UK for Tottenham Hotspur and helped develop both female and male players in the USA as a Director of Coaching. David is influential in progressing players both academically and through football and also manages many of the apprenticeship programmes on offer. He has relationships with universities and employers and is able to offer advice and guidance once a player's college course is complete.

Kirk Game - Academy Co-ordinator/Coach

Kirk Game - Academy Co-ordinator/Coach (Boys)

Kirk is a former professional footballer and holds the UEFA ‘A’ coaching license. He played for Southend United FC and Colchester United FC and later for a number of semi-professional clubs that included Dartford FC, Chelmsford City FC, Heybridge Swifts FC, Dagenham & Redbridge FC, Billericay Town FC and Braintree Town FC. Kirk has coached at West Ham United's Academy and has played an instrumental part in the development of players who now play in the Premier League & Football League. Kirk is also a qualified personal trainer, and is responsible for the players' strength and conditioning programmes.

Stuart Slater - Academy Coach

Stuart Slater - Academy Coach (Boys)

Stuart is a former professional footballer and holds the UEFA ‘B' coaching license. He played for West Ham United, Celtic, Ipswich Town, Leicester City and Watford, as well as representing England at under-21 and B level. He later played for a number of semi-professional clubs that included Forest Green Rovers, Aberystwyth Town, Weston-super-Mare and Wivenhoe Town. Stuart has coached at West Ham United's Academy and has a wealth of experience developing players who now play Premier League & Football League clubs.

Dan Worthington - Academy Goalkeeper Coach

Dan Worthington - Academy Goalkeeper Coach (Boys)

Dan is a highly experienced and qualified coach who holds UEFA 'B' coaching licenses for goalkeeping and outfield players. He is a former West Ham United and Dagenham & Redbridge academy goalkeeper coach, and he has developed players who have signed for professional football 'category 1' academies.

Paul Taylor - Academy Coach (Boys)

Paul Taylor - Academy Coach (Boys)

Paul is a former Physical Education and Sports Science teacher with over 25 years experience. Paul holds a UEFA 'C' coaching licence coach and played semi-professional football for Billericay Town, Chelmsford City, Braintree Town and Newcastle Town. Paul has coached and managed adults and child teams at recreational and representative levels for many years. Paul is an important part of our team who develops players and also gives advice and guidance for those wishing to progress their studies in Sport.

Oliver Bell - Academy Coach (Boys)

Oliver Bell - Academy Coach (Boys)

Oliver is a former academy scholar, and during a three-year spell on our programme captained a championship winning team and made his senior debut for Heybridge Swifts. Oliver is now a qualified sports coordinator who works in local schools and a key member of the academy coaching staff. Oliver continues to ply his trade as a semi-professional football player at Coggeshall Town and being a former scholar, this is a highly motivational tool to our aspiring young players.

Vince Nicoll - Academy Goalkeeper Coach (Boys)

Vince Nicoll - Academy Goalkeeper Coach (Boys)

Vince is a former semi-professional footballer and holds the London FA Goalkeeping Certificate and UEFA 'C' coaching licenses for goalkeeping and outfield players. After retiring as a player, Vince gained a wealth of experience developing players at a number of independent soccer schools, semi-professional clubs and academies, and many now play at a high senior level. Vince is a highly regarded member of our team who always brings enthusiasm and motivation to his coaching sessions.

Kyle Jeffery - Academy Assistant Coach

Kyle Jeffery - Academy Assistant Coach (Boys)

Kyle graduated from Bournemouth University in 2009 after studying BSc in Sports Development and Coaching Sciences. Since then, Kyle has worked at various secondary schools, helping develop numerous sports teams. Kyle is now based in the College’s sport centre where he runs the College’s sport enrichment programme and extra-curricular activities. Kyle has played semiprofessional football for Heybridge Swifts and Witham Town FC.

Danny Parker

Danny Parker - Academy Coach (Girls)

Danny holds the UEFA 'B' and FA Youth Award, and has vast experience in coaching football to varying age groups and abilities. Danny has coached in the elite girls game for 9 years with Essex Regional Talent Club and is proud to have worked with players who have progressed from grassroots to senior football.

Beau Parker

Beau Parker - Academy Coach (Girls)

Beau is a Billericay Town first team player having previously played for Crystal Palace, Enfield Town, and Gillingham. Beau has experience of progressing through the ranks of an academy scheme, and as a former scholar and senior player this helps spur on our aspiring young players.

Additional Staff

Throughout the season we also employ the services of specialised coaches, medical and support staff, who are all best placed to offer professional, modern, and innovative practice to further enhance player progression. All staff work closely with the academic team to ensure the players remain on task and receive the best opportunities to succeed both on and off the football pitch.