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The Football Academy

David Cornwell - Academy Director

David Cornwell - Academy Director

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

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

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

Dan is a highly experienced and qualified coach who holds FA goalkeeping licence and youth module. 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.

Kyle Jeffery - Academy Assistant Coach

Kyle Jeffery - Academy Assistant Coach

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.

Sam Robinson - Academy Sports Rehabilitator

Sam Robinson - Academy Sports Rehabilitator

Sam is a Graduate Sports Rehabilitator who specialises in running related pathologies and contact/collision injuries. He graduated from St Mary's University, Twickenham with a degree in Sports Rehabilitation in May 2016. During his degree, Sam had the privilege of working at professional sports teams and fully established Clinics such as AFC Wimbledon (First Team) and London Broncos (Rugby League) to gain vital first-hand experience in establishments at the fore front of clinical science.

Since graduating Sam has worked as an immediate Pitch side Sports Therapist for several sporting clubs including Basildon Rugby Club, Chelmsford Athletics Club and Chelmsford College. Alongside this Sam has opened his own private clinic (Chelmsford Sports Injury Clinic, tel: 07587 054854) which has now become full time.

Sam is registered and insured by the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) which is certified by the Professional Standards Authority. He provides professional pitch side assistance at all the Academy 1st team's home games to help treat any injuries that may occur and insure the safety of the players.

Additional Staff

Kirk and Stuart 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. Throughout the season a number of specialised coaches and support staff are employed to further player development, and they are best placed to offer professional, modern and innovative practice to further enhance player progression.