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Kurt Husnu   Kurt Husnu - Head Coach  

Kurt is one of the youngest coaches in England to hold the FA’s prestigious UEFA A Licence. He was one of the few coaches in England to be offered support by the Football Association as part of their COACH Bursary Programme. He has coached for approximately 10 years working with players from the grassroots level to the professional level. Kurt is currently an academy coach at Southend United Football Club and enjoys helping players develop.

Alongside the UEFA A licence coaching qualification, Kurt graduated from the University of Brighton with an MSc in Sports and Exercise Science. Additionally, he graduated from London Metropolitan University with a BSc in Sports Psychology & Performance. Kurt is also a qualified teacher possessing a Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS). He uses these academic and practical qualifications to aid the quality of his teaching in the classroom and on the pitch. Kurt currently teaches on our BTEC sport qualifications from Level 1 to Level 3 and is a grade 1 teacher.

Kurt played for Millwall Football Club from ages 11-16 on a schoolboy contract and then moved to Southend United FC as a scholar. Kurt spent three years at Southend United FC playing regularly for the youth and reserve teams.

  Stuart Fergus - Head of Football Academy Recruitment & Coach  

Stuart has over 10 years coaching experience. He is a Level 2 FA qualified coach and is due to start his UEFA B license course in 2016. He believes in not only helping students develop their educational skills but to also developing them as people. He studied a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport and also a Level 3 BTEC in Teaching & Educating

He started his own football coaching company in 2010, First Kick Football, and he has gone on to coach at Southend United FC as an academy coach and he is currently working for Cambridge United FC in their recruitment team. As well as coaching at the College Stuart is also the coach for Brentwood Town FC under 21s. He has helped develop players for both professional and semi-professional clubs.

Stuart was a youth team player at Southend United FC and he was also a scholar at Boston United FC. Stuart spent the rest of his playing career at a number of semi-professional clubs. 

  Ben Blatchford - Strength, Fitness & Conditioning Coach  

Ben is one of the very few students to be awarded the opportunity to do an apprenticeship qualification at Havering College based on his academic and sport performance. Ben was awarded sports student of the year in 2014/15.

Ben is currently studying a sports development apprenticeship, he is also the strength and conditioning coach for the Football Academy.

Ben is also a qualified Level 2 Fitness Instructor along with being a Level 3 personal trainer. He manages the college gym on a daily basis helping the Football Academy players, college students and staff achieve their fitness goals. Ben’s speciality is improving aerobic endurance, power, speed and strength levels for sport and exercise. Ben also coaches the goalkeepers on the academy and assists with the defensive elements of training.

Ben completed the Football Academy course last year achieving a triple Merit grade which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. During his second year he was proud to captain the Football Academy. Ben has also achieved an FA Level 1 Coaching qualification.

  Sam Lechmere - Coach  

Sam is a UEFA B licensed coach and has coached for over 5 years in both West Ham United FC’s Academy and Foundation having previously worked with Chelsea FC’s Foundation.

He enjoys working with 16-19 year olds as he knows how hard it is to make it to the top level, and hopes that he can pass on some of his experiences to the players, helping them progress with their careers. As a player he played for Leyton Orient FC, Nike Football Academy, Yeovil Town FC, Braintree Town FC and Billericay Town FC.

  Curtus Whyte - Coach  

Curtis has over 16 years’ experience, coaching at both youth and adult level. He has completed his UEFA A Licence course introductory course, and is waiting for a place on the course. He has worked with a number of both professional and semi-professional clubs including Chelsea FC, Charlton Atheletic FC, Welling United FC, Aveley FC, and is currently the 1st team coach at Witham Town FC. He was also the manager of Tooting & Mitcham United Ladies FC in the Southern Combinations League, while also being the assistant manager for the England Amateur Football Alliance (AFA) team.

As a player, he represented Trinidad & Tobago U-17 and had short stints at Southend United FC and Leyton Orient FC, and also played for Grays Athletic FC. Curtis has been the manager of the Whyteleafe FC's Academy for seven years and is keen to improve youngsters as both players and people to go on and achieve the best they can in their lives whilst instilling discipline and a positive attitude.

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