Havering College Football Academy has partnered with professional League 2 team Cambridge United Football Club. Training and games for the Football Academy is regularly monitored by the academy head of recruitment. You will receive 9 hours of coaching from FA UEFA qualified coaches and compete in games weekly.
Football Academy Courses
- Sport Level 1 Introductory Diploma BTEC
- Sport Level 1 Introductory Diploma BTEC (Football Academy Pathway)
- Sport Level 2 First Certificate BTEC
- Sport Level 2 First Certificate BTEC (Football Academy Pathway)
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.
The Academy Trials are once a term and are open to over 16s. Trials are held all year round and you can be involved by filling in this form.
To assist you in finding out all your need to know about the Havering College Football Academy some of the commonly asked questions are shown below. If the information you need is not available then please contact us to find out more.
Where is the Academy located?
The Academy is located at the Quarles Campus of Havering College.
What is a typical week at the Academy?
Players will train 3 times per week, with games being played on a Wednesday afternoon. The training will include team technical and tactical training, strength and conditioning work and video analysis. The players will study alongside this ensuring a holistic approach to their development.
Who are the coaches?
The coaches are UEFA qualified and involved with professional academies working with some of the most talented young players in the country.
Please see the Academy Staff tab for staff profiles.
Where are home games played?
The Academy play their home games at Redbridge Football ClubOakside Stadium
What is the partnership with Cambridge United FC?
The partnership with Cambridge United allows talented players to be identified within the Havering area. This will offer a pathway to high achievers, with a member of the Cambridge United Recruitment Team regularly present.
Do I need to attend a trial?
Ideally we would like to see a player in order for our coaching staff to assess their ability. This can be done in either of the following ways:
What is the age limit?
The main BTEC in Sport course is for players aged between 16-19 years of age.
What will I study whilst on the course?
In most cases players would register on the BTEC in Sport college course. This would also be held at the Quarles Campus.
How long is the BTEC course?
The courses last from 1 to 3 years, dependent on your age, chosen course and GCSE grades.