Our Coaches

David Gill

Position: Co-founder/Director

Supports: Crystal Palace

Coaching qualifications:

  • Level 5 Certificate Primary school physical education specialism
  • Level 3 Diploma in sports coaching
  • UEFA B Licence
  • FA Youth Award
  • FA Level 2 Talent Identification
  • FA Level 1 Futsal
  • FA Mentoring Adults

 

Bio: David has over 15 years experience within the education, professional football and grassroots sector (UK and overseas). He started working within football at the age of 16 and has played/coached at both Youth/Senior semi-professional level. Before co-founding the company, David successfully ran Croydon FC Youth section for a number of years and spent 3 years as a Foundation Phase Academy coach/scout at Fulham FC. Currently, he works in partnered schools teaching a variety of sporting activities. In the 2019/2020 season, he has taken on the roles of U12 Head Coach at Bromley FC Academy and Lead Area Co-ordinator Scout at Brighton Hove Albion.

Future CPD: FA Youth Advanced Award & FA Talent ID Level 3

Ben Uzun

Position: Co-founder/director

Supports: Chelsea

Coaching qualifications:

  • Level 5 Certificate Primary school physical education specialism
  • Level 3 Diploma in sports coaching
  • FA Level 2 coaching football
  • FA Level 2 Goalkeepers
  • FA Level 1 Talent Identification
  • FA Level 1 Disabled in Football

 

Bio: Ben has been coaching grassroots football, for various age groups (U7-U15), for over 15 years. His coaching experience extends to providing high quality PE sessions, within academy primary schools, for over 13 years.  Ben has played football at amateur and semi-professional level as a goalkeeper and currently leads our goalkeeper development centre on a Friday evening.

Future CPD: UEFA B Licence & Talent ID Level 2

Dickson Gill

Position: Head Coach / Coach Mentor

Supports: Manchester United

Coaching qualifications:

  • UEFA A Licence
  • FA Youth Award
  • FA Level 2 Talent Identification
  • Welfare Officer

 

Bio: Dickson is a highly experienced and valued professional coach, whose career spans over 40 years working throughout the UK, USA and Malta. Over the course of his coaching journey, he has worked with clubs such as Crystal Palace, Dulwich Hamlet, Carshalton Athletic, Cape Express (USA) and Mgarr United (Malta). Before he retired, Dickson's last role in semi-professional football finished in 2017, where he spent 12 years as Chairman and Head Coach of Croydon FC. Currently, he works alongside our other coaches at our development program on a Monday evening and assists with Bromley FC U12 Academy.

Future CPD: UEFA Pro Licence

Bradley Lay

Position: Lead Coach & Welfare Officer

Supports: Crystal Palace

Coaching qualifications:

  • FA Level 2 coaching football
  • FA level 2 Talent Identification
  • FA welfare officer
  • FA Mentoring Adults
  • WFA football tactics
  • USC developing a team philosophy and purpose
  • Video analysis for beginners
  • Boxercise instructor award

 

Bio: Bradley is an ambitious student of the game, regularly studying methods, philosophies and infrastructure from clubs around Europe. He has gained coaching experience in the UK, America and Portugal and in 2018 spent time at Crystal Palace FC observing the under 23 squad training sessions and analysis department. Previously, Bradley has coached at various grassroots clubs of all ages and successfully ran Croydon FC Youth, with David Gill, for many years. He currently works in primary schools teaching a variety of sports sessions.

Future CPD: UEFA B licence & Talent ID Level 3

Coach T

Position: Lead Development Centre Coach

Supports: Crystal Palace

Coaching qualifications:

  • Sport Science BSc (Hons)
  • FA Level 2 Football
  • FA Primary Teaching Award
  • PGCE

 

Bio: Since graduating from the University of Kent, Coach T has worked diligently within the community as a PE teacher and football coach. Combining his knowledge from a successful non-league playing career and working under many conversant coaches within academy and grassroots football. Coach T's aim is to develop each player to the best of their ability.

Future CPD: Degree of Masters & UEFA B Licence 

Josh Uzun

Position: Development Centre Coach

Supports: Chelsea

Coaching qualifications:

  • FA Level 2

 

Bio: After completing a 2-year scholarship with Leyton Orient, Josh worked in primary schools delivering PE lessons and after school clubs. He also spent 5 years playing for Corinthian Casuals and played a massive role in their promotion to the Isthmian League. Currently, Josh supports other coaches at our Development Program and Goalkeeping Centre.

Future CPD: FA Level 1 Goalkeeping Award

Tyler Bagalue

Position: Coach

Supports: Manchester United

Coaching qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching
  • FA Level 1 Football

 

Bio: Tyler has always enjoyed playing netball and started from the age of 6. She continued her love for the sport by playing at county level and went on to manage her own netball team. When she attended college, she studied sports science and extended her coaching knowledge to a variety of sports. Tyler continues to teach sports activities to young pupils and mentors some of these individuals.

Future CPD: Netball coaching qualification

Louis Smith

Position:  Lead Coach

Supports: Chelsea

Coaching qualifications:

  • Physical & Sports Education BA (Hons)
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Level 2 Diploma in Sport
  • John Paul II Foundation for Sport level 2 coaching award
  • 1st 4 Sport level 1 Handball coaching award
  • F.A Primary Teachers award
  • F.A Junior Football Leadership award

 

Bio: Louis is an enthusiastic and highly respected individual that coaches to the highest standard within the sporting industry. He believes that participation and sporting values are key for making individuals and not just athletes. This is shown in his coaching style by engaging and learning with all pupils then moving towards a student led session where emphasise is on initiative and decision making. Throughout his sporting experience, he has participated in a wide range of activities from the traditional sports Rugby, Hockey and Tennis to non-traditional sports Gaelic Football and Hurling to improve his coaching knowledge. Finally, since graduating from St Mary's University Twickenham, Louis has a firm belief that to be a well rounded coach you must have not just a knowledge of a coach but the character to be a leader and a role model to the next generation.

Future CPD: PGCE Primary Physical Education (PE) Specialist with QTS

Derek Burke

Position:  Lead Coach

Supports: Manchester United

Coaching qualifications:

  • Fa Level 1 coaching football
  • Fa Youth Module 1 & 2
  • Fa Futsal Level 1
  • Fa Level 1 Talent Identification
  • Youth Mentoring in Sports

 

Bio: Derek, has many years experience in a football and education setting. His energetic, enthusiasm and warm-natured manner plays a vital role in delivering sport sessions for students of all ages. Previously, Derek has ran football foundation projects at both Crystal Palace and Arsenal fc. He has also spent many years coaching in grassroots/semi pro level. Currently, Derek has a lead role in providing sessions for after school clubs in our partnered schools and also undertakes various other coaching roles.

Future CPD: FA Level 2 in Football & FA Level 2 Talent Identification