STAFF

'Attitude reflects leadership'

Meet the team...

CHRIS WATTERS
ACADEMY DIRECTOR

Oversees all football and education matters within The Academy.
 
A qualified College Lecturer, and a UEFA B coach, Chris has over 15 years’ experience in coaching and teaching, along with over 700 appearances in Non-League football.
 
Outside of the Academy, Chris is the Assistant Manager of Royston Town FC who play in the Southern Premier League. He also begins his UEFA A Licence next year.
BILLY HIGHTON
BUSINESS DIRECTOR

Responsible for all business development for The Academy.
 
With over 10 years experience of community development for professional clubs, Billy provides a wealth of knowledge for marketing and recruitment.
 
Billy also heads up our Ladies University Programme. 
LEIGH NICOL
LADIES ACADEMY & COMMUNITY MANAGER

Oversees all community provisions, as well as runs the Ladies Academy provision.
 
A previous student of Oaklands College, Leigh joined the Academy after her time with Arsenal Ladies. Currently awaiting the beginning of her UEFA B course, Leigh has led our Ladies provision to a League title in just three seasons.
 
Outside of the Academy, Leigh plays for Millwall Lionesses in the FAWSL 2, and was named Player of the Year for the 2017 Spring Series.
IAN HART
HEAD OF COACHING

Ian, who was previously the Academy Director for Histon Town FC during their National Conference League years, is a UEFA A Licence coach that spent many years as an FA Coach Educator.
 
Ian’s sessions with us focus on the player’s tactical development, as well as leading the main defensive technical sessions.
 
Outside of the Academy, Ian is Head of Coaching for Southend United FC.
 
MILES LEIGHTON
LEAD GOALKEEPING COACH

Miles, a UEFA B Licenced GK coach who has years of experience working within a Premier League Academy, joins us as our Lead GK Coach.
 
Outside of the Academy, Miles runs The One Glove Company, who endorse a number of Premier League goalkeepers.
YUDI MORRIS
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH

Responsible for all conditioning and end stage injury rehab.
 
Yudi has worked within Academy sports for the previous four years and is a UKSCA accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach.
 
Outside of the Academy, Yudi works as a personal trainer to many athletes, as well as runs a Sports Massage Therapist.
HARRY SMART
ASSISTANT GOALKEEPING COACH

Harry was previously our Academy captain before joining the coaching staff as a GK coach.
 
During his playing days, he led the Academy to the National Play-Offs at the first time of trying.
 
Outside of the Academy, Harry is training as a College Lecturer. He is also the current first choice GK for Stotfold in the Spartan Premier division.
ALEX THOMAS
LADIES DEVELOPMENT SQUAD MANAGER

Alex is another ex-EDSV player who was highlighted as a future staff member during his playing days with the Academy.
 
Currently undergoing his UEFA B course, Alex is a student of the game who won the ECFA Category 3 League in his first year of management.
 
Outside of the Academy, Alex is the manager of our very able AFC Oaklands U11 boys team.
PAUL MACINNES
SPORT THERAPIST

Responsible for all Academy rehab processes.
 
Paul, a member of the Society of Sports Therapists, is in his second season with the Academy and has a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy.
 
Outside of the Academy, Paul runs his own private clinic in St. Albans.
KYLE HELINA
SCHOOL PROJECT COACH

Kyle is a Level 2 coach who assists with our school projects and comcumity provisions.

Outside of the Academy, Kyle works as a coach for Watford FC Community Trust.



 
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