Goodbye Kieran


Soccer Elite FA says goodbye this week as Kieran Culleton heads to the United States to take up a new coaching role.



Kieran leaves on Friday and is heading for Texas where he will coach the Texas Rush under 12s, 13s, 14s and 18s. Rush’s regular opponents include MLS sides Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City.


Loved by players, parents and coaches, Kieran joined SEFA on a part time basis in February 2012 and impressed sufficiently to turn full time a year later.


He has taken part in five successful tours abroad to Belgium (x2), Barcelona, Milan and Rome and has also coached in numerous professional fixtures against the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool.


DSC_0229Kieran made a particular mark with our younger players, heading up our thriving Saturday Academy centres at Maidstone, Kings Hill and Gillingham.


Ahead of his departure Kieran penned a message to all involved with Soccer Elite FA: “Thank you to the players, coaches, staff and parents have made the last 3 years unbelievable for myself and have provided me with memories that will last a lifetime. 


“First of all I wish miss the players and their incredible enthusiasm for the game. I have loved working with all of the SEFA players and the academy continues to create unbelievable footballers and I’m so lucky to have been a part of that. I’ve had the huge privilege this season working with some outstanding age groups, an extremely exciting U12 group, a superb U8 group, and an incredible set of gifted U6 players and it’s great to see the academy so strong at all age groups.


“Thank you to all of the players I’ve been lucky to work with you have never failed to put a smile on my face. Thanks to all of the parents too who have been amazing to me and always been so welcoming, I’ll miss coaching in that top corner of Mapes and getting a some sort of banter thrown my way!


IMG_8915“I’d also like to thank the many coaches I’ve worked with and how much they have impacted my time at SEFA. Would like to thank my brother Ryan Croucher who has not only been the best colleague, but an incredible mate and someone I will miss hugely while I’m away. Lee Radford has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside every day and does an incredible job for SEFA and someone again I will miss hugely. Also to the young lads coming through, Joe Reeves, Mikey Dalton & Connor Charlton, their level of dedication is incredible and they do so much behind the scenes to keep up the high standards of the academy.


“I’d also like to thank some of the office staff who I see every day, Mario Russo, Liz Abi-Aad and Sam Bunn who is a great mate who I will miss immensely. Lastly so many associate coaches I have the pleasure of working with so often, Nathan White, Josh Stanford, Rich Radbourne to name a few. 


“Lastly I would just like to thanks Spills and Browney for everything they have done for me and how they have given me the absolute best education in coaching and set me up so well. They’ve taught me so much off the pitch, not only within football, the standards they have set for myself and the rest of the boys I will always take with me and the attention to detail they have both passed on. Thank you to the best bosses and mates I could have wished for, the support you have given me to embark on a new opportunity means I will go out to the U.S full of confidence in my ability as a coach and that is all down to the both of you. 


“I look forward to an exciting new opportunity and will be great to keep in contact with so many of you and I’ll always be checking up on SEFA through social media to know what’s going on. Once again, thank you to everyone I’ve mentioned, players and coaches keep up the amazing work – I will miss you all.”


IMG_8788SEFA Director Lee Spiller also took the time to thank Kieran for his efforts: “Kieran has been an absolute delight to work with and he has stood out as a great coach with a desire to improve himself and learn.


“He has played an integral part in our full time operation, proving himself to be a strong businessman as well as a coach and has overseen a massive expansion at our successful Saturday Academy centres.


“He is a hugely respected member of the team who has always been willing to help others. He really is a part of the family here at SEFA and it was great that he could sign off by joining our staff trip in Marbella a couple of weeks ago where we really got to spend some quality time together.


“I am excited to see Kieran thrive in his new role where he will get to coach in an area where soccer is massively thriving and expanding. There will always be a place for Kieran here at SEFA and we wish him all the best in this next chapter. Good luck and enjoy mate!”