Soccer Elite FA is pleased to confirm details of the expansion of our full-time staff.
This summer, we welcomed back Lee Radford on a full-time basis. Lee, who requires very little introduction to anybody who knows SEFA, has been appointed as Head of Post-16 Football, overseeing our 130+ full-time players across our four Post-16 venues. Quite simply put, Rads epitomises Soccer Elite, and we are ecstatic to have him back full-time, working with our oldest players during the day and our Academy players in the evening.
Lee’s appointment came after previous incumbent Kieran Culleton moved to Charlton Athletic full time, heading up their under 14s to 16s, a move that bookended a near decade-long stint as a full time member of staff at SEFA. It is a massive point of pride for SEFA that Kieran’s journey with us began with him coaching on a voluntary basis, and ended with him becoming one of the most senior members of staff at an EFL academy. Although no longer with us full time, Kieran very much remains a good friend and part of the SEFA family, working with our Academy players on Wednesday nights at Star Meadow.
Also rejoining us is Nathan White, who has returned as a Post-16 tutor and coach, while also delivering sessions in the evenings to our Academy players. We of course know the quality Whitey brings on the training pitch, and he has also swiftly proven himself as a capable tutor working across both our SEFA College Medway and SEFA College Swale centres. Working alongside Nathan is Josh Brooker, who has begun his tutoring apprenticeship with us, having completed three years of study at SEFA College Medway in the summer. The pathway from SEFA student / player to full time staff member has continued to be a fruitful and important part of our organisation, and we have been very pleased with Josh’s progress in his first few months as an apprentice.
Next through the door is Zak Byskup, who has joined as Academy Coordinator. Zak is a former student at our Maplesden Noakes Post-16 Programme, and joins us having completed a four year Sports Management degree at Loughborough University. Zak has settled in very quickly and has already established himself as an important part of the team that ensures the company runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis, as well as organising and overseeing our Academy sessions in the evening. Zak replaces Lee Juggins who has left to pursue an opportunity away from football, but much like Kieran, remains a close friend to us at SEFA.
Following the rapid growth of our SEFA College sites this summer, we are delighted to this week bring Steve Dampier on board to lead the education side of our Post-16 Programmes in Medway and Swale. An experienced and well-respected educator within the sector, Steve will oversee the delivery of our BTEC / NCFE courses, as well as helping to develop and train our existing tutors / assessors.
Finally, we extend a warm welcome to Charlie Himbury, who joins us to coach our Academy goalkeepers on a Friday. A graduate of our first-ever Post-16 squad formed in 2011, Charlie brings nearly a decade of experience coaching goalkeepers. In addition to his SEFA commitments, he is first-team goalkeeper coach at Isthmian Premier side Lewes, having previously held the same role at Dulwich Hamlet.
Soccer Elite FA are looking for coaches to work on Monday evenings at our Maidstone or Medway centres. Click here to find out more.