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.
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 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.
He enjoys working with 16-19 year olds as he knows how hard it is to make it to the top level, and hopes that he can pass on some of his experiences to the players, helping them progress with their careers. As a player he played for Leyton Orient FC, Nike Football Academy, Yeovil Town FC, Braintree Town FC and Billericay Town FC.
As a player, he represented Trinidad & Tobago U-17 and had short stints at Southend United FC and Leyton Orient FC, and also played for Grays Athletic FC. Curtis has been the manager of the Whyteleafe FC's Academy for seven years and is keen to improve youngsters as both players and people to go on and achieve the best they can in their lives whilst instilling discipline and a positive attitude.