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Jamie Waller BSc - Academy Director
Previous Clubs as Player/Coach: West Ham United FC/Crystal Palace FC/New York RedBulls/Bromley FC/Hampton & Richmond FC/Tooting & Mitcham FC/Connahs Quay FC (Wales)/Croydon Athletic FC/Chipstead FC
Coaching Qualifications: Sport Science & Football BSc (Hons) Degree/ UEFA A Licence/FA Youth Modules 1/2/3 / FA Developing Defenders Certificate/ FA Developing Forwards Certificate/ FA Futsal Level 1 & 2
Coaching Experience: Jamie spent x 6 years at Crystal Palace FC Academy coaching the U13-U16 age groups before moving to West Ham Utd in a similar capacity. With observational visits to Ajax FC in 2013 and FC Barcelona in 2012 it has given Jamie a great insight into how some of the most successful academy’s in Europe operate.
Jamie also works as a consultant for The Premier League, attending U23, U18s & U9-U15s fixtures weekly at Premier League Clubs in the South of England to observe and report on the games, clubs and players.
Favourite Player: Zinedine Zidane/Messi
Aidan Syers BSc - Head of Sport Science & Conditioning
Previous Clubs as Player/Coach: Crystal Palace FC/Chipstead FC
Coaching Qualifications: Sport Science BSc Degree
Coaching Experience: As an international sprinter for his country Aidan gains much respect as an athlete. Aidan is a graduate of the prestigious Loughborough University and has represented England & Team GB for the past 14 years, making him one of the most well known athletes in his event across Europe. Aidan has a string of coaching qualifications and works with our players on the fundamental movement exercises needed to play at the highest level.
Favorite Player: Ian Wright/Ronaldo
Barry Boxall - Pre-scholarship Head Coach
Barry holds a UEFA A Licence and heads up our pre-scholarship partnership with Shelton Athletic U16s. Barry has previously worked as a club scout for Arsenal, Fulham and now coaches and scouts for Southampton FC Academy in addition to his commitments with us at Unique FA. Barry also delivers sessions at our Croydon Technical Centre.
Team Supports: Arsenal
Charlie Turnbull - Academy Coach
Previous Clubs: Chelsea/West Ham Utd/Reading (as a scholar)Tottenham/ Fulham (Currently)
Coaching Qualifications: UEFA A Licence/ FA Youth Modules 1 & 2/ Sports Coaching BSc Hons
Coaching Experience: Charlie was a schoolboy at Chelsea and West Ham and served a scholarship at Reading FC. Charlie went on to study at Loughborough University and after graduating is currently working towards a masters at the highly esteemed University. Charlie has previously worked as an academy coach at Tottenham Hotspurs and also fulfilled the role of U18s performance analyst. He currently coaches the young players at Fulham’s Academy overseeing both the U11 and U13 age groups in a unique role, as well as his duties with Unique FA.
Favourite Player: Messi
Ollie Bennett - Technical Coach
Ollie is a former Crystal Palace FC youth player having spent 10 years at the club from the age of 8-18. Ollie now plays for Tooting & Mitcham FC and having chosen the coaching pathway he provides valuable experience, having been through the academy system for such a long period of time. Ollie has excellent technical detail and is extremely popular with the young players at Unique FA.
Team Supports: Man Utd
Pete Booth - Academy Coach
Boothy coaches our elite academy boys on occasion throughout the season and is hugely popular with players and staff alike. With huge experience of coaching, having coached at Fulhams Catergory 1 academy for 15 years Boothy is extremely infectious and always smiling.
Favourite Player: Graeme Souness
Favourite Team: Rangers
Toby - Technical Coach
Toby initially joined us as an assistant technical coach but proved to be extremely popular with the players and after shadowing the Head coaches during his first year he now takes charge of some of the younger age groups at both Beckenham and Croydon Technical Centres.
Toby previously managed Beckenham Town U18s side and also delivers our pre-academy programme in Croydon on Saturday mornings.
Favourite Team: Arsenal
Mike has spent his whole career at Crystal Palace FC. Having played under Jamie for many years and alongside Ollie at Crystal Palace, Mike was welcomed on board at Unique FA in 2018 whilst playing for Maidstone Utd in the National Conference League having left Crystal Palace FC after 2 years as a pro at the club.
Mike featured heavily under Frank De Boer during Pre-season in 2017/18 season but failed to break into the team under Roy Hodgson, although was named in the squad v Arsenal in the Premier League fixture the previous season.
Mike has already started his coaching pathway and has passed his FA Level 2, now working towards his UEFA B Licence whilst balancing his playing career.
Team Supported: Millwall FC
Favourite Player: Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Luke Kimberley BSc (Hons)
Luke joined the team as a conditioning and movement specialist. Luke has vast experience as a PE teacher and Personal Trainer and with his background in non-league football and expertise in delivering relevant training sessions Luke is a valued member of the team.
Team Supported: West Ham Utd
Favourite Player: Mark Noble