Buckswood Senior Football Academy
Exceptional Football coaching at Buckswood has been part of our DNA for many years and the Junior Football Academy is run in association with the Foundation arm of UK Premiership giants Chelsea Football Club.
As well as our highly qualified, expert coaches, the Academy is supported by the Buckswood Health Service with a staff of registered nurses and health assistants and various specialists including physiotherapists and sports conditioning coaches.
Director of Football and Senior Coach – Daryl Willard
I began at Buckswood Football Academy in September 2015. After coaching and developing young players at Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC, I spent 5 years in Azerbaijan developing young national team players for the Azerbaijan FA. It was fantastic for me to develop young players and see them play for their club’s first teams and even national teams against opposition such as Germany, Italy and Portugal.
In just a year we have seen great results from the academy. Hyeokjun Lee signed a 3 year professional deal at a European club side (Latvia) who compete in the Europa League, Takuki Bunya had a impressive trial at Manchester City (England) and Juan Emiliano spent a week with Malaga FC (Spain), Alonso Alvarez at Deportivo Leganes (Spain), Nick Abbott signed a 1 year professional contract in Spain.
But is not just about the Elite! Anyone who would like to participate can! We have now a development group which is available for players who just enjoy playing but maybe do not have the aspirations to be a footballer. We also have a girls football club which have been entered in regional and national competitions as well.
My job is simple… to help young players achieve their potential on and off the pitch. At Buckswood there is a fantastic balance between academics and football and I am in constant communication with the teachers to make sure the shared focus between football and academics is maintained. Acting as a mentor to all the Academy players, I personally oversee the educational, personal and football development and weekly progress reports keep you in the loop too.