Coaching and Academy Staff
At Buckswood you will find our Football coaches are led by Daryl Willard a pro licence coach with both Premiership and International experience. Working with Daryl is a team of professional UEFA licenced coaches with specialities that stretch across the game from video analysis, goal keeping to strength and conditioning and our health team support the coaching staff with physiotherapy and general health and fitness.
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 Leagu, Takuki Bunya had a impressive trial at Manchester City (England) and Juan Emiliano spent a week with Malaga FC (Spain), Alonso Alvarez at Deportivo Leagnes (Spain), Nick Abbott signed a 1 year professional contract in Spain.
But it 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 championships 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 to shared focus between football and academics is maintained. Acting as a mentor to all the football academy players, I personally oversee the education , personal and football development and weekly progress report keep you in the loop too