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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 – Coach Magro

Juan Carlos Magro Oliva ‘Coach Magro’ – UEFA ‘Pro’ License


With years of experience at some of Europe’s top clubs and further afield in China, India and the Caribbean, coach Magro has developed a methodology that suits all style of play and is ideally suited not only to meet the coaching needs of the international student, but also the social issues that can be experienced by players from all over the world when English is not their first language.


Coach Magro has coached all over the world, both players and coaches and his methodologies have been published in Spain’s leading football publication ABFUTBOL.

• Pro licence coach since 2007
• Began career at Valencia CF
• Technical Director of Valencia CF Academy in Bermuda
• Director of International coaches for Valencia CF
• Mumbai Warriors Soccer Club
• U14 and U19 coach, Technical Skills Performance Trainer, Leiknir Reyjavik
• Coordinator and Coaching Methodology Instructor, Real Madrid CF Academy coach, China, Buckswood UK


Coach Magro says “My motivational skills see me put passion into everything I do, especially in teamwork which I 100% believe is essential to achieve each player’s objectives. My coaching technique draws upon my many years’ experience of players from all over the world, adapting quickly to coach in a way that brings out the best in every player. My philosophy is ‘before you teach… try to know further about the person, as a human being…’ After we grasp the individual, coaching the player is going to be easier. This understanding of the individual is the key to achieving a personal improvement, individually and as a team.”



Which other academy offers:
UEFA Pro licenced coaching.
Football Analysis
Physio—Mike Sutton
Visits from Tony Adams and Kanu
Regular visits from Premiership scouts
Global links
Annual European tours
European tournaments in Barcelona and Rome
English  ESFA cup  tournaments
County and regional competitions


Latest professional trials and placements
Malachi- SIGNED!!

Crystal Palace U 11

Won Gil Son- National U 18

Kane- National U17

U17 Trialed

Reading FC

AFC Wimbledon

Bournemouth FC

Anton- U17 trialled
Cheltenham Town FC
Michael- U14 training
at West Ham UTD
Terem- U18 trialled
AFC Wimbledon
Aaron- National U20
U18 Trialed Port Vale 1st Team
Bobby- U13 Trialling

Reading FC

George- Trialled
Eastern Europe top league club
Albert- Trialled
Eastern Europe top league club
JJ- Sussex County Captain U12