Coaches

2018/2019 Season - Meet the Coaches

Head Coach

Tom Cruse

Tom Cruse

AFC Leyton’s Head Coach is Tom Cruse.  Tom has been with AFC Leyton since its inception in 2015 and has helped to steer the club into the wider reaching community project that it is today.  On AFC Leyton, Tom told us “The talent of girls is ever increasing and the successes we have shared at AFC Leyton have been down to dedication, perseverance and quality of the girls that I am fortunate enough to have at my disposal. I’m delighted to welcome our new coaches to the AFC Leyton family and together I am confident that there will be many more successes along the way”

Player Development Coach

Estelle Handy

Estelle Handy

Estelle Handy is the latest Football Coach to join AFC Leyton.   Estelle has been playing football from the age of 7 and has been signed by three clubs. Estelle started coaching very early.  At secondary school she managed the year 7 & 9 Girls football teams, holds a BTEC Level 3 in Sports Science and is currently at the university of Essex studying Sports Performance and Coaching.  Estelle leads our midweek development training and Leyton Active Seniors sessions.

Player Development

Shelby Welch

Shelby Welch

Leyton Orient Women’s player, Shelby Welch is an FA qualified coach that joined us in September 2018.  Shelby first started coaching with the Leyton Orient Trust in 2017,  after completing her masters in Finance.  Shelby told us “I love being able to coach where I play. It’s important to me to help draw interest to the sport, especially since I’ve come from the US and I understand how big women’s football can be as long as we have the right people around us to help push it forward.”  Shelby coaches our Saturday Wildcats session, Leyton Active and Leyton Ladies.  

U15s Team Coach

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Please apply to join as a player or as a coach via the “How to Join Leyton” page

U14s Team Coach

Fabian Jones

Fabian Jones

Fabian joined AFC Leyton in February 2019 and holds a UEFA B qualification.  Fabian has a long history of coaching in female football including Head Coach at St Marys University Girls and University Arts London.  He also worked as an RTC player scout for both male and female footballers. Fabian was also a development coach at Leyton Orient Women’s development team, and during his time there they only drew one game to the eventual winners and won every game.  We are delighted to have him onboard.

U13s Team Coach

Jake Cuthbert

Jake Cuthbert

Jake has been with AFC Leyton since January 2019.

“I have a favourite quote which goes like this: ‘It is better to fail aiming high than it is to succeed aiming low’.  This quote symbolises to me that in order to constantly learn and develop you need to set yourself high standards and have the correct mindset in order to achieve your goals. Alongside setting high standards you will need to show a desire to learn and improve. This comes through confidence, which is something I aim to improve with every player I coach. Confidence thrives in an environment where players are able to play with creativity and without fear. This is what I bring to AFC Leyton.”

U12s Team Coach

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Please apply to join as a player or as a coach via the “How to Join Leyton” page

U11s Team Coach

Rob D'Silva

Rob D'Silva

Rob has been with AFC Leyton since September 2018.

U10s (Red) Team Coach

Nyla Henry

Nyla Henry

Nyla is a former Crystal Palace Ladies Centre Midfield player that is currently at university studying Accounting and Finance.  She joined AFC Leyton’s coaching team in August 2018 and has been hands on with the u10s and 11s teams squad training.  Nyla told us “When it comes to female teams, being a coach at AFC Leyton allows me to further my experience and try to encourage and motivate young female players into progressing and remaining within the football industry – as many fall off. From the first day i joined the staffing team at AFC Leyton i could see the main focus was to assist the development of women’s football which is why I really enjoy being here” .   Nyla is also involved in Leyton Active Junior player development

U10s (Gold) Team Coach

Reece Tailor

Reece Tailor

Reece is an FA Qualified Football and Goal Keeper Coach.  Reece also runs our Wednesday Wildcats sessions which is a foundation class for girls aged between 5 and 11 years.  “I have been coaching for many years now and I have a real passion for football.   I believe football brings people together no matter where you come from or who you are. The most important part of football is doing it with a smile. That’s why I coach to see the enjoyment on my players faces.”

U9s Team Coach

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Please apply to join as a player or as a coach via the “How to Join Leyton” page