Coaches

2019/20 Season - Meet the Coaches

Leadership

Club Secretary

Louise McGing

AFC Leyton’s Club Secretary is Louise McGing.  Louise has been with AFC Leyton since it’s inception as a parent, as well as our primary sponsor (OMG Media) and became the club Secretary in January 2018.  Louise told us “I’m honoured to be involved with AFC Leyton. I’m incredibly focussed on expanding the club,  strengthening our community relationships and activities within Waltham Forest.  Football should always be a sport where people flourish in a supportive community, that is fair, open and transparent. I am very proud that AFC Leyton is a naturally inclusive and diverse club, and I will be ensuring that this continues and work hard to continue to keep our club a safe and welcoming environment for all.”

Head Coach

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”

Team Coaches

Women's Coach

Maria De Oliveira

Maria De Oliveira joined AFC Leyton in July 2019 and has decades of experience in working with female footballers internationally.  Portuguese born and raised, Maria has coached in clubs such as Clube de Futebol Andorinha de Santo António and Club Sport Marítimo in Funchal, Madeira. She has many accolades under her belt including Coca-Cola Cup winners.   Maria tells us “Although I’m known for being a very disciplined coach, I truly care about all my players as individuals as well as a team. I build strong teams through developing individuals.  I thoroughly enjoy coaching. It is a universal language I can take to any country.  I’m very excited to be a part of AFC Leyton”

Schools, Player Development & Talent Identification Coach

Estelle Handy

Estelle Handy joined AFC Leyton in February 2019.

Estelle has been playing football from the age of 7, has been signed by 3 clubs and has been coaching for 5 years. In that time Estelle has gained her FA qualification in coaching.

She holds a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Sports Science and is Currently at The University of Essex studying Sports Performance and Coaching.

Estelle leads our:
– mid-week Development Training all ages
– Saturday Soccer Development Centre
– Schools Coach and Talent Scout

Schools Development & Talent Identification Coach

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 is the Charlton Women’s U23s Coach.

Fabian Leads on:
– Schools Coach and Talent Scout

U15s Team Coach

David Chapman

David joined AFC Leyton in July 2019.  David has years of experience in working with clubs in both the UK and in Australia.  David tells us “I have experience in coaching football to a variety of age groups for all ages and  abilities, and coaching both boys and girls. A bring a huge amount of enthusiasm and drive to my work, ensuring  constant improvement of both myself and my players.  I’m very much looking forward to starting the 2019/20 season with the U15s girls AFC Leyton.”

U14s Team Coach

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.”

U13s Team Coach

Mohammed Chowdhury

Mo joined AFC leyton in May, and is our U13s Coach for the 2019/20 Season.  Mo comes to us with a wealth of experience in grassroots football from Watford Ladies double the double last season (18/19) and various other local clubs. When not on the pitch, Mo is also an expert in managing clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry.

Mo tells us “I have the desire to learn, experience more and increase my knowledge of the beautiful game from the other side of the pitch. Being a people person, I enjoy working with and developing players as well as engaging with parents.”

U12s Team Coach

Harry Cuthbert

Harry joined AFC Leyton in August 2019.  Harry brings wealth of experience to AFC Leyton as an ex footballer playing for Colchester and Southend United, and also a fully qualified FA Level 2 coach with UEFA B licence in progress.  Harry tells us “I want my footballers to play football in a safe, comfortable environment which will allow them to express themselves playing with freedom, confidence and creativity. I am extremely proud and excited to join AFC Leyton and I hope my passion and enthusiasm really shows off! #LeytonPlayStrong #ChangeTheGame”

U11s Wyverns Team Coach

Harry Cuthbert

Harry joined AFC Leyton in August 2019.  Harry brings wealth of experience to AFC Leyton as an ex footballer playing for Colchester and Southend United, and also a fully qualified FA Level 2 coach with UEFA B licence in progress.  Harry tells us “I want my footballers to play football in a safe, comfortable environment which will allow them to express themselves playing with freedom, confidence and creativity. I am extremely proud and excited to join AFC Leyton and I hope my passion and enthusiasm really shows off! #LeytonPlayStrong #ChangeTheGame”

U11s Dragons Team Coach

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.”

U11s Griffins Team Coach

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U10s Griffins Team Coach

Tosin Adeneye

Tosin Adeneye joined AFC Leyton in July 2019.  Tosin has many years experience coaching in the UK and in the USA for children aged 7 to 13.  Tosin tells us “I have been involved with sport both as a player and a coach. I bring not only experience but, my enthusiasm, structure and creativity in my coaching sessions. My aim is to engage with people whatever their age, ability and ensure they have fun.”

U9s Team Coach

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Link Coach

Mick Archer

Mick joined AFC Leyton in July 2019, after his daughter joined the club.  Mick works with AFC Leyton as coaching cover for illness and annual leave.