Will De Silva

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  • Date Joined: 3rd September 2017
A diversely skilled and highly motivated professional with extensive experience coaching elite youth players within various high-performance environments in the UK and USA, most notably making a tangible impact on the coaching, performance and development of players within Bournemouth and Arsenal’s academy and development centres, respectively

Combining a postgraduate diploma in Sports Coaching with industry-related qualifications and experience, has built forward-thinking teams committed to success and with the proven capacity to transition seamlessly to the next age group

A personable, reliable and results-driven individual who acts as a key point of leadership and transparent communication, providing positive and effective influence and decision-making to optimise daily coaching and backroom operations
Will De Silva

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • FA: Futsal Level 2

    FA
    Futsal Level 2
    2016

  • UEFA: A Licence Prep Course

    UEFA
    A Licence Prep Course
    2016

  • FA: Futsal Level 2

    FA
    Futsal Level 2
    2016

  • UEFA: A Licence Prep Course

    UEFA
    A Licence Prep Course
    2016

  • FA: Mentoring Adults Course

    FA
    Mentoring Adults Course
    2015

  • FA: Coaching Futsal: A Beginners Guide

    FA
    Coaching Futsal: A Beginners Guide
    2015

  • FA: Mentoring Adults Course

    FA
    Mentoring Adults Course
    2015

  • FA: FA Youth Module 1 & 2

    FA
    FA Youth Module 1 & 2
    2014

  • UEFA: B Licence

    UEFA
    B Licence
    2013

  • University Of Gloucestershire: PGDip Sports Coaching

    University Of Gloucestershire
    PGDip Sports Coaching
    2012

  • FA: Coaching Futsal: A Beginners Guide

    FA
    Coaching Futsal: A Beginners Guide
    2012

  • FA: Youth Module 2: Developing the Practice

    FA
    Youth Module 2: Developing the Practice
    2012

  • UEFA: B Licence

    UEFA
    B Licence
    2012

  • FA: Youth Module 1: Developing the Environment

    FA
    Youth Module 1: Developing the Environment
    2011

  • University Of Gloucestershire: BSc (Hons) Sports Education

    University Of Gloucestershire
    BSc (Hons) Sports Education
    2010

  • FA: Level 2 Coaching Certificate

    FA
    Level 2 Coaching Certificate
    2008

  • FA: Level 1 Coaching Certificate

    FA
    Level 1 Coaching Certificate
    2007

Career History

  • AFC Bournemouth

    AFC Bournemouth
    Academy Head Coach
    2014 – Present

  • UK Elite

    UK Elite
    Head Coach
    2011 – Present

  • Dorset FA

    Dorset FA
    U11 Head Coach
    2013 – 2015

  • Arsenal Soccer Schools

    Arsenal Soccer Schools
    Dorset Coordinator
    2013 – 2014

  • Bournemouth Collegiate School

    Bournemouth Collegiate School
    Football Academy Head Coach
    2013 – 2014

  • Arsenal FC

    Arsenal FC
    U10 & U11 Head Coach (Development Centre)
    2013 – 2014

  • AFC Bournemouth

    AFC Bournemouth
    U12 Assistant Academy Coach (Internship)
    2013 – 2014

  • AFC Bournemouth

    AFC Bournemouth
    U10s Head Coach (Development Centres)
    2012 – 2014

  • Cheltenham Town FC

    Cheltenham Town FC
    U16 Coach (Internship)
    2011 – 2012

  • University of Gloucestershire

    University of Gloucestershire
    Universal Sport- Sports Activator
    2011 – 2012

Key Achievements

  • From the U7 team, the entire team of nine players progressed up to the U8 age group and again up to the U9 age group at AFC Bournemouth
  • The AFC Bournemouth U9 squad achieved notable success playing against category one academy teams such as West Ham, Spurs and Arsenal
  • From the U11 team of fifteen players, thirteen of those progressed up to the U12 age group level at AFC Bournemouth
  • In the second season at the development centre at Arsenal FC, the U11 squad finished second in the Junior Premier League
  • Five players now from Arsenal FC have school football scholarships at a private school, and two have signed with professional academies
  • Successful in growing the Arsenal FC development centre by 60% which was achieved by getting more involved in local schools
  • Selected to work with an ex-Olympic soccer player in his academy at UK Elite to lead best practice sessions with his players.

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