Meet the coaches

Here are all our coaches 

By sport and age groups

Meet our team

Nelson Santos

Head coach futsal

 is from Portugal and grew up playing futsal. Having played and been part of fustal in Portugal he brings such knowledge.

Mark Hunter

Head coach football

Mark is an amazing coach with years of professional experience that he brings to the Academy.

Mitchel Welch

Football coach

Mitch is an outstanding coach who is fun and approachable . Technique based coach.

Nelson Santos

Football Coach

Nelson came through the Academy in Lisbon for Benfica, currently still playing futsal for our senior team . Nelson shows an array of skills and talents that the kids are drawn to.

Ricardo Codinha

Football coach

Ricardo is one of our younger coaches, who also plays futsal for our national league men's team.

Paul Rafferty

Football coach

Paul is a vastly experienced coach that always comes with a smile and has a knack of getting the very best from the players.

Luke Wilkes

Football foundation coach

Foundation Southend football coach. Luke is the perfect coach for the younger ages. Great Football knowledge delivered in a fun way.

Lee Roberts

Futsal coach

U16 futsal coach over seeing the youth players transition into men's futsal.
one of the most important jobs at the club.

Mario Codinha


Mario has been in futsal all of his life and has come to England to help share the Sporting culture and sports methods. Head of Futsal

Peter Goodwin


Youth driven and a history in the national leagues and strong roots with youth Academies. Head of Football.

Mario Juka

Futsal coach

Coming from Portugal Mario is more affectionately called Jukka. Futsal coaching experience is amazing.

Lilia Florenzi

Club secretary

Lilia is the club secretary and is at the centre of everything good. Does all the work with the FA and NFS / LNFS Futsal programs.