Mark Hunter

Head Coach

  • Date Joined: 30th August 2016
I am a well-organised and highly communicative UEFA Licensed football coach who has dedicated my career to facilitating the development of players, coaches and clubs within academy and youth football. Over the course of my career I have been successful in creating and implementing innovative training sessions for squads within the likes of West Ham United’s Academy, Upland Rangers and Bowers & Pitsea, where I continue to focus on improving players’ technical, tactical and physical capabilities. Alongside management and coaching, I have also been involved in the scouting of elite academy players, and the education and support of coaches at all levels of the youth game.

*I am dedicated to providing my players with the most current coaching sessions and appropriate guidance throughout their career by continuing my professional development within the football industry; I have attained my UEFA B Licence and FA Youths Coaches Certificate, and I’m currently undergoing my Youth Modules & Plan to complete my UEFA A License within the near future.

* As a result of my senior positions at Pro-Academy of Football, I have been integral in the development and progression of several elite level youth players, with a number of talented youngsters signing for professional clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United

* I am a hardworking, open and approachable coach who is highly adept at communicating with players and coaches at all levels of the game, I am able to build and maintain an excellent rapport with all my players and I utilise this relationship to ensure they play to their potential each week

*Mark also holds a range of ISSA, ICA and IFA fitness, nutrition/conditioning qualifications which are available upon request and is also First Aid Qualified & CRB Checked.
Mark Hunter


  • LMA: Identifying Potential Talent

    Identifying Potential Talent

  • FA:  Youth Modules 1 - 3

    Youth Modules 1 - 3

  • FA: Futsal Level 1

    Futsal Level 1

  • LMA: Creating a Culture of Excellence

    Creating a Culture of Excellence

  • The Optimal Performance Institute: Associate Degree of Arts in Fitness Training

    The Optimal Performance Institute
    Associate Degree of Arts in Fitness Training

  • : ISSA Specialist In Sports Nutrition

    ISSA Specialist In Sports Nutrition

  • FA: Youth Coaches Award

    Youth Coaches Award

  • : ISSA Specialist In Sports Conditioning

    ISSA Specialist In Sports Conditioning

  • UEFA: B Licence

    B Licence

  • FA: Safeguarding Children

    Safeguarding Children

  • UEFA: A Licence (Ongoing)

    A Licence (Ongoing)

Career History

  • Canvey Island FC

    Canvey Island FC
    Head of Coach Development/U18 Head Coach
    2016 – Present

  • Basildon United FC

    Basildon United FC
    First Team Manager/Assistant Manager
    2013 – 2014

  • Upland Rangers FC

    Upland Rangers FC
    Player & Coach Development Coach
    2011 – Present

  • Bowers & Pitsea FC

    Bowers & Pitsea FC
    Head of Youth/First Team Coach
    2011 – 2016

  • Pro Academy of Football

    Pro Academy of Football
    Director/Technical Head Coach
    2009 – Present

  • West Ham United FC

    West Ham United FC
    Academy/Development Coach
    2009 – 2018

  • Southend United FC

    Southend United FC
    U10 Coach
    2004 – 2005

  • Brazilian Soccer Schools

    Brazilian Soccer Schools
    Head Coach
    2000 – 2004

  • Leyton Orient FC

    Leyton Orient FC
    Advanced Player Coach
    1997 – 2000

Key Achievements

  • Helped develop and enhance the Canvey Island’s youth academy structure and improve the standard of coaching ? ??successfully growing the academy from 10 teams with no girls/ladies’ teams to 42 teams with 4 girls/ladies’ teams
  • Worked with West Ham to set up an academy in Slovakia, and educate their coaches and players, and lay the foundations for a successful academy; took on a similar role within Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania
  • Was asked by multiple Essex clubs to set up their player development structure and to support their coach education
  • Has been successful in setting up numerous girl’s school football teams
  • Successfully coached the first team at Bowers & Pitsea FC on to gain promotion to the Ryman league in the 2015/16 season
  • With limited resources, finished 2nd in the Essex Senior League in their first season before winning it in their second season. After only one season in charge of the youth structure, achieved Standard Charter status.
  • Has made tangible contributions towards the development of numerous players who have all progressed to a higher level
  • With limited resources, Basildon United FC finished in their highest position in 10 years and reached the semi?final of the League Cup
  • After taking charge of 23 competitive games, contributed towards the development of numerous players and helping them on to the next level of the game ? with five players undergoing a trial with Canvey Island FC
  • Helped guide the senior and youth teams at Basildon achieve the FA Chartered Standard, supporting the development and improving upon the standard of coaching and playing within grassroots and junior football
  • Has made significant impact on the development & progression of elite level youth players over the past 4 years, with numerous players signing for pro clubs, including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Colchester United, Southend United & Ipswich

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