Tutors & Coaches

Justin Merritt

Justin is a director at Velocity Football and oversees every aspect of the programme’s work to provide young people with a platform to aspire towards a career in sport.

He is a qualified UEFA A Licence Coach, a chartered physiotherapist, and sports scientist. Additionally, Justin is managing director of Velocity partner Ignite Sport UK and sporting director at Oxford City FC. 

Ross Jenkins

Ross Jenkins joined the Velocity Football coaching team in Spring 2021 to strengthen the programme’s partnership with Oxford City and links to the first-team. 

Ross made more than 80 appearances for Championship club Watford before injury forced him to retire from playing professionally. He is now a head coach at Oxford City in addition to his role at Velocity Football. 

Hannah Bladen

Hannah is the general manager at Velocity Football and has more than 25 years of experience working in the sport sector. Hannah has a degree in sports science from De Montfort University in Leicester.

Sport is at the heart of Hannah’s life. She has numerous national governing body qualifications and has completed the London Marathon three times. 

Josh Ashby

Josh joined the Velocity Football team as part of his work with our partners Ignite Sport UK and Oxford City FC – where he holds a key role in the heart of the first-team’s midfield.

Born in Oxford, Josh is a well-respected member of Velocity Football’s coaching staff. He works closely with our students and uses his experience to develop their on-field skills and understanding of the game.

Jordan Piper

Jordan joined Velocity Football after graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a First Class Honours degree in Sport Coaching and Physical Education. 

Qualified in Sport and Exercise Science too, Jordan joined Velocity to work with ambitious young people in Oxfordshire who want to pursue a career in the sport and leisure industry. 

Matt Giles

Matt is the lead tutor for Velocity Football’s male programmes in partnership with Virtual Learning UK. Matt has a degree in sport, coaching, and PE from Oxford Brookes University, a UEFA B Licence, and a Level Three certificate in personal training.

He joined Velocity Football because he believes students benefit from the outstanding facilities available to students. 

Dominic Newton

Oxford-born Dominic is a performance analyst for Velocity Football and Oxford City FC.

Dominic graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in sport and exercise science and uses his extensive knowledge of the performance sector to develop students’ technical and physical abilities using the very latest technology. 

Lauren Haynes

Lauren is the head coach of the female programmes. Lauren is an FA Level 2 certificate coach. She is also Girls Academy Manager at Oxford United and has extensive experience in youth development pathways and developing coaches.  

Lauren is the captain at Oxford United and has previously played for Arsenal, Bristol Academy and Aston Villa in her football career.

Aliyah Anthony

Oxford-raised Aliyah joined Velocity Football in the summer of 2020 after graduating from Middlesex University where she spent four years gaining valuable coaching and
personal training experience with Watford FC.

Aliyah is a keen footballer and is also an outstanding powerlifter, she is often found in the gym when she isn’t coaching our post-GCSE students. 

Andy Francis

Andy is a member of our sport coaching team. He has more than 10 years’ experience playing football as a goalkeeper. Andy specialises as a goalkeeping coach and works daily with our group of student goalkeepers on improving their agility, sprint speeds, and knowledge of the game.

Andy is a qualified coach and also works for Velocity Football partners Ignite Sport UK. 

Emily Partridge

Emily is Velocity Football’s education administrator after graduating from university with a degree in sport and exercise science. She is also a qualified personal trainer and delivers strength and conditioning sessions to students.

A keen rugby player, Emily joined Velocity Football because of the strong education pathway it provides for students of all abilities. 

Dean Tetley

Dean is Velocity Football and Oxford City FC’s strength and conditioning coach.

He has an extensive background working in professional sport having previously held roles at Southampton and Crystal Palace football clubs. He is also studying a PhD in sports science at Oxford Brookes University. 

Jack Tutton

Born and raised in Oxford, Jack can relate fondly to the Velocity Football programme as he himself graduated Oxford City’s full-time education programme before it was revamped in summer 2020. 

After completing an apprenticeship with Ignite Sport UK, Jack now teaches the next generation and plays for Thame United.