Meet the Coaches
Adam first became involved in powerchair football when he moved to Kent to become the Powerchair Football Development Officer at Valence School. He led on the creation of Sevenoaks Powerchair Football Club, evolving the Valence School team into a community-based club.
Adam then worked specifically in powerchair football, firstly as a regional development officer with The Wheelchair Football Association (WFA), leading on club and competition development across the south of England. Since 2018, he has worked for The WFA as the national development manager, leading on all areas of development of the powerchair game. He has extensive sport development experience and has also supported the growth of the game in Europe.
Adam is a tutor for the WFA as part of their Coach Education programme and is a qualified referee. He is also an FA qualified coach and has coached at various levels, from grassroots to elite mainstream football. Alongside his club coaching he also coaches within The FA’s Para Talent pathway, developing the next generation of England players.
In 2021 Adam was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honours List, for Services to Disabled and Young People through Sport.
Adam is ably supported in coaching the teams by Ian Hayward.
Ian is a Pathway Leader and PE Teacher at Valence School, leading on sport and PE lessons. He has been a member of staff at Valence School for more than a decade and has extensive disability teaching and coaching experience, as well as being a qualified football and cricket coach. He has coached at Sevenoaks for 8 years and excels in working with new and inexperienced players, introducing them to the skills of the game.
In the summer months, Ian plays cricket for Holcombe & Blue Bell Hill Cricket Club and is skilled with both bat and ball, regularly amongst the leading run scorers and wicket takers across Kent.
(Young Player Coach)
Myles, in addition to playing in the senior squad, also helps coach some of our younger players. Myles has played powerchair football for more than a decade and has previously been part of FA National Talent squads. He has a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development as well as his FA Level 1 qualification. He aims to secure his UEFA C coaching qualification next year and receives support from Adam and Ian to improve his coaching