Our Coaches

Colin Williamson

Colin Williamson is an experienced professional coach from The Netherlands. With his background as a PE teacher, and over 10 years of coaching experience in professional youth football in The Netherlands, Colin is a real asset to the club and has been appointed our Academy Director. He possesses the UEFA A license and has just finished his Academy manager PRO course in Holland.

Tony Harvey

Tony the well-respected doyen of the Christchurch United coaching staff, and our link the great past of this club. A slightly younger Tony was part of the coaching staff back when United won its first two national league titles and three Chatham Cups in the early 1970s and is back at the club after numerous management, coaching, refereeing and administrative roles around Canterbury sport.  This Leicester born man holds an Oceania B-licence and there is not much in football he hasn’t seen or done.

Mat Boon

Mat’s motto, Eat, Sleep, Football, says it all.  The South African born breathes football 24 hours a day and loves sharing that passion with his young charges. He has been coaching for the past eight seasons, initially at Nomads United, but soon joined the Christchurch Football Academy, where he has coached two very successful sides in the Mainland leagues. Mat is current finishing his Oceania B Licence course.

Lew Gordon

Lew is one of the younger coaches on our team, and because of his tender years has a natural affinity with our young talents. In 2017, Lew will be completing his third year of a sports coaching degree at the University of Canterbury to further his coaching qualifications. He is also one of the better goalkeepers in the Mainland Premier League so provides invaluable insights for the club’s goalkeepers and runs regular clinics for budding goalkeeping starts

David Murdoch

Dave is from an athletic and ‘football-mad’ family in Sunderland, northeast England. He started coaching about 10 years ago, after he finished playing and his kids started playing. He is extremely energetic and passionate about, and totally committed to, football coaching and trying to help young players of all abilities reach their full potential and enjoy the game. Dave previously ran a summer football programme for about 250 kids in west Christchurch, and is also a big fan of futsal. He has previously coached Canterbury youth futsal teams (national title winners in 2017) and youth teams at the Craig Foster International Tournament in Australia. Dave has completed the Oceania B-licence course.