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. 

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. 

Dom Wheway

Dom gained a MSC in Sport Science and Performance Coaching from Solent University. Dom is lead analyst for Oxford City FC and our Velocity players benefit from him recording, analysing and feeding back on their performance. Dom also supports coaching and encourages players to reflect on their analysis to improve their game. 

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 Head Coach for Oxford City FC Women, a keen footballer and is also an outstanding powerlifter, she is often found in the gym when she isn’t coaching football. 

Eddie Odhiambo 

Eddie Odhiambo is Head of Football at Velocity. He has a huge passion in educating and building the future of footballers.

With over 380 professional appearances during his 17-year playing career where he represented clubs including Southampton, Oxford United and Newport County, he is a huge inspiration to the students he mentors. Following retirement, Eddie worked as Head of Year at St Birinus School in Didcot, and was  Oxford United Academy’s Head of Player Care. 

Zac McEachran 

Zac McEachran holds a key role here as a member of our Alternative Provision staff. 

With previous roles surrounding Alternate Provision, as well as being a fan favourite with his midfield position at Oxford City FC, Zac is highly respected by the students. 

Jack Stanley 

Jack brings a background of education and football to our Alternative Provision staffing. Jack has grown up playing football, and brings passion and energy into his coaching practises. 

The students enjoy the dynamic between Jack and fellow coaches, and the fun and fulfilling environment they create.