Meet The Coaches
The coaching team at Team East Durham is amongst the most highly qualified in the region. The College is honoured to have such an experienced team passing on their wealth of experience to students, local schools and community partners.
Darren Holloway. Head Coach - Football
Darren's ambition is to ensure East Durham College’s Football Performance Centre becomes the biggest and best in the North East. Students can expect the highest level of coaching, discipline and education here at the College. And with our links to regional, national and international organisations our students are provided with a number of progression pathways when they leave East Durham College.
Brian Honour. Football
Not just a legend but a true local hero, Brian was born in Horden and went on to become one of the best and most popular players in Hartlepool United’s history. His whole-hearted displays on the right of midfield and occasional stunning goals made him a real favourite with the fans – voted player of the season three times, including the 1990/91 promotion season. After retiring with over 300 league appearances to his name, he stayed in the game through managing clubs and running his own soccer school – having such an influence on the local community he even has a street in Hartlepool named after him!
Darren Williams. Football
The Boro born defender began his career at York City, but made his name at Sunderland from 96 to 04. He also played for Cardiff City, Hartlepool United and Bradford City. Darren, who now manages Whitby Town, joined the coaching team at the College in 2013 and has made an immediate positive impact.
Craig Gilmour. Head Coach - Rugby Union
Former East Durham College student Craig has come full circle and is back where it all started. Craig himself completed the Rugby scholarship course himself when he left school, playing alongside current England international David Wilson.
After college Craig has gone on to represent his local side Horden RFC, West Hartlepool in the National League and also captained the Durham County side. Craig's coaching background has seen him work for many years coaching at Horden RFC helping them develop players from young ages working with 13 to 19 year olds.
He is now looking forward to working with rugby scholarship students on a day to day basis to help them develop there skills and expertise and take them on to the next level of their rugby development.
David Binns. Head Coach - Boxing
East Durham College certainly has something to be proud of when it comes to finding top class coaching staff. And boxing is no exception. David Binns, Head of Boxing at the College, has proven to be one-in-a-million, with no end to his list of achievements, whether that’s working with complete amateur beginners or right up to professional boxers. David, born and bred in Keighley, West Yorkshire, came to the College in 2002 to head up our well established boxing academy and, through his dedication and considerable effort – working morning, noon and night – the sport of boxing has become a huge part of not only College life but also community life, for people of all ages within the Peterlee and Easington area.
David is not only passing on his knowledge and expertise to student athletes but also works with, as well as assessing, other coaches across the country. David is one of the most highly qualified and respected coaches within the sport. Not only does he head up the academy here at the College, he also has a leading role with the Tyne, Tees & Wear ABA and England ABA squads’ training programmes.
The College and the District of Easington really have become a hotbed for boxing, with a complete grass roots infrastructure and fantastic facilities at the College’s Boxing Gym, and much of this is due to the hard work and coaching skill of one man – David Binns.
Kayleigh Gage. Dance
Kayleigh initially trained at the University of Sunderland and then attended drama school at the London School of Musical Theatre; where she studied under a number of highly regarded directors and choreographers. Kayleigh then worked for a number of years as a professional dancer, singer and actor in theatres, tours, commercials and voiceovers.
Kayleigh now runs her own urban dance school that covers many areas of dance, music and fitness. One of the street dance crews she trains recently qualified for the UDO World Street Dance Championship.
Kayleigh’s vision is that the East Durham College dance academy runs at a professional training standard, providing students with the highest possible levels of knowledge, skills and technique.
We have a wide range of physiotherapeutic equipment including ultrasound, laser and shortwave therapy machines for the treatment of soft tissue injuries and a comprehensive range of rehabilitation equipment. We recognise that success on the pitch, court, stage or in the ring depends upon fit and healthy student athletes and we therefore believe it is vital to provide an on-site physiotherapy service. This on-site service helps ensure injuries are assessed and treated quickly and effectively. This minimises time out and optimises recovery time. As well as rapid treatment of acute injuries we provide students with injury prevention advice and strategies. Injured students also benefit from individually designed rehabilitation programmes, tailored to include appropriate sport specific activities. We also deliver post-operative rehabilitation, where necessary, working closely with surgeons and other physiotherapists.
Estelle Connors. Physiotherapist
Estelle graduated from Nottingham University with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy and then spent the next 11 years working in the NHS gaining extensive experience in the management of soft tissue injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. During this time, Estelle was the senior Physiotherapist in Accident and Emergency at North Durham Hospital and also spent five years working alongside orthopaedic consultants specialising in the assessment and treatment of knee injuries. Estelle has postgraduate qualifications in acupuncture, manipulation and injection therapy. She is also a qualified pilates instructor.