KEITH COLLYER – Founder and Chief Coach
When I was very young we moved to Australia. I was bullied for being the only English kid in school. My mother couldn’t stand the heat so we moved back to South London, where I was born and raised.
It was the late 1970’s, in a major recession. Life was tough. My father found part time work and we lived in a guest house for a year until being moved to a large council estate in Brixton. I had to fight for money, if I won I got paid, if I lost I got nothing. I soon became street smart. It was survival!
We moved around a few times and settled in Crawley. I hadn’t been to school since Australia. After a period of homeschooling, I enrolled at Thomas Bennett school. The bullying continued, I stood my ground and eventually they left me alone.
After leaving school I joined the Royal Marine cadets, I was ready to sign up full time but my father, a second world war veteran, asked me not too. Out of respect I followed his wishes.