Hervin, Jazz

Jazz Hervin, a central defensive midfielder who graduated from the Exeter City Centre of Excellence in 2011, at 15, and scored on her debut for the Ladies first team. She has played for a number of teams since then, inlcuding Stoke Gabriel where she won the South West Women's Football League in 2012. The former Torquay United, Newquay and Burton Albion player, first started playing football when she was six-years- old and joined her first club, Newton Abbot 66 two years later.

Jazz takes a keen interest in football coaching and took a break from playing to focus on that before returning to Exeter City Ladies team in 2016. Jazz says she has learned a lot from the likes of fellow coaches Louis Lancaster, Emma Hayes, Mark Sampson and Nick Cushing and hopes to combine her knowledge as a coach, to help her become the best player that she can be with the aim of playing at the highest possible level. She describes herself as a vocal player with a good footballing brain who likes to play the ball forwards and create opportunities for her teammates.



Jazz joined Exeter in 2016, appearing 8 times for the first team, the following season, 2017/18 she made 22 apperances and scored once. In 2018/19, Jazz played a further 21 games scoring once for the first team, before leaving the end of the season. 


In 2017, Jazz was interviwed by the Female Coaching Network 

"Jazz Hervin is a passionate young football coach from the South West of England and has been with the FCN since day one…in fact, she was our first ever interview back in July 2014!

Having been one of the first female coaches ever to coach a men’s semi professional team in the UK, she went on to be head coach for a WSL Developmental Team, worked with the Canadian Men’s Team at the?Cerebral Palsy World Cup and even spent 6 months in China working with the next generation of young players.

We thought it was about time to catch up with Jazz and find out what she is up to, how her coaching has developed and who she thinks will win the UEFA Women’s European Championships 2017!

We first interviewed you way back in 2014 when you had just started coaching a men’s semi pro team…what have you been up to since then?

Since then, I have been experiencing a lot of different environments in the game. I went and worked at Yeovil Town Ladies for a year as Manager of their Development Team in the WSL Development League. I worked in China for 6 and a half months within a variety of different schools, for a business that was building itself from scratch.

I’ve also been at the Cerebral Palsy World Cup for 3 weeks in 2015, where I was the Team Liaison Officer for Canada Men’s Senior Team. Fortunately we struck up some very good relationships early on and I was welcomed into the team, at pitch side, analysis meetings, and training sessions, where this saw me actively involved in delivering to players also. A fantastic experience on a international scale.

Now I am back in England coaching in secondary schools for boys and girls, coaching the U14 girls at Exeter City?s Development Centre and have gone back to playing the beautiful game for Exeter City Ladies First Team"

The remainder of the article can be seen here

She has also been involved with Torquay Ladies FC.

Jazz signed for Saltash in June 2020.


Jazz Hervin

Team

Season

Appearances

Goals

 

 

 

 

 

2011/12

 

 

 

2012/13

 

 

Torquay United

2013/14

17

0

Alphington

2014/15

7

1

Yeovil Town

2015/16

 

 

Exeter City

2016/17

8

0

Exeter City

2017/18

22

1

Exeter City

2018/19

21

1

Torquay United

2019/20

11

0

Saltash

2020/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

In February 2021, Jazz was interviewed for the club website, by David Gribble  in a series of articles about Women's Football at Exeter. The title was:-

Grecian Heroes: Jazz Hervin

A look at the career of one of Exeter City Women's heroes.

Jazz Hervin is most synonymous with Exeter City Women’s Team supporters for her role in the Grecian’s 2018/2019 Title Winning Season, a year in which Jazz held the most appearances for the team as they dominated the League Campaign.

However, Jazz’ relationship with Exeter City dates to when she was twelve years old, and her relationship with football has seen her travel the world and accomplish a highly impressive coaching CV.

“I started playing local football for a boys’ team and a girls’ team, as well as for my school. Exeter City Centre of Excellence were holding trials and I decided to go.” Jazz would be successful in her trial and graduated to the First Team Squad at the age of sixteen, making her debut a year earlier at only 15 years old. “Naturally, as a young player, I didn’t get too many minutes, but I learned so much about high standards and being tough from the experienced players that were around me.”

Jazz would step away from playing for Exeter City at the age of seventeen, in an effort to gain more playing experience, but also to begin the start of a journey that would lead to some rather unusual roles. An opportunity would soon present itself at Yeovil where Jazz would mange the Club’s Development side. “We had a very talented team which saw around eight players make their first team debuts, some of which became regular starters and three receiving England Call Ups within our squad.” Alongside her work with the Development Team, Jazz was also able to involve herself around the First Team, Yeovil consistently being the flag bearer for Women’s Football this far south with a highly successful approach. “It was exciting to be on the training pitch with Welsh and English internationals as they prepared for their next game. Management is definitely something I will look to be involved with again – most likely when I stop playing football myself.”

Jazz’ international connections would begin in 2015, as she was appointed Team Liaison Officer for Canada at the Cerebral Palsy World Cup. “The position was advertised through the FA. I met with the Canadian Squad and once they knew of my coaching background, and to the level I had coached, they asked me if I would be happy support in training preparations and be pitch side through the tournament. It was an amazing out of the blue experience and I loved every second, I am very grateful, they are truly such a fantastic group of professionals and people.” Canada would miss out on Qualification for the latter stages, despite an opening game victory over Northern Ireland. They would go out on a high though, winning their two final positioning games against Venezuela and Portugal to complete a successful tournament.

Those international connections would expand with a period in China, offering some valuable and unusual experience. Jazz explains. “I was working with Talent ID within Professional Football. Working with such high-profile businessmen and women in China was a great eye opener in learning about their business culture.”

Jazz returned to Exeter City in 2016 with perfect timing, an exceptionally talented squad was being assembled that would ultimately result in a return to National League Football in 2019. “Being part of that squad was brilliant. I have so many amazing memories and I learned a lot being one of the more senior players. I would like to think I helped a lot of the younger players coming in. We were a very close squad and pushed each other to the highest standards and I absolutely loved that.” In Jazz’ two full seasons as a key member of the City side, they would lose only 7 of their 42 League matches, taking the title in 2019.

After making over fifty appearances in the Grecian’s successful two-year period, including an appearance playing at SJP in a Devon County Cup tie played in front of over 600 spectators, Jazz is now settled at Saltash. “It has been a great move. I am really enjoying my football, despite it being a stop start season for us all with COVID. I have been impressed with the club and how they have been supporting their new Women’s team. We are sitting nicely at the top of the league and I am happy to be getting assists and goals on the board.”

Having worked for the FA for fours years, managed at Yeovil, managed in the men’s game with Stoke Gabriel, travelled abroad, coached Girl’s Development football at Exeter City and completed her UEFA B Licence, it is fair to assume that Jazz is someone who enjoys a challenge. So, for someone who thrives to be their best, what next? “I love a challenge when the time is right and at the moment I am finding challenges within what I am involved with. Returning to Exeter City in a coaching capacity with the Women’s Team is something I will never say never to, who knows what the future holds?”

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