Tom has been with the Academy in a number of capacities for 17 years. He was signed as a Pre-Academy Under 8 player and progressed all the way through the system to be offered a scholarship at the age of 15. One year into his 2 year scholarship Tom was offered an early professional contract and was a professional with the club for 3 and a half years. During this time the club gained promotion from League 2 to League 1 via a play off final at Wembley against Shrewsbury Town. Tom made his first team professional debut aged 18 against Rushden & Diamonds in the FA Cup 2nd Round.
Tom holds the UEFA A Licence and FA Youth Award. He is currently the Lead Youth Development Phase Coach looking after the coaching programme, staff and players for the Under 13’s through to the Under 16’s. He is also the Lead U16 Coach where he uses his experience and knowledge to help them towards earning a scholarship.
Paul has been with us since 2010 having coached age groups across the academy and also previously held the Lead Foundation Phase Coach role. He has been a Coach Education Tutor with the English FA since 2013 and has also previously held a position as an FA Coach Mentor. Paul holds the UEFA A Licence, the FA Youth Award and is currently completing the final year of a BSc (Hons) in Sports, Fitness and Coaching. Paul began his coaching career whilst in the British Army where he completed a full 24 year career promoting through all ranks as a soldier and being awarded an operational commendation for distinguished service.
Marco has been a part of Bristol Rovers F.C as the Development Centre manager and BTEC Lecturer for the past two years. He holds a BSc honors in Sports Science and Management from the prestigious Loughborough University where he has also had 4 successful years as a coach in the mens and women programme. During this time he also coached the men’s and women’s GB University teams at the Home Nations tournament. He is an FA UEFA B Licence coach and is currently finishing his FA Youth Award. Previous to Bristol Rovers Marco was the Director of Development for a private football club in Arizona, with the duties of running the entire programme from under 8 to 18s.