We are very privileged to have some wonderful young people working for Pro Football Training.
All our coaches are available for Private One-to-One and Group Coaching sessions, please contact us for further information or to book a session.
Our Coaching Team
Reece joined PFT in 2011 and has played a major part in our successful growth. His nature and attitude towards learning and continual improvement are vital components in youth development. Reece recently returned from a successful stint in Victoria with Oakleigh Cannons and currently plays for Sorrento Soccer Club in the WA NPL.
Clubs Played For: Perth SC, Sorrento FC, NTC, Perth Glory, Rovigo Calcio (Italy), Oakleigh Cannons (Melbourne),
State/County Honours: WA state team 13s,14s,15s, Australian U20 squads
Clubs Trialed with: Everton FC, Middlesborough , Sunderland
Coaching Philosophy: Allowing children to play with freedom within a positive environment, taking away all fears and pressures.
Best Player you have played with: Robbie Fowler
Best Player played against: Jack Rodwell
Career Highlight: Call up for U20 Australian team to play against Argentina. Sitting on the bench for Perth Glory against Celtic at NIB Stadium.
Best Piece of advice given: Never give up.
Advice for young players: The only person who is going to hold you back from achieving your dreams…. is yourself!
Advice for parents: Don’t live your dreams through your child. Sit back and enjoy watching your children play.
Life away from football: Family, Friends, Studying
Dean’s constant encouragement with the players is excellent and he is a very well respected member of the team. Dean currently plays for Floreat Athena Soccer Club in the WA NPL.
Clubs Played For: Perth SC, Stirling Lions, Perth Glory, Sham Shui Po (Hong Kong)
State/County Honours: W.A. State Team 2008
Clubs Trialed with: Fk Smederevo (Serbia), Brisbane Roar
Coaching Philosophy: Focusing on all the aspects of football – Technical, Tactical, Mental, Emotional, Physical and Lifestyle.As a child, practice is the key to improvement! Having 1000+ purposeful touches of the football a day will help you to progress and improve.
Best Player you have played with: Andy Todd (Former PFT Coach, Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, Middlesborough and Perth Glory)
Best Player played against: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Career Highlight: Playing in a pre season tournament against Chelsea, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers in front of 45 000 people in Hong Kong.
Best Piece of advice given: With anything in life, if things are going well you think you no longer need to maintain them, but sometimes people forget how they arrived at that positive place and what keeps you there.
Advice for young players: Enjoy every minute of training, listen to the coaches and practice as much as possible. Every minute spent with the ball will benefit you. Most importantly play with a smile on your face and work hard to be the best that you can be.
Advice for parents: Support your child and always provide positive feedback instead of looking for negatives. Football is about having fun, meeting new friends and for the child to improve and ultimately to create a happy lifestyle. Children always looks up to there Mum and Dad so never stress them out about training, always provide a positive environment.
Life away from football: Catching up with friends in my spare time, playing golf and relaxing by the beach
Josh is the youngest member of our coaching staff. His enthusiasm is infectious and the children love his level of engagment and fun throughout the sessions. Currently Josh plays with Sorrento Soccer Club after starring with Perth Glory in the 2013/14 Youth League and in the WA NPL.
Clubs Played For: ECU Joondalup, Perth Glory, Dalkieth Thistle FC, Mussellburgh Windsor, Celtic Football Club, Hibernian FC, Wanneroo SC, NTC
State/County Honours: Represented WA u14s, Represented WA in 95 born Tournament at the AIS challenge, then twice more at AIS Institute Challenge own age
International Honours: I recently attended the Australian U20 World Cup Camp in Canberra
Clubs Trialed with: Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Rangers
Coaching Philosophy: Always leave the session/game knowing you have been the best you can be.
Best Player you have played with: Daniel De Silva
Best Player played against: Daniel De Silva
Career Highlight: Playing against Barcelona u17s in Korea where I played my best game of tournament. Training with Arsenal in such a wonderful venue and making the All-Star team at the AIS institute challenge.
Best Piece of advice given: Not to worry about outcomes, keep focusing on the process.
Advice for young players: Keep loving the game, play with freedom and you will find you will play your best football when doing so
Advice for parents: Let your kids play, be constructive not negative.
Life away from football: If I’m not playing football im doing extra to try stay and step ahead by training and studying the game. I have recently left school and love coaching at Pro Football Training and MLFC.
Clubs Played For: UWA Nedlands, Subiaco FC, Floreat Athena, Fulham FC
State/County Honours: WA u14s, WA Futsal Team u13s, 15s & 16s.
Coaching Philosophy: Creating a positive and friendly environment that encourages children to learn and develop on and off the football pitch.
Best Player you have played with: Jordan Lyden (former MLFC, PFT and now Aston Villa)
Best Player played against: Mitchell Oxborrow. Although I’ve never been one to really focus on who I’m playing, I just try and stop them from scoring!
Career Highlight: Probably not the most prestigious, but saving a penalty on my State league debut at 17 with my family in the crowd is a moment that makes me proud.
Best Piece of advice given: Take risks, make mistakes, and have no regrets on the football pitch
Advice for young players: Football at times can be stressful, but it shouldn’t be. Look after yourself, your family, and just enjoy the beautiful game. Do this and the rest will follow.
Advice for parents: Encourage and allow your children to play. Promote football to be about fun, making friends and being healthy; not about scores or winning games.
Life away from football: I’m currently studying Psychology at University, and try to find ways to incorporate some of the things I learn into my coaching. I also love spending time with my family and friends.
Clubs Played For: Liverpool FC, Stoke City FC, Bristol City FC, Melbourne City FC & Perth Glory FC.
International Honours: Represented Australia U17’s at the World Cup in Mexico, as well as Australia’s U20’s in the World Cup Qualifiers.
Clubs Trialled with: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Blackburn Rovers FC.
Coaching Philosophy: To create a positive environment where players can enjoy themselves and improve at the same time.
Best Player you have played with: Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling.
Best Player played against: Paul Pogba.
Career Highlight: Playing in the U19 Champions League for Liverpool, representing Australia in the U17 World Cup and playing in front of 60,000 in a tournament final against Borussia Monchengladbach for Liverpool’s U18’s (we got battered 3-0).
Best Piece of advice given: It’s hard to beat a person that never gives up.
Advice for young players: Enjoy every moment you have a ball at your feet, try new tricks and be creative. There is no secret to becoming better at football, only practice!
Advice for parents: Help contribute to your children’s enjoyment of football with encouraging words and positive feedback. Children love playing football, but they also love positive reinforcement from their parents!
Life away from football: Whilst still pursuing a football career, I’ve taken up online University, studying Business and Finance. It’s also great to be back in Perth with all the mates I grew up with.
Hayden originally joined the PFT Team in 2010 before leaving Perth to persue his football career, he has returned in 2016 and it is great to welcome him back. Hayden currently players with Bayswater City FC in the WANPL.
Clubs Played For: Adelaide City, Stoke City (UK) Niki Volos (Greece) Perth Glory, Bentleigh Greens, Oakleigh Cannons, Stirling Lions and Bayswater City
State/County Honours: Represented South Australia up to U/16’s
Coaching Philosophy: Always play without fear and with a smile on your face. Try to play in all situations without pressure and focus on improving the players rather than getting results.
Best Player you have played with: Patrick Berger
Best player played against: Danny Drinkwater
Career Highlight: Being offered an apprenticeship at Stoke City.
Best piece of advice given: Dream, believe, achieve. There are no limits to what you can achieve with the right attitude and commitment.
Advice for young players: Attitude is everything. Be positive on and off the field, always play with a smile and respect your team mates, coaches and parents.
Advice for parents: Don’t put pressure on your children, let them play for the right reasons and always do your best to support them achieving their dreams.
Life Away from football: Don’t believe there is a life away from football. When I’m not playing football I’m working as an insurance broker.
Anth had a very successful playing career in England playing in the English Premier League with Middlesborough and Wolves. He brings this experience plus his great imagination and creativity to PFT Sessions.
Clubs Played For: Middlesbrough, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stirling Albion, Brandon United (England) Swan United, Bayswater City (Australia)
State/County Honours: Durham County Boys (England)
International Honours (if applicable): England Under 16’s Representative
Clubs Trialed with: Wolverhampton Wanderers (luckily I had a blinder in a reserve game!) but trials make me cringe!
Coaching Philosophy (in brief): To let players play. Whether you are 5 or 55 we all just want to play the game in its purest form
Best Player you have played with: Paul Gascoigne ( He was my hero growing up)
Best Player played against: Paul Scholes (in all fairness I just watched as he danced around me!)
Career Highlight: Playing for England at schoolboy level makes me proud, however this might sound strange, but playing for Brandon United in the Northern Premier League in England is still one of my highlights. Mainly because we just had a great philosophy of playing good football and we just had a lot of fun!
Best Piece of advice given: Don’t worry about mistakes – Nobody has invented the time machine yet so there is nothing you can do about it. Only to go and try again to improve.
Advice for young players: Just have fun, love the game and listen.
Advice for parents: Sit back, relax and enjoy! As parents will know, you’ll never get told anywhere near enough how much you are appreciated but trust me all of the driving to training and games, and financial support doesn’t go unnoticed! You are critical to their development just by being available so you might as well just enjoy the game.
Life away from football: Unlike Mark and Baz I have a ‘real’ working for Rio Tinto in the mining industry which takes up a lot of time. I tend to spend all my spare time with my wife Alana and our little girl Evie.
Aleks is our Goalkeeper Coach and brings his experience and personality to every session. Aleks currently plays for Stirling Lions in the WA NPL.
Clubs Played For: Sorrento, Stirling Lions, Perth Glory, Newcastle Jets, FK Pobeda, Solo FC (Indonesia) & Persija Jakarta (Indonesia)
State/County Honours: WA state team U/14’s,15’s &16’s
International Honours: Australian U/17’s & 20’s and Macedonia 21’s and Senior call up to train/
Clubs Trialed with: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Schalke 04
Coaching Philosophy: Football to be played in a fun, positive, friendly and professional environment where players can develop to their full capacity under no pressure.
Best Player you have played with: Robbie Fowler
Best Player played against: Giovanni Dos Santos and Nuri Sahin
Career Highlight: Representing Australia at the U/17 youth World Cup in Peru
Best Piece of advice given: Never be afraid to make a mistake
Advice for young players: First of all enjoy and love what you do, then you can only get better at it
Advice for parents: Encourage your children to love the game and then you will see a vast improvement in their development
Life away from football: Life is Football