We are very privileged to have some wonderful people working for Pro Football Training.
All our coaches are available for Private and Group Coaching sessions, please contact us for further information or to book a session.
Our Coaching Team
Tom is a highly regarded member of the coaching team, he has a wealth of knowledge and experience from his playing career and instills believe into all the children he coaches.
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 Trialed 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.
Scott has just joined the PFT Family, having initially been part of our launch video, he has had a wonderful A-League career so far and is very enthusiastic about the development of the game, culture and livelihoods of youngsters.
Clubs Played For: Western Sydney Wanderers, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, AIS
State/County Honours: Australia u20 & Australia u23
Clubs Trialed with: Portsmouth
Coaching Philosophy: Give kids the platform and framework to improve whilst enjoying themselves and playing without fear.
Best Player you have played with: Emile Heskey & Robbie Fowler
Best Player played against: David Villa, Alessandro Del Piero, Oscar, Hulk
Career Highlight: Scoring in the 2015 A-League Grand Final
Best Piece of advice given: Determination separates the dreamers from the doers, it’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the Light.
Advice for young players: Enjoy football, put your phones and iPads away and go out and kick the ball around with your mates, it’s the best time of your life!!
Advice for parents: Let your kids play and don’t put any pressure on them.
Life away from football: Golfing, Reading, Coffee and Studying
Robbie has had an amazing career taking him around South-East Asia, playing for some of the biggest clubs in the region. Robbie mixes his coaching with his role with the PFA and FIFPro representing and assisting professional footballers.
Clubs Played For:
- HNK Hajduk Split (Croatia)
- Sydney Olympic FC (NSL)
- Perth Soccer Club
- QAF FC (Brunei)
- Sabah FA (Malaysia)
- Persita Tangerang (Indonesia)
- Persia Balikpapan (Indonesia)
- Persema Malang (Indonesia)
- Persib Bandung (Indonesia)
- Melville City FC
- Floreat Athena FC
- WA State Team, Under 15’s, 16’s, 23’s and Senior.
- Australian School Boys 1999
- Australia U20
Clubs Trialed with: Empoli (Italy), Toronto FC (MLS)
Coaching Philosophy: To create an environment where players play with without fear, can express themselves and have a great time.
Best Player you have played with: Darijo Srna (Croatia and Shaktar Donekst)
Best Player played against: Park Ji Sung (South Korea and Manchester United)
Career Highlight: Playing in front of 85,000 people in the 2003 Malaysia Cup Final.
Best Piece of advice given: Fail to prepare prepare to fail.
Advice for young players:
- Be humble.
- Stay positive.
- Work hard.
- Never stop learning.
- Listen to your parents.
- Have fun!
Advice for parents: Just let your kids play.
Role with PFA and FIFPRO: Professional Footballers Australia or the PFA – I am currently the Player Development Manager for the Perth Glory Football Club. I am extremely passionate about my role and the 3 areas that we focus on is education, transition and change and the well-being of the players.
FIFPro – I am an advisor to the Chairman and the board of FIFPro Asia. FIFPro is the worldwide representative organisation for all professional footballers; more than 65,000 players in total, male and female. The World Players’ Union currently has 60 national players’ associations as their members.
Life away from football: I am husband and dad of 2 who loves spending time with his family and also friends. I am also currently completing a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Accounting and Indonesia.
Sam is our Goalkeeper coach, he has a wonderful nature with the children and comes up with some very innovative ways of engaging the mind of a young goalkeeper. Sam is currently studying Psychology at UWA.
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.
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.
Devan has participated in PFT Programs since our first year, attending the inaugural PFT Tour scoring in games against Liverpool and Newcastle United. Now coaching he works with our younger programs and Soccer Super Heroes.
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 children Evie and Euan.