Our Team

PREMIER SKILLS employs a number of coaches worldwide. Coaches are hand picked to ensure the quality of our courses is maintained. 

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John Cartwright
Co-founder of Premier Skills, John has over 40 years experience at the top of the game as both a player and a coach. He played for both West Ham and Crystal Palace. John has been Technical Director for the English Professional Footballers Association and Academy Coach at Crystal Palace where he produced the ‘Team of the Eighties’ and Director of Youth Football at Charlton Athletic. John was the England Youth coach and First Team coach at Arsenal Football Club as well as the Technical Director of the FA National School of Excellence. John has been acknowledged by respected managers and coaches like Terry Venables, Ron Greenwood, Don Howe and Malcolm Allison as an outstanding football coach. John is the author of football coaching book, Football For The Brave.


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Roger Wilkinson
Roger has over 35 years football coaching experience around the world. In 2002, Roger co-founded Premier Skills with former Crystal Palace First Team Coach, John Cartwright, with a view to develop coaches and players at all levels of the game. Over the past 10 years Roger has been based in the United Kingdom and has worked for Crystal Palace as an Academy Coach and more recently as the Under 21 Development Coach for West Bromwich Albion. Roger returned to New Zealand permanently in January 2013 and is currently the Youth Academy Director at Fencibles United.




Sam Wilkinson

Sam is a Premier Skills director and has been with the company for over 8 years. He has worked as an Academy coach at West Bromwich Albion FC and as the Lead U16 coach at Birmingham City FC. Sam holds the UEFA A License, the FA Youth Award and has earned a Bachelors Degree in Sports Studies and Graduate Diploma in Physical Education.



TEam Pic Dave Williams - Hertfordshire
Dave is one of the few full-time grass roots coaches in the UK and is the Director of Coaching at his own business - Premier Skills Academy in Hertfordshire. He has worked with professional clubs Stevenage FC, Luton Town and Barnet FC. Dave has the FA Level 2 and Level 3 Youth Award as well as the Premier Skills Coach Education award.
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Mark Fogarty – Birmingham
A senior Coach Educator at PREMIER SKILLS, Mark has over 25 years coaching experience. Mark is currently Head of Youth at Solihull Moors Football Club and has vast experience at all levels of the game. He was Head of Youth at Wycombe Wanderers, Centre of Excellence Director at Coventry City as well as assisting Alex McLeish with Birmingham City First team. Mark is Uefa A qualified and is an experienced coach educator with the FA and Premier Skills.

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Kurtis Pottinger - West Midlands
Kurtis is the Director of Coaching at coaching company ‘Lets Play The Game Ltd’. He is also a lead coach at junior school and club level. Kurtis has experience in training and mentoring grass roots coaches in the West Midlands area. He holds a Diploma of Higher Education in Sports Coaching and is an FA Level 2 Badge Holder. He has the Premier Skills Coach Education Award.


TEam Pic Steve Phythian - Sussex
Steve is a Football Development Officer for the Sussex County FA. He is a highly qualified coach and holds the UEFA A Licence and the FA Youth Award diploma. Steve is also an FA Level 1 and FA Level 2 tutor. Steve has worked comprehensively throughout the male and female game, from local club to Centres of Excellence and senior adult levels and is an experienced grass roots coach.
TEam Pic Darron Bishop - Staffordshire
Darron has 12 years experience at leading and coaching at junior club level and is highly qualified. He has the Uefa B and FA Youth qualifications 1, 2 and 3 plus the Premier Skills Coach Education Award. Darron has worked with youth players of all ages from foundation to college youth stage. He is employed by the Birmingham City recruitment department.
TEam Pic Matt Beckingham - Hampshire
Matt is a Level 3 UEFA B Licensed Coach qualified coach with extensive coaching experience of working with developing a whole host of different age groups and abilities. A Premier Skills Licensed Coach and Coach Educator, Matt has also completed the FA Youth Module 1 and 2.  Matt has previously worked for Southampton Football Club and has held scouting roles at a number of clubs including Fulham Football Club, Portsmouth Football Club and Reading Football Club.



TEam Pic Simon Tindal - Auckland
Simon has a Degree in Sports Science and is currently completing his Masters at AUT University in Auckland. He previously worked at Sheffield Wednesday in the sports science department. Simon has the Australian Level 3 certificate, is the lead Senior Coach at Pakuranga College and a Senior Coach at the Premier Skills Centre of Excellence.
TEam Pic George Curry - Auckland
George is former lead coach at Birmingham City FC Academy Youth development stage. George has the NVQ Level award in Football Coaching as well as the FA youth Award Level 3 and Uefa B Licence. George is currently a lead senior coach at Rangitoto College, Auckland. George is also a lead coach at Premier Skills Centre of Excellence.
TEam Pic Ryan Ward - Auckland
Former lead coach at Birmingham City FC Academy Junior development stage, Ryan has a Degree in Sport Coaching and is a trained Physical Education Teacher. Ryan has the FA Youth Award Level 3. Ryan is currently a lead senior girls coach at Rangitoto College Auckland. Ryan is a lead coach at the Premier Skills Centre of Excellence.



TEam Pic Andrea Vella - Malta
Andrea is the Lead Premier Skills Coach Educator for Malta. He has the Uefa B licence and has a Teaching Certificate in Physical Education. Andrea is currently completing a Degree in Physical Education.