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    Mike Fowler – Academy Director

    Head Coach

    Age: 34

    Qualifications: Uefa A Licence Candidate

    Hobbies: Coaching, Family, Reading & Cooking

    Favourite Players: Javier Mascherano

    Favourite Team: Liverpool

    Back Ground: Former professional footballer Mike Fowler who was a professional footballer with Premiership side Crystal Palace FC. From here he moved on to Stevenage, Wrexham, Salisbury, Forest Green and Newport before retiring to fulfil a lifelong dream and ambition, also represented Wales at all levels up to and including U21, making over thirty appearances for his country.

    Played with players like Ashley Cole, Stephen Hunt & Attillio Lombardo……

    Managed by managers like, Steve Coppell, Martin Oneill, Jim Smith,  and loads more…..

    Currently half way through his A Licence with the FAW who are playing a huge part in mike’s development as a coach. Anybody who knows mike will know how thorough his coaching is and how much the players enjoy working with him…



        Paul Evans – Coach

        NAME – Paul Evans

        AGE – 44

        PLACE OF BIRTH – Rhonda Valleys

        HOBBIES – Family, Football, Fitness, Horse racing

        EXPERIENCE – Played for school, club teams in England as well as County (Avon & Somerset) , moved to Wales had trials with CCFC, played for Cardiff school boys & local clubs AFC Cardiff, Civil Service, Whitchurch to name but a few.
        – Coached club football for last 5 seasons, CCFC Advanced Development squads u8 – u14, MFES u8 – u14
        – UEFA B licence

        AMBITIONS – Would like to take my grass roots team right through to senior football winning a league title on the way & see a child I’ve coached develop & progress into a professional footballer.

        THREE WORDS – Passionate, Enthusiastic, Committed ~(although not the 3 the Mrs said )

            Jikke Perry – Inclusion Officer

            Inclusion officer

            NAME : Jikke Perry

            ROLE : Inclusion Officer

            Place of Birth: Heemskerk, The Netherlands

            Hobbies: fitness, reading, family.

            History : gk for my school team and after that for 1st team at ADO (local football club)up until u14’s after this I changed to field hockey were I was gk until moving to the UK. I have been back involved in football for last couple of years helping out with my son’s grass roots team.

            Qualifications: FAW Leaders award, Safeguarding Children (NHS and FAW), fully first aid qualified.

            Ambitions: I have signed up to start my c- licence starting this in November and I am look forward learning more about the coaching side of football. As for my role as inclusion officer my ambition is to give the best possible experience to parents and players so that they can make some unforgettable memories whilst being part of the academy.

            3 words to discribe myself: friendly, ambitious, fair.

                Mark Mellars Communications manager

                Communications manager

                Communications manager, fixtures coordinator and u14 manager. Mark will always answer what you need to know as honestly as he can and someone who is regarded highly at SWES. Mark is exactly the same type as person as me, he will look at himself first and see if he can do better before looking elsewhere. We reflect on all aspects of what we deliver and constantly tweak things to improve. We bounce off each other. I would love to be able to offer mark a full time role with us as we would benefit hugely and maybe in time this will become possible.

                    Gareth Brookman

                    Gareth is one of our new assistant coaches, successful in our recent interview process. Photo to follow…

                    Name: – Gareth Brookman

                    Date Of Birth: – 29/09/1987

                    Age: – 27

                    Place Of Birth: – Cardiff

                    Hobbies: – I’m really into my motocross and have been riding motorbikes since the age of 14. Football is main love, Season Ticket Holder with Cardiff City for last 4 years, Have a very keen interest in welsh football from Grassroots Level to Welsh League right the way to the national squad.

                    History: Got into coaching relatively recent as 2014/15 was my first season coaching a local children’s team for Llanrumney YC at Under 9’s, We have made go strides in our first season as a team and has had 4 of my players graduating into academy/development Centre football in our first year.

                    Qualifications: FAW Football Leaders & FAW First Aid for Football Awareness

                    Ambitions: Looking work my way up the ladder within the FAW and do my coaching Badges, First up would be UEFA C Licence and under Mike guidance hopefully this could become reality.

                    3 Words To Describe Myself: Confident, Firm, Fair.

                        Ricky John

                        Ricky was also successful at the recent interviews and will become an assistant coach at SWES, picture to follow…..


                        NAME: Richard John

                        AGE: 41 years young

                        PoB Merthyr Tydfil

                        Hobbies – Playing football, watching football, coaching football (lol). Chauffeuring my boys everywhere. Spending time with family for what’s left. Supports Liverpool.

                        EXPERIENCE: Played for local boys club team between the age of 8 and 16 and represented the county on several occasions. Played adult football from 17 to now with the same local club. Also playing Vets football for Merthyr Town.
                        Currently coach Pentyrch Rangers U13s in the C&D ‘A’ league. Have coached at the club since 2008 from age groups U7s through to U13s and also worked with the U14s and U15s. Organised a hugely successful tour to Belgium in May 2015 for U12s and U14s.
                        QUALIFICATIONS: FAW Leaders but Would like to progress my coaching badges. Also, although winning isn’t everything, having coached my current Pentyrch team from U7s through to U13s (currently) I would love to win a cup or league with them as a reward for their efforts.

                        3 words to describe myself … per my twitter account ‘Bald, Handsome, Modest’ :-)
                        But if you want a more serious one  ‘Loyal, competitive, thoughtful’

                            Gareth Taylor

                            Gareth has been with us for a few years now in the capacity of Manager of firstly the Under 11’s both National & Regionals and then manager of most ages on various occasions. He has become both an integral and popular member of SWES……

                            NAME: Gareth Taylor
                            Age : 36
                            Born : Cardiff.

                            Hobbies: Cardiff city fan, swimming, playing pool/snooker. Days out with the family, hiking exploring etc and watching, playing, coaching Football.

                            Football background:

                            Grass routes football coach for over 10 years.. currently coaching Afc Rumney under 12’s. . Highlight so far was winning the ESF Championship Cup.

                            My ambition is to see at least 1 player I’ve worked with sign a pro contract and hopefully see them one evening on Match of the day ..


                            Football leaders Level 1
                            Looking to progress further in the near future

                            3 words to sum up me.

                            Patient, passionate and willing!

                                Owain Warlow – Lead Coach

                                Owain has been with us for about three months now and has grown from strength to strength, a firm favourite with the players and well thought of. He has thrown himself into his role and is committed to learning. A great addition to the team!

                                Name – Owain Warlow

                                AGE – 27 years old

                                PLACE OF BIRTH – Pontypridd

                                HOBBIES –  football (watching and playing)

                                Club history;
                                Lincoln City FC, Kettering Town FC (Loan), Llanelli AFC, Gainsborough Trinity FC, Worksop Town FC, Tamworth FC (Current Club).
                                International; Wales Colleges (1 cap), Wales under 21’s (2 caps), Wales under 23’s (1 cap).

                                I’m a qualified personal trainer, so health and fitness are very important to me. In terms of ambitions, I’m looking to learn as much as I can from Mike and the rest of the coaching staff at S.W.E.S in order to develop myself as a coach. When I was a young aspiring football player dreaming of becoming a professional, there wasn’t an academy like S.W.E.S around, that provided football coaching of a high calibre and gave opportunities to young players to play against teams like Chelsea, QPR, Manchester City, Brighton, Cardiff City etc. With my football experience and background, I’m hoping to pass on some knowledge to the academy players to help them develop and fulfil their dreams of becoming professionals. It’s a great opportunity for the players here at S.W.E.S, a set up I wish was around when I was a young player, so I’m excited to coach and help every player achieve their own ambitions.

                                Three words; Ambitious. Determined. Loyal.

                                    Martin Pickard

                                    Martin is another recent recruit who survived the interview process. He impressed us with his willingness to learn and get better. Has been in the thick of the action since joining, which has seen him at Bristol City and Cheltenham in the same week with the under 9’s.

                                    NAME: Martin Pickard
                                    Age :36
                                    Born :Swansea

                                    Football coaching takes up most of my spare time and it’s my passion but when I’m not coaching I love spending time with my family, and I have two sons who both play football and rugby, and I really enjoy watching their games. Also I’m a massive Liverpool supporter so I try and travel up to their games when I can.

                                    Football history:
                                    I started helping out with my local team pontprennau Pumas when my son joined 5 years ago, then a coaching position became available and ive now coached my team from under 8s and their now under 12s. Im now due to take over the running of the club and over see all age groups next season.
                                    Ambitions : I currently hold a football leaders award but I’m looking to do my C licence as soon as possible, and hopefully progress as far as I can with coaching and SWES and gain the relevant qualifications.

                                    Three words to describe me: Passionate, proud, loyal