Meet the Coaches
All of our coaches are UEFA and or FA Qualified, DBS checked and First Aid trained.
Jesse is the Head of the Academy, overseeing every player’s journey from our youngest Pre-Academy players, right the way through to our current U14 age group. Jesse is a very experienced player and Coach having come through the AFC Bournemouth Academy ranks as a youngster, before moving into semi-professional football.
Hugh is our Lead Development phase Coach and has coached across the Academy programme for the past 5 years. He has a very strong playing and coaching background having played at Academy level for AFC Bournemouth.
Hugh has been integral in establishing our Academy pathway with AFC Bournemouth and supporting players in this progression, liaising with parents and Academy coaching staff to ensure a smooth transition. Over the past 5 seasons Hugh has established an excellent network of club links and has been able to ensure that our players have the opportunities to showcase their talents at the highest level.
Jamie is our Lead Pre-Academy phase Coach, working with our younger players as they enter our programme. Having coached across the region for the past 5 years Jamie has had great success and was previously awarded Hampshire FA young Volunteer Coach of the Year.
Alongside his Coaching roles Jamie also recently graduated from University with a B.A. (Hons) in Football Studies, specialising in Coaching.
Jamie has conducted a range of research projects related to grass-roots football for Hampshire FA.
Niall has over 15 years coaching experience, having worked with Pre-Academy phase players right the way through to Youth team players looking to break into first team football. Niall coaches across several phases of our Academy supporting the Head of Academy and Lead phase Coaches with his knowledge and experience of professional Academy football. With this broad experience Niall works closely with the AFC Bournemouth Academy head of player recruitment when our players go on 6-week trial periods with AFC Bournemouth.
Alongside his Coaching background, Niall previously worked as a Football skills choreographer in Sports commercials with international brands such as Adidas, Nike, Pepsi and many more. In this role Niall worked with the likes of David Beckham, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Frank Lampard, Thierry Henry and many more famous football stars, co-ordinating football sequences and demonstrating specific skills on camera for the players to perform. Visit our Youtube channel to see some of Coach Niall’s commercial work as a football skills choreographer.