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Academy

Below will be the latest news and updates from the Club's Academy - ranging from information for parents and match reports. 

'Bristol Rovers F.C Academy have a history of producing home-grown players, going onto to play in the famous blue and white shirt.

We want our young players to believe that they can play at the highest possible level, and as a staff we are committed to helping them on that journey.

The pathway to the first team is in place for our young players, our job is to nurture their skills and to give them the belief and support to achieve their goals. We have hard working fans and we expect hard working staff and players to represent this football club.

We want every individual who walks through the door to reach their full potential on and off the field of play, as a player and as a person. We are committed to a philosophy that drives the development of young, home-grown players.'

Chris Hargreaves

Academy Manager

Bristol Rovers strive to provide a program that focuses on the development of the person as well as the player.

Our coaches are committed to creating a positive and engaging learning environment based on honest hard-working values where we will challenge players to understand the game, make excellent decisions and be the best person they can be with a passion for improvement, a winning mentality, and a strong mindset. Our aspiration is that at whatever stage a player leaves the Academy programme they will have found the experience beneficial to their development as people as well as players. We have a duty to develop and support players by ensuring a balance between their footballing development, their education and personal development.

Our aspiration is that at whatever stage a player leaves the Academy programme they will have found the experience beneficial to their development as people as well as players.

Full Time Staff

Chris Hargreaves - Academy Manager

Adrian Harvie - Head of Coaching

Alex Hinder - Head of Recruitment

Nikki Parker - Operations Manager & Club Safeguarding & Welfare Officer

Tom Parinello - Lead Professional Development Phase Coach U18s

Phil Hicks - Lead Youth Development Phase Coach U13s – U16s

Luke Smith - Lead Foundation Phase Coach U9s – U12s

Sophie Morgan - Lead Pre Academy Phase Coach

Steve Bissix - Head of Medical 

Chris Bakker - Lead Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach

Leighanne Kelly - Lead Schoolboy Therapist U9-U16

Ed Strange - Life Skills & Performance Psychology Coach

Dafydd Williams - Professional Development Phase Coach U18s

Matt James - Professional Development Phase Goalkeeper Coach U18s

Derek Segger - Academy Kit Manager 

Latest Academy News...

Academy Fixtures - 19th August

17 August 2019

Some information for academy parents on upcoming fixtures...

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Club News

Academy Fixture Update - 12th August

10 August 2019

Some information for academy parents on upcoming fixtures...

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Club News

Academy Fixture Update - 11th August

3 August 2019

Some information for academy parents on upcoming fixtures...

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Club News

Chris Hargreaves Takes Up Academy Manager Role

20 June 2019

Chris Hargreaves has taken up the Academy Manager role left vacant by Jonny Henderson.

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Matt James
 

Matt James

Goalkeeping Coach 

Chris Bakker 

Lead Strength and Conditioning 

Chris Hargraves

Chris Hargraves

Academy Manager

Tom Parrinello

Tom Parrinello

Lead Professional Development Phase Coach

Adrian Harvie

Adrian Harvie

Head of Coaching 

Alex Hinder

Alex Hinder

Head of Recruitment 

Nikki Parker

Nikki Parker

Operations Manager and Club Safeguarding & Welfare Officer 

Phil Hicks

Phil Hicks

Lead Youth Development Phase Coach U13's-U16's

Luke Smith

Luke Smith

Lead Foundation Phase Coach U9's-U12's 

Sophie Morgan

Sophie Morgan

Lead Pre Academy Phase Coach 

Ed Strange

Ed Strange

Life Skills and Performance Psychology Coach 

Dafydd Williams

Dafydd Williams

Professional Development Phase Coach U18's