Academy Development Centre


Team age ranges

Under 7's through to Under 17's


      WBA News & Success Stories

I joined WBA Academy Development Center as an U9 and at first struggled with the step up from grassroots football. However, with the encouragement of the coaches and their guidance and support I ended up with a spell up at the WBA Academy before being signed at Birmingham FC as an U14, eventually making my international debut for Wales at U16 level. Due to the technical and tactical work, which underpinned the training at WBA ADC, the jump upto Academy football was much easier to cope with. I have a great deal to thank the WBA ADC  team for

Theo got spotted  by West Brom when he was paying for Bishop's Cleeve Colts in March 2016 at the age of 7.


That was at the start of his West Brom journey which initially saw him training twice a week at the club's training development centre at St Peters School in Gloucester.


The centre , run by Paul Gardiner is well organised and it most definitely works.


Within seven months, Russ and Andie and  the other excellent coaches that Paul Gardiner has assembled had worked their magic on Theo and he was ready for the full academy which is based in the shadow of The Hawthorns in Birmingham. Since then he has played - and scored - against academy teams from the likes of Man Utd, Liverpool, Leicester, Stoke and Nottingham Forest to name just a few. And it's not just Theo who has benefited from the outstanding work being done at the Development Centre - which this year celebrates it,s 10th anniversary - because over the past decade it has produced players for every West Brom Academy age group from under 9's through to under 18's, under 21's and the first team.

When I joined West Brom Development Centre I was quite a good player but the drills and skills that I recieved in Gloucester progressed me to being a much better player.


I enjoyed the development centre because the coaches were excellent in making the training fun. I am grateful for the opportunity given to me by Paul Gardiner and his team because it is down to them that I am now at West Brom Academy. I hope you guys continue to push through many more players to the Academy because it is a great place to play football.   













         Get Scouted by WBA 

WBA Academy Development Center have qualified ,experienced scouts regularly attending Grassroots matches, JPL games and Tournaments, so we have a knowledge bank of thousands of players.....However, there's always the chance we have not seen you play, so, if you have talent, a desire to be coached and improve and a winning attitude, fill out the form below .


Once we have received the completed form, one of our dedicated recruitment staff will be in touch with you via email as soon as possible (typically within 7-10 days of receipt) to provide details of when we can watch you play or invite you in.


Please do not submit more than one trial request form at a time. We consistently do our best to ensure that we get back to all players as quickly as possible but, given the huge number of requests we receive, this can sometimes prove difficult.


All trial sessions take place at the WBA Academy Development Center and are completely free of charge

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Center Staff


 Paul is an experienced manager,mentor and coach, being UEFA A qualified and a graduate of the prestigious Premier League ECAS scheme .


 Paul has been at the Academy Development Center for 10 years, rising from coach to Center manager. A firm believer in lifelong learning, with  over 20 years experience in the armed forces, he is also an FA tutor and can regularly be seen mentoring young coaches as well as players on their journeys. 

Paul Gardiner

Jamie Underwood


Level 3 ( UEFA B) coach  Jamie has been at the

Academy Development Center for 9 years

and in that time he has coached U9 through

to U17.


A former professional with Swindon Town,

Cheltenham Town and FGR Jamie brings a

wealth of playing and coaching experience.



Tony Whiting

Tony has been at the center for 6 seasons and

is working towards his Level 2. 


Youth Award 1 & 2 qualified, Tony efficiently

manages two roles as Club Secretary and Welfare

officer as well as coaching at U16 level.


Center Manager

Deputy Center Manager

Club Secretary & Welfare Officer


Andie Cox

An experienced business manager, Andie is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and is in the final

stages of completing an MBA in Sports Management

with Real Madrid FC.


An FA  Level 2 coach, Youth Mod Level 3 and Level 4 Psychology Andie has a wide range of experience at

coaching from U6 to U14 and is a Talent ID Level 2

Qualified and registered Scout as well as holding the 

Equality and Diversity awareness award from 

Southampton University





Operations Manager

              Lead Age Group Coach


Mark has been a Licensed FA Coach for 10 years and member of the WBA Development Academy since 2011. A former Head Coach of Rodborough YFC and First Team Manager of Rodborough OB’s FC, Mark brings a wealth of  playing and coaching experience


Educated at UEL, Mark has a Bsc (Hons) in

Land Management and an MSc in

Development and Planning.



Mark McNally


          Lead Age Group Coach


Barry has Coached at Bristol City and Cheltenham Town YDP Academies following Managing adults in the Hellenic League. 'A' License part qualified, 'B' License holder, completed F.A. Youth Modules 1,2 and 3.


B.A. in Social Science. Member of the F.A Licensed Coaches Club. 


Barry Granger

Kirsten Wing 


Graduate Sports Therapist


Trauma care qualified and trained in contact and collision disciplines.  Driven by research and development of the individual. Athletes come first! 


BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, BFAS, ITEC L4, RFU Immediate Care in Sport L2


Jack Walsh

Lead Age Group Coach


A UEFA B & FA Youth Award level coach who aspires to work with elite level players.


Also FA Psychology Award Level 1 with a keen interest in player psychology


 Experience within foundation and youth development phases. 

Rhys Phillips.


Age Group Coach


FA Level 2 coach, Youth Modules 1, 2, and 3. Progressing towards Youth Award and UEFA B License. Current Sports coaching (BSc) student at University of Gloucestershire.


 Mark Hollingsworth


Lead Age Group Coach


Mark has been coaching for six years and is in his second season at the WBA Academy  Development Centre.

 FA level 2 coach , youth module awards 1 & 2,

Working on  UEFA B coaching license. Father to a dancing daughter, football mad son and a very understanding wife.


 Elliot Massingham


Lead Age Group Coach


Elliott is starting his second season at the WBA Academy Development Center.


A graduate of Newcastle university in Sport and Exercise Science, he is a Level 2 coach, working on UEFA B with a keen interest in Sports Psychology and it's effect on elite athletes.


 Dan Still


Lead Goalkeeping Coach


An experienced former pro , Dan joined the WBA Academy Development Center  in 2018. UEFA B qualified Dan has 20 years of coaching experience since playing career was cut short by injury.




St Peter's High School & sixth Form Centre

Stroud Road, Tuffley, Gloucester, GL4 0DD