Football (Soccer)

David ClarkeDave Clarke

Head Coach

Dave is head coach and editor of Soccer Coach Weekly. For 15 years, Dave has coached many teams in a range of age groups. All of them have two things in common – they play a fluid, passing game and tend to win a lot. His qualifications include: FA Youth Modules, 1, 2 and 3, FA Levels 1 and 2, Coerver Youth Module, and FA Youth Level 3.


Tony Carr

Contributing Editor

Tony Carr is a consultant on youth development at English Premier League club West Ham United. From 1973 to 2014 he was Director of the club’s famous academy developing players including Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and John Terry.

Mike Beale

Contributing Editor

As an English Premier League academy coach, Mike develops talented players into the stars of the future. He was a professional with English Premier League club Charlton Athletic and Dutch team FC Twente before entering coaching and gaining the UEFA A Licence. Mike’s coaching career has so far included spells at Chelsea, Crystal Palace, AFC Wimbledon. He is now Liverpool FC’s Youth Development Officer.

Keith Boanas

Contributing Editor

Keith’s coaching CV spans more than 30 years, a testament to the wealth of experience he has coaching soccer to boys, girls, men and women. He was Assistant Director of the David Beckham Academy in London before moving to Estonia where he is now Technical Director for Women’s and Girl’s Football. As Surrey County Football Association Coach Educator, Keith is responsible for the tutoring and assessing coaches taking their level 2 and level 3 certificates in the county.



Dan Cottrell

Head Coach

Dan has spent most of his adult life collecting and absorbing the most useful rugby coaching secrets he can find. He is a practising RFU Level 3 Coach, a Welsh Rugby Union Course Leader, and head coach for Swansea Schools U15s. He is also a Level 2 referee. Dan played first class rugby at Bath and Bristol before moving into teaching and became Director of Rugby at Cranleigh School in Surrey. He then moved to Wales, where he was an age grade coach with the Ospreys, head coach of the amateur Ospreys and assistant coach for Welsh Women at the 2010 Womens World Cup.

Paul Tyler

Contributing Editor

Paul is a Scottish Rugby Union Level 3 qualified coach currently coaching at Greenock Wanderers RFC in National division 1. He is also a former SRU rugby development officer and qualified referee. Paul played representative rugby in both codes until a serious neck injury ended his playing career at the age of 22. A strong scientific background influences his coaching and he is always reviewing coaching material from around the world.

Colin Ireland

Contributing Editor

A qualified PE teacher with sixteen years experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union, Colin has a vast and varied experience of coaching and teaching rugby at every level of the game from mini’s to international squads. Now self employed as a sports consultant, he still doesn’t have enough time to play golf, but enjoys the annual trip to Spain struggling on the slick greens.

Mark Calverley

Contributing Editor

Mark is Head of PE at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand. He has coached the school’s 1st XV, and Wanganui District U18s, U20s, and currently the Marist Club men’s senior team (league champions in 2007). Mark has an RFU Level 3 award, an IRB Level 4 award and has completed the NZRFU Practicum award – the highest coaching award in New Zealand. As a player, he played for England U18s, Warwickshire, Nuneaton, Nottingham and Harlequins.




Chris Mallac

Contributing Editor

Head of Performance at Aviva Premiership rugby club London Irish, Chris has a wealth of experience in the world of sport and medicine. A qualified physiotherapist and strength and conditioning coach, Chris has been head of sports medicine at Bath Rugby, head physio at Queensland Reds Super Rugby, worked within Australian Rules Football at the Brisbane Lions and with Australian women’s hockey and softball.

Andrew HamiltonAndrew Hamilton

Contributing Editor

Andrew is a sports science writer and researcher, specialising in sports nutrition. Andrew has worked in the field of fitness and sports performance for over 30 years, helping athletes to reach their true potential and is also a lifelong endurance athlete himself. As well as his role as editor of Peak Performance, Andrew is also has a special interest in sports injury and is commissioning editor of Peak Performance’s sister publication, Sports Injury Bulletin. When he is not editing, writing or researching, Andrew can be found cycling and running across the North Pennine moors where he lives!