ADP Academy Owner & Director
After playing soccer in the UK for a number of years for numerous clubs learning the game from some great coaches. I decided to dedicate myself to the coaching game and completed some of my badges in the UK which then lead to me to land a coaching job working for Stoke City FC. At this time I was still playing semi-professional football for a team called Rocester FC. As I began to take coaching a lot more serious my football had to take a back seat. I was then offered to move to Canada for an opportunity in Toronto. After being in Toronto for a short while I could desperately see the need for an official full-time academy program. As I was blessed with being able to have a great portfolio of European contacts we based the ADP Academy around this giving players the opportunity to explore the European professional route and also have the pleasure of working with some of the best coaches/Players to play. Employing the Full-Time UK UEFA coach’s to ADP has done so brilliantly. Players having the opportunity to work with the likes of our coaches who are all at a great standard under the watchful eye of myself and our TD Adam Cookson. The likes of Professional premier League player Andy Wilkinson the Stoke City Legend and also Premier League player Rohan Ricketts who player for TFC, Tottenham and some of the worlds biggest clubs gives me great pleasure in order to allow them to pass their knowledge on to our ADP players
ADP Academy Technical Director
For the last 10 years of my career I have been coaching full time in a football organization.
When not making it as a professional player, I knew that I wanted to work within football and coaching was the next best thing. Starting as a 16 year old coach at Stoke City FC, I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from a lot of different coaches. I have developed my knowledge and passion for coaching by complete numerous coaching course including UEFA B license. My work has taken me to a number of different countries stretching across three different continents. Now calling Canada home I bring all of my experiences and hope to pass my knowledge on to influence future players within Canadian football.
ADP Academy International Head Coach
Andy” Wilkinson English former professional footballer who played as a defender.
Wilkinson joined Stoke City’s academy from his local club Stone Dominoes and made his professional debut in October 2001. Since then Wilkinson has gradually worked his way into the first team and after four loan moves and a number of injury problems had restricted his career. He broke into the side during the 2007–08 season in which Stoke were promoted to the Premier League. He helped Stoke establish themselves in the top-flight in 2008–09 and 2009–10 and he played in the 2011 FA Cup Final which Stoke lost 1–0 to Manchester City.
He played in the UEFA Europa League in 2011–12 as Stoke again finished in mid-table. He remained in the side in 2012–13 under Tony Pulis before Mark Hughes was appointed manager in May 2013 . In 2014–15, Wilkinson joined Millwall on loan. He retired from football in February 2016 after struggling to recover from a serious head injury.
Director of Development
A product of the Arsenal Football Club Academy, spending 8 years there after moving to their fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur. I have 17 years of professional playing experience at the highest level having played across 4 continents. I have worked with world class coaches like Arsene Wenger, Glenn Hoddle, Done Howe, Martin Jol and Jacques Santini to mention a few.
I currently hold my UEFA A License in coaching. As well as being a professional player for 17 years I have coached many youth teams in N. America, S. America, and Asia whilst playing in those continents.
I am bilingual speaking fluent English and Spanish.
I am looking forward to bringing my experience to an exciting academy in ADP.
ADP Academy Head Coach
Gareth has been playing soccer for over 22 years and along the way has been fortunate enough to play at a high level whilst becoming a student of the game. A district and county captain from an early age Gareth went on trial to numerous Barclay’s Premier League and Football League clubs before joining the Port Vale FC Academy at 12. On reaching the school leaving age of 16 Gareth was signed by Port Vale as an apprentice and completed a two year contract, being released following injury at 18. Moving into education and semi-pro football Gareth completed a Degree in Physical Education becoming the first football player at the University of Wolverhampton to receive a scholarship whilst also competing in the Northern Premier with Halesowen Town. At this time he began his coaching career with Walsall F.C. in League One.
ADP Academy Head Coach
& Toronto Technical Director
I am from Plymouth, England. I played semiprofessional football in England, Nepal and New Zealand. I have been coaching for over 15 years, completing numerous coaching course including UEFA B FA Coaching Certificate, National Academy Coaching Licence of New Zealand, and Canadian National B Licence, and I am enrolled on the Canada Soccer National A Licence course next summer.
ADP Academy Head Coach
Nathan has been playing soccer for over 20 years throughout that time he has been fortunate to play at a high level all whilst becoming a student of the game. The London Native built his soccer fundamentals in a soccer emerged environment, and strives to mirror what he experienced as a youth in Canada. Learning from his experiences, soccer courses, and intelligent colleagues Nathan has developed his knowledge of the game, and is highly effective in reaching the players..
ADP Academy Goalkeeping Coach