Ethos

Our Ethos

As part of Aston Villa Academy emerging talent identification program. Our clear aim is to provide talented players and athletes within Gloucestershire and surrounding counties a clear pathway to sign to Aston Villa Football Club Category one Youth academy. The centre mirror’s the ethos and culture of the academy based at Bodymoor Heath. Our sole purpose is to attract and identifying players through a robust talent identification and holistic development program. All players are fully supported by a dedicated group of experienced and qualified performance staff.

We are dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment where players are encouraged to learn through self reflection and aspiration, with a focus on developing self-pride for their commitment, effort, and attitude.

Our Role In

Aston Villa
Football Club

“Aston Villa Football Club see the Gloucester Elite Performance Centre as a key foundation stone in their long term strategy of player development. Having worked with the centre for a number of years I have personal experience of the quality of the programme on offer. It has had great success in recruiting and developing  professional football players. Our football club is committed to developing our own home grown first team players who can follow in the footsteps of Jack Grealish and Jacob Ramsey and we believe that the Gloucester Elite Performance Centre can play a pivotal role in achieving this.”

Mark Harrison
Aston Villa Academy Manager

Experts

Meet The
Pathway Mentors

Our dedicated team of UEFA A and UEFA B licensed coaches are devoted to enabling players to thrive in a positive yet disciplined environment. The coaches at Gloucester Elite uphold the highest levels of professionalism and responsibility for the welfare of our players, ensuring they are always encouraged to reach their full potential as they pass through the development stages.

At Gloucester Elite Performance Centre, we recognise the importance for the young players in our care to aspire to be upstanding members of society and to have good values and standards as individuals within their communities. The qualities we actively encourage within our teams such as commitment, self-discipline, self-esteem, respect, loyalty and empathy are all qualities we believe will empower them throughout their lives and the impact they have on others, irrespective of their achievements as football players.

Paul Gardiner

Paul Gardiner

GEPC Manager

Tony Whiting

Tony Whiting

Safeguarding & Player Care

Mo Soliman

Mo Soliman

Head of Medical

Coaching

Training Sessions

At Gloucester Elite our philosophy is to view each and every training session as an opportunity for players to feel inspired to be the best they can be.

Our ambition is for each individual player to reach their full potential by attending our training sessions. The sessions are designed to maximise our young people’s footballing ability, as well as delivering motivational and enjoyable experiences. We want to enable young people to grow to be outstanding footballers while still ensuring they understand their value goes beyond that.

Pathway

Our Method for
Player Development

It’s important players are not locked down into one playing position early in their footballing career. That is why, at Gloucester Elite, we actively encourage players to make their own decisions during games and play to what they see. We, of course, use our experience and knowledge to guide players for and in match scenarios but ultimately the challenges are for individual players and their team to solve and overcome.

Our approach is to allow players the freedom to identify what they did well and were pleased with – consider what they may have done differently – and any parts they will work hard not to repeat. Encouraging this level of thinking and self-evaluation for our players is ultimately what will enable them to make good, confident decisions during future games.

Our Role In

Aston Villa
Football Club

"Aston Villa Football Club see the Gloucester Elite Performance Centre as a key foundation stone in their long term strategy of player development. Having worked with the centre for a number of years I have personal experience of the quality of the programme on offer. It has had great success in recruiting and developing  professional football players. Our football club is committed to developing our own home grown first team players who can follow in the footsteps of Jack Grealish and Jacob Ramsey and we believe that the Gloucester Elite Performance Centre can play a pivotal role in achieving this."

Mark Harrison
Aston Villa Academy Manager