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Key PersonnelKeith Gilbert - CEO
Before establishing Premier Coaching International, Keith had a successful career in business, primarily in the financial services sector, holding various senior management positions and directorships. In 2001 he set up an international distribution company specialising in property investment funds and by 2007 the company had operations throughout the UK, Europe, the Far East, Africa and the Middle East.
He has left the financial services industry to concentrate fully on establishing Premier Coaching International as a leading company in the area of youth soccer with the aim of offering a wide range of soccer related programmes and services primarily in the US but also in other regions worldwide.
Keith has a keen interest in soccer and has managed sides at junior, colts and youth level during which time he has established connections with a number of leading figures at various levels in the game which, in turn, led to the formation of Premier Coaching International.
Robbie Earle MBE - Director of Coaching
Director of Coaching, Robbie Earle, had a soccer career of approximately 600 games, scoring around 150 goals in English soccer with Port Vale FC and Wimbledon FC, the latter at the highest level in the English Premier League. Robbie played for England at B International level before representing Jamaica in the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals where he scored the country's first ever goal in the finals of the world's premier soccer tournament. During his playing career, Robbie received an M.B.E. for his services to soccer.
Robbie has extensive coaching experience (holding a UEFA "A" Coaching License) and works closely with the English FA and English Premier League as a consultant across varying football related activities. One such example is helping to develop an overseas coaching and language initiative in conjunction with the Premier League and British Council called "Premier Skills" where he holds the position of head coach. The initiative was piloted in Egypt and India and it is planned to extend into China and Africa.
Another of Robbie's roles within the English F.A. includes hosting and presenting at conferences on a nationwide basis and he is also a member of the Football Regulatory Authority who oversee the policies and competence of The Football Association.
He has retained contact with the grassroots of the English game by working closely with the Professional Football Association (PFA) and the Football Foundation where one of his specific roles is to sit on the Community Fund Board, helping to ensure the development of the game by the recommendation of funds to worthy soccer related causes.
Due to his numerous links with the game, Robbie works with a number of charitable organisations. He is Patron of a charity for children with leukaemia, and is also an Honorary Patron for "Show Racism The Red Card Project".
Robbie has considerable involvement with the media and is currently contracted to ITV Sport where he has carved out a niche as an informative contributor on games in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, English Premier League and the Football League. He has written for numerous national newspapers and regularly contributes to the largest newspaper in London, the Evening Standard. More recently Robbie has started to present regularly on the award winning US soccer radio programme, World Soccer Daily, broadcast from Los Angeles.
Trevor Carvall - Commercial Director
Trevor trained as a civil engineer and has over 30 years experience in the housing and construction industry, having held main board and non-executive board positions. He still retains an interest in the industry, acting on a consultancy basis to these sectors, including design and building management.
Trevor has had considerable involvement with soccer in the UK, particularly in youth soccer development. Following a soccer career in non-league football where he played for Carshalton Athletic, Molesey, Dorking and Redhill, he then started coaching at U9's through to U13's. He subsequently joined Conference side Sutton United as Chairman of their youth programme where he set up the coaching structure for the U8 team through to U17, providing a feeder system for the clubs' Youth, Reserve, and First Team. In 2005, Trevor obtained the Football Association Charter Standard for Sutton United’s Colt section.
Over a period of 6 years (2001 to 2007) Trevor worked as Assistant Coach to both Sutton United's Youth and Reserve teams where he enjoyed considerable success, helping to guide both sides to a number of trophies.
More recently, Trevor has worked with Robbie Earle in establishing community based soccer coaching opportunities in conjunction with the Football Foundation.
Trevor has applied for Football Association Community Standard, the highest accolade for non league status clubs, and will introduce the Premier Coaching International Curriculum into Sutton
Jamie Gilbert - Head Coach
Jamie graduated from St Mary’s University in 2005 with a BSc (hons) for Sports Science and Psychology which followed several years of involvement in soccer from U6 to youth level.
His playing career at youth level, prior to his university studies, included spells at non-league Tooting and Mitcham, Carshalton Athletic, Sutton United and a period at the Youth Academy at English Premier League club, Fulham FC.
Whilst studying at University and in the period since, Jamie has become increasingly involved in soccer coaching from U6 to youth level, having gained his FA level 1 and level 2 coaching qualifications.
After coaching at local schools in London, Jamie had a period in the United States coaching in the Mid-West where he was contracted to MLS and where he spent time with Chicago Fire, running team and summer camps across the region before completing a Player Development Officer (PDO) programme in Indiana.
In the UK, Jamie has worked with the "Football in the Community" programme set up by Wimbledon FC, latterly AFC Wimbledon, which included soccer coaching in under-privileged areas to help develop the game in these communities. More recently, Jamie has worked with Conference club, Sutton United, as Coach to the Reserve and Youth sides where he has been fundamental in improving the standard of coaching across all age groups as well as the internal coaching structure.
Jamie is heavily involved with the Sports Science element of coaching and regularly presents on injury rehabilitation and diagnosis, dietary requirements, dehydration and rehydration, statistical analysis and the effects of biomechanics on performance.