B05/06 Bellevue B, B08 Bellevue
Peter was born and raised in the West Midlands of England, where soccer has always been a part of the culture and heritage. He started playing soccer at a very early age and was selected for his school's soccer team and progressed to represent the local district and County programs. At the time, the County program was the highest level for youth players. When he turned 16, he had the opportunity to try out for his local team, Shrewsbury Town FC, who were competing in the second tier of the English league system. However, he made the decision to pursue a university education and embark on a business career instead.
Peter’s inspiration for playing and coaching has been his very own coach from England, Alan Jones, who also coached professionally in England and has been instrumental in the County program in which Peter played. Peter’s coaching journey began when he moved to Germany with his young family. There, he joined FC Dilsberg, a local semi-professional team, and also started coaching the club’s youth team and obtained the German DFB B license. Later, he also acquired the USSF grassroots license in the United States. Throughout his coaching career, he has maintained valuable connections with the professional game in England and has had the opportunity to spend time with the youth academies of Aston Villa and Leicester City in the English Premier League, gaining insights into top-level youth coaching.
Peter’s coaching philosophy revolves around inspiring, developing, and nurturing players as individuals and as part of a team. He believes in a holistic learning process that encompasses technical, tactical, social, and mental aspects of the game. Moreover, he firmly believes that enjoyment and fun are essential components of soccer. By engaging players and teams in open discussions about all facets of soccer, he encourages them to develop a deep passion for the sport and continuously challenge themselves to reach their full potential. Witnessing the growth of players both individually and collectively is the most gratifying aspect of coaching for Peter.
Peter, and his wife, Karen, have resided in Redmond, United States, for nearly 20 years. They have three grown children whom they are immensely proud of, as well as two dogs to keep them entertained. Alongside coaching, Peter is an avid follower of the English Premier League, supporting Arsenal. He also still keeps a close eye on his hometown team, Shrewsbury Town FC. What Peter really enjoys is talking and discussing soccer with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.