Meet the man who coaches the football coaches

Craig Gill, football coaching

Craig Gill lectures in Football Coaching & Performance at USW. He spent 25 years in the Royal Air Force as a Physical Training Instructor and Physical Education Officer, and played for and coached the RAF and British Forces national teams and those in Cyprus, before retiring in 2011 at the rank of Squadron Leader. 

After playing in the Football Combination League for Swansea City, Craig joined the military and played in the Football Conference and Welsh Premier League, and proudly represented Wales at semi-professional level. He has also worked in the Football League at first team and reserve levels as a highly qualified coach, sports therapist, performance analyst and fitness consultant.

"I have had the pleasure to play and coach in over 30 countries worldwide and in my previous role as the National Coach Mentoring Coordinator for the Welsh Football Trust, I was fortunate to lead the programme which has mentored many coaches including ex-professional players who are now making a second career in the game such as Patrick Vieira, David Ginola, Sol Campbell and Garry Monk, amongst others. 

I think it’s vital to have industry professionals teaching this course and closely supporting, challenging and mentoring our students. We are best placed to demonstrate the transition of academic learning into the workplace. USW's close partnerships with the Welsh Football Trust, Cardiff City, Swansea City and various local authority initiatives allow us to use these experienced and forward-thinking experts to demonstrate current trends and modern techniques. 

On a weekly basis I see our students apply what they have learned in the lecture room onto the training pitch, into the community and at professional clubs. This allows them to stay ahead of the game and to be competitive in the job market upon graduation."