Tom Culshaw - U13 coach

First Name: Tom

Surname: Culshaw

Job Title: U13 coach

Profile

Tom is a former academy defender who as a youngster was picked up by the club playing in the same local Huyton teams as his close friend Steven Gerrard.

As a schoolboy he represented England at international level playing for both U15 and U16 age groups, and at 16 he also graduated from the FA National School where he spent two years living at Lilleshall with future stars Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher.

He started as a youth team player and then signed professional forms at 17 and progressed to become the reserve team captain gaining experience training alongside established players such as Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman.

After playing Tom worked in coaching and education and became the football development officer at the LFC Foundation College where he designed and overlooked the U19 college football programme accommodating one ladies and seven men teams.

At the college he was also a qualified tutor teaching BTEC and NVQ qualifications in sport to the students.

Tom returned to the Academy in 2011 to begin coaching our current young players.

He said: "As a player I was lucky to come through the ranks alongside youngsters who would later become some of the best players in the club's history.

"Now being back as a coach I want to pass my knowledge and experience onto our talented group of players and help them fulfil their potential and become professionals at the highest level."