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WISS Stoke City Academy to Benefit More Students

November, 2015
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Peter Smith, former England and Premier League footballer, has taken on the role of Head Coach for the Stoke City FC Academy at the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS). Smith had a phenomenal playing career and has coaching qualifications all the way up to FA Level 4.

Starting as a player for Liverpool’s youth teams, from 15 years of age onwards. Smith then moved on from Liverpool to start his professional football career with Exeter City FC as a midfielder, where he won Young Player of the Year in 1998. During his time at Exeter City FC he also represented England twice, once as Captain. Smith also played in Finland and for Cambridge City FC, before moving into a youth coaching career, through which he returned to Liverpool and led the U18 elite side to the title of National Champions. Smith also managed full-time professional players and internationals in the Malta premier league for two seasons.

wiss-stoke-city-1Two other highly experienced coaches from Stoke City FC join Smith. They will be based at WISS throughout the year, offering coaching to academy students. WISS students are incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from such experienced coaches. The level of discipline, commitment and motivation that the Academy instills is unmatched and the chance to learn from the world’s best, to train in the UK and to meet the professionals who cannot be found elsewhere.

“The expertise of the Stoke coaches is obvious. In addition to knowing exactly what a developing player needs to work on, they are also very good at communicating with young players and impressing upon them the need for self-discipline, teamwork and effort. I have never seen my eight-year olds work as hard for anything as they did to get ready for the Stoke trials, and I’ve never seen them as happy as the day they made the team,” said WISS parent John Lalis, who has two children in the Stoke City FC Academy at WISS.


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