Meet Our Club Technical Team

Meet Our Club Technical Team

Claire Ditchburn 


Twitter: @Claire_D25

Current Age Groups: U15 & U16 Girls 

Why I Coach? I love soccer, and the energy and enthusiasm that youth players have for the game and have for being part of a team.

Educational Background: York St. John University - BA Honours Kinesiology

Qualifications: UEFA B License (currently working on UEFA A License)

Past Coaching Successes:

  • 2017 OPDL Cup Winners
  • 2017 OPDL Eastern Division Champions
  • 2017 OPDL Charity Shield Winners, Bethesda Premier Showcase Winners
  • 2016 Scottish Women's Premier League Cup Winners
  • 2016 Scottish Cup Winners,
  • 2015 UEFA Women's Champions League Qualification

Simon Wilshaw


Current Age Groups: U12, U13 & U14 Boys

Why I Coach? I love football and it has been my life since I was 5. I enjoyed playing and thinking about the game as a player, what I/the team can do in certain scenarios to get success. Coaching was the next logical step when I was asked to go on coaching licence, from here I got the appetite to improve. I wanted to get better by watching games and sessions as much as I could to pick up little tips and try them with the players I was coaching while always looking to improve them so they can develop.

Professional Background: 

  • Youth Team Player (1994-1997) Port Vale F.C Stoke on Trent, UK
  • Represented the club from U14 – U16
  • Staffordshire County Player (1995 – 1997) Staffordshire Stafford, UK
  • Represented my home county from U14 – U16 Youth Team Player (1990 – 1994)
  • Stoke City F.C Stoke on Trent, UK Represented the club at U10 – U14


  • UEFA B License
  • FA Youth Awards

Past Coaching Successes:

  • 2014 – 4 Players from 2001 Team selected for trials at TFC Academy
  • 2014/2015 – 8 Players selected for 2001 Ontario Provincial Team Program
  • 2014/2015 – 2 Players selected for 2001 Ontario team to play Quebec
  • 2015 – 2 Players selected to train in Vancouver Whitecaps U14 Residency program
  • 2015 – 8 2002 Boys selected for 2002 Ontario Provincial Team Program
  • 2015 – 11 2002 Boys selected for 2001 Ontario Provincial training Program
  • 2015 – 2001 OPDL Eastern Champions
  • 2016 – 4 2001 Boys represent Ontario province v Quebec
  • 2016 – 2001 Player represents Canadian U15 national team
  • 2016 – 2002 Player joins Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Program 2016 – 2 2001 Boys join TFC Academy for trip to France to take part in MLS Event
  • 2016 – OPDL Eastern Champions 2001 Boys
  • 2016 – OPDL League Champions 2001 Boys
  • 2017 – 3 Players joined TFC u16 academy from 2001 team
  • 2017 - 9 players from 2003 and 2004 Boys make Provincial Team program.

Liam Hughes


Current Age Groups: U9's to U14's Boys & Girls

Why I Coach? My love of the game and my desire to find and develop talent at any level.

Educational Background:

  • A1 Assessor and FA Coach Educator


  • UEFA B License
  • FA Youth Award Modules 1, 2 & 3,
  • UEFA A License candidate.

Past Coaching Successes: 

  • Produced and worked with a number of players that have gone on to play professionally in England, Australia, Argentina, USA, United Arab Emirates and Norway.
  •  Southampton Academy Cup Winners 2017 (Manchester City Football Club)
  • Football Federation Australia NPL League and Cup double winners 2014 (Olympic Football Club)
  • FA Youth Cup 1st round (2011), 2nd round (2012 & 2013), 3rd round (2014 first time in the club's history, Southport Football Club)


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