Tom Culshaw - U18s assistant manager

First Name: Tom

Surname: Culshaw

Job Title: U18s assistant manager

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Culshaw 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.

And now, after previously coaching the U15 group in Kirkby, Tom will act as assistant manager to Gerrard with the U18s in 2017-18.

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, then signed professional forms at 17, and progressed to become the reserve team captain, gaining experience by 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 oversaw the U19 college football programme accommodating one women's and seven men's 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 on to our talented group of players and help them fulfil their potential and become professionals at the highest level."