Mover of the Week: James Thomas, Bristol City FC Women and Girls Development Manager

  • Coach delighted to be given a chance to return to his spiritual home
  • Will oversee a player pathway from the club’s U11s to the first team
  • Was hailed by his players for a positive impact in his short spell in charge of Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team

WELCOME HOME...James Thomas has returned to Bristol City Women's FC

JAMES THOMAS has spoken of his delight after sealing a return to English FA Championship club Bristol City as Women and Girls Development Manager.

The gifted Welsh coach and Sport Careers Agency client had been in charge of the Trinidad and Tobago Women's National Team with a wide-ranging portfolio to improve the game on the twin islands.

Thomas, though, felt he had to cut that adventure short when he was given the chance to come back to a club that has in many ways been his spiritual home.

James' players had hailed the impact he had made with T & T in his five months in the job but he reasoned: "This club has played a huge part in my development and I am honoured to be back.

"When the chance came to rejoin the club I was delighted."

Before his departure for the Caribbean James worked in roles as an assistant coach with the Welsh FA at U17, U19 and senior women's levels.

That attracted the Trinidad and Tobago FA to hand him the national role from a daunting candidate pool.

The chance of a quickfire return to Bristol City, though, proved too tempting to resist and James revealed: "I can't wait to start the work of creating and managing a long-term, sustainable and excellent player pathway here.

"That's what we are aiming for from the U11s right through to the first team.

"We want to fulfil the club's vision of a first team with a core of homegrown talent."

James Thomas had the courage to look beyond his comfort zone and take a post abroad that challenged him and enhanced his education as a coach.

Yet he has a heartfelt desire to help improve young players at a club he loves and give them the dream of first team football. That's why James Thomas is this week's Sport Careers Agency Mover of the Week.

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