Tue, Oct

Former Trinidad and Tobago Women's Head Coach, James Thomas

James Thomas has returned to Bristol City Women as Women and Girls Youth Development Manager.

Thomas returns to the West Country where he previously spent four years within the academy set-up.

The Welshman has previously worked as assistant to City Women Head Coach Lauren Smith with the WSL Development side at City, before taking over from Smith as Head Coach and then going on to lead the BCWFC and SGS College programme.

In 2018 Thomas departed for the national set-up in Wales where he fulfilled the role of assistant coach in the under-17, under-19 and senior sides.

Thomas’ most recent role took him to the Caribbean, where he was Head Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Team.

Head Coach Lauren Smith said: “A key pillar of our long-term vision for the club is to have a strong core of homegrown players in our first team squad, which means it’s imperative our player pathway provides the right environment and opportunities for players to progress to the top level.

“James brings a wealth of experience in developing the next generation of talent in the women’s game. Having worked closely with him both at here Bristol City and with Wales I believe he’s going to add great value to the future of our club.”

James Thomas said: “I am delighted to have been presented with the opportunity of re-joining the club, and to work alongside Lauren once again as we re-establish the club’s reputation of being able to build a sustainable first team squad with a strong core of homegrown players.  

“Bristol City WFC has played a huge part in my development as a coach, and to be given the responsibility to create and manage a successful pathway within the club is something I am very proud of.”