Staff Members

Mr Sills

Director of Football Academy

Mr Sills has been a PE teacher at Poole High for 4 years and took on the role of Director of Football Academy at it's inception in 2017. Mr Sills is a former professional footballer who had an extensive career with the likes of Aldershot Town, Oxford United, Stevenage and Torquay United. He gained two promotions from the National League and made numerous football league appearances. Mr Sills achieved a childhood dream by playing at Wembley not once but three times with the pinnacle of Mr Sills' career coming in a National League play-off final for Torquay United when he scored in a 2-0 victory over Cambridge United in 2009. Mr Sills also had FIFA cards in the video game in FIFA 06, FIFA 10 and FIFA 11. Mr Sills played a s a Striker in the old fashioned English mould with all elbows and a head on the stick best describing his strengths.

Mr Jones

Head of PE/ Football Coach

Mr Jones has been head of PE at Poole High School for the last 7 years and has been fully involved in the coaching side of the Football Academy since it's inception in 2017. Mr Jones played for Brighton University first team, enjoying a successful time there before playing locally at Bournemouth Sports, Hamworthy Recreation and Mere FC. He was a marauding right back, often called the burly Cafu. He has VAST experience of the game and is very knowledgeable even though he supports Liverpool and most recently got to the finals of the FA Peoples Cup in 2018 at St Georges Park in a team containing Mr Sills among others.

Mr Francis

PE Teacher/ Football Coach

Mr Francis has worked at Poole High for 5 years and has combined semi-professional football and teaching throughout his time here. A North Devon boy, Mr Francis was at Exeter Academy as a youngster and oozes class alongside his majestic unicorn aura every time he takes the field. Mr Francis played for his hometown club Barnstaple Town FC for years, gaining two successive promotions with them, before he left for pastures new and closer to now home as he moved to Wimborne Town FC where he is currently playing in the Southern League Premier having gained promotion last year when they were more odds on to get relegated. Mr Francis mainly operates as a central midfielder but has been called upon to play right back at times as well.