Meet the Team

Demir Vavan

Academy & Managing Director

Demir Vavan founded the academy in 2012 and his role as Academy – Managing Director is to oversee the football & academic performance of the academy. He holds the UEFA Licensed coaching qualification and has had over 10 years’ experience working with professional football clubs including: AFC Bournemouth, Birmingham City FC, & Northampton Town FC. With an impressive coaching career to date Demir has worked with many International, Premier League & English football league players who have gone onto play at the highest levels in the game. With a proven track record in developing youth players Demir specialises in 1-2-1 training along with progressing players onto professional clubs via the Future Pro Academy recruitment programme.

David Phillips

Lead Coach

David Phillips holds an UEFA A license coaching qualification & has had over 10 years’ experience working with professional football clubs including: Coventry City FC & Derby County FC. Whist at these academies he took the role of head coach at Warwickshire college where he remained for 17 years before joining Future Pro in August 2019.  David was a former Professional footballer who had a successful professional playing career spanning 20 years, with over 620 league games and 62 International caps for Wales. His career saw him play for: Plymouth Argyle FC, Manchester City FC, Coventry City FC, Norwich City FC, Nottingham Forest FC, Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City FC & Stevenage FC. In 1987 David won the FA cup with Coventry City FC. He has also been working with Sky TV for the past 9 years covering La Liga, Premiership and International matches. Also working with DAZN & Gravity Media covering Seria A and FA Cup fixtures.

Paul Reynolds

Head of Goalkeeping/Lead U18's Coach

Paul is a UEFA A Licensed specialist goalkeeping coach, who also possesses the UEFA B Licence certificate & has a proven track record working in elite professional football for over the past 20 years'. Paul brings a wealth of experience working at clubs such as: Burton Albion & Coventry along with being a FA Goalkeeper Coach Educator & FA Advanced Youth Award holder. Paul has also worked with the FA, undertaking roles with the England learning disability squad, the England Cerebral Palsy squad and the England blind football team. Reynolds also worked with the Wales under 19s learning disability squad. .

Samantha Banks


Samantha Banks Graduated from the University of Worcester in 2018 with a BSc (hons) in Sports Therapy. Since finishing University, she has had experience working in several different sports including: Football, Rugby Union, Rugby 7’s & Cricket. She has now been working with Future Pro for the past 2 seasons