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Tris Whitman - Head of Mentoring


Born in Nottingham in 1980, Tris played grassroots football for Sandiacre Town FC through his teens, but it wasn't until he was 17 years of age when he joined Arnold Town's youth team that he began to make a name for himself. With a short spell in the reserves, he was quickly called upon for first team duties where he scored an impressive 55 goals in 77 matches! Catching the eye of then non-league Doncaster Rovers FC and securing a £10,000 transfer, Tris went on help the team gain promotion to league two. His performance in the playoffs resulted in an England C team call up and this team went on to win the 2003 Four Nations Trophy; an incredible achievement for any young player. 

Tris went on to have spells at Dagenham, Crawley, Tamworth and Scarborough, where he experienced a career highlight playing against Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup. He now plays veterans football for Basford United and in 2018, was selected to represent England seniors in the World Cup held in Thailand, in which England went on to win.


Alongside playing, Tris is an experienced coach with over 8 years spent developing young, aspiring players. He currently coaches Nottingham Forests U14's as well as running 1:1 and team sessions for Canoville Coaching. His wealth of knowledge and relaxed manner enable him to quickly and effectively achieve results. 

Heading up our Mentorship Program and ensuring that it is successfully delivered is role in which Tris shines. Having experienced his own hurdles through his adolescent years, he is acutely aware of prerequisite to support children with emotional and behavioural needs, so that they have a platform off which to achieve in life. 


"Working with, and supporting young people is something that is a real passion for me. I'm able to use my experiences and knowledge to act as a positive role model for those who might need advice and guidance, particularly in schools. I feel that the mentoring sessions are an essential tool to help young people positively refocus in class through providing greater awareness along with coping strategies around the issues that they face."



UEfA B qualification, Youth Award modules 1-3, BSc (Honours) Sports Fitness and Coaching.