Peter Vincenti, who has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in professional football, has returned to Jersey and will become the new Academy Director at St Peter’s Football Club next season. In addition to starting a new career in the Finance industry with the Sanne Group, Peter will assume overall responsibility and lead the development of the club’s Academy players.
Peter, whose 14-year career saw him make over 400 professional appearances, including over 150 appearances for Rochdale AFC where he scored 34 goals, will return to the Club where he enjoyed local success and was named Jersey Footballer of the year in 2007 before leaving to sign professional terms with Millwall FC.
During his time as a professional footballer, Peter has played against several top Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, and has also enjoyed memorable FA Cup victories against Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, in the latter, scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory. Peter also played in a memorable victory for Aldershot when, the then League 2 side, defeated West Ham United at Upton Park in the League Cup. Peter has 3 promotions in the professional game on his CV, with Stevenage, Rochdale and Coventry respectively, and also has individual awards to his name including League 1 player of the month and was the first recipient of the EFL Unsung Hero Award for his charity work. Peter has had 3 visits to Wembley Stadium as a professional and was the first Channel Islander to play a competitive fixture at the new stadium when he won the FA Trophy with Stevenage in 2009.
In addition to his playing career, Peter has been a member of the PFA Management Committee since 2015 and was recently a member of the steering committee which has overseen the independent review and subsequent organisational change within the organisation. Peter holds a UEFA B Coaching Licence and is currently working towards his UEFA A Licence and FA Advanced Youth Award and is passionate to put these into practice within St Peter’s Academy to develop and maximise the ability of St Peter’s Academy players and provide them with the best opportunity to achieve the highest standard of football in which their talents can take them.
It is envisaged that Peter will initially work alongside Brian Foulser, the current Chairman of St Peter’s Academy, until the end of the season before assuming full responsibility next season. Foulser who had indicated his wish to step away after 10 years in the role said,
“I am delighted that I will be handing the reins to a complete football person whose immense experience has been gained in the higher echelons of the game.
I have known Peter almost 20 years and the youngsters at St Peter’s and the coaching team are really fortunate to have the perfect person to help them develop their love of football and their abilities, to enable them to optimise their enjoyment of the game”
Peter Fleury, St Peter FC President said,
“This is an exciting new era for St Peter FC. We have a young and talented first team manager in Elliot Powell and we are delighted that Peter Vincenti, in addition to continuing to play for the club, has agreed to take responsibility for the vital development of the Academy.
Everything takes time but I am confident that these two appointments will have a continually increasing impact on the achievement and success of St Peter FC in the years to come”
Peter Vincenti said,
“I am delighted to be involved again with St Peter’s Football Club. It is a club which I have very fond memories of from my previous playing days before leaving for professional football. It is an excellent club which is run extremely well and Brian has done a fantastic job over the years with the Academy.
Because of the work Brian and the coaching team has done, this is not a case of me needing or wanting to make wholesale changes, but more a case of utilising my experience gained over the years and implementing changes which I think might help improve the Academy, but essentially complementing what is already in place.
There will be an opportunity for any youngster, of any ability, who wants to play junior football to be part of an Academy which focuses on participation whilst also maximising the potential of each and every player.“
BGF Jan 24th 2021