Paul also grew up in Blackpool and from an early age displayed a strong appetite for the sport, starting at the age of 5 with a local youth soccer club. By age 11, Paul was invited to train with the youth system of local professional soccer team Blackpool Football Club. At the age of 14, Paul was selected to play for the Lancashire Schoolboys, and while captaining the team he attracted interest from a number of English Premier League clubs, most notably Wimbledon FC and Leeds United AFC.
After receiving an offer from Wimbledon Football Club, Paul opted to sign his first contract at only 16 years of age with Blackpool FC and trained with the club every day for the next two years. During this time Paul made a number of reserve team appearances and was also selected in the first team squad several times.
After spending seven years at the club, Paul continued his career playing semi-professionally for various clubs in North West England. During this time Paul also undertook his Football Association (FA) coaching qualifications and travelled regularly to the U.S to help develop a curriculum with his colleague Richard Shaw. In 2006, Paul graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in sports studies and coaching, and later graduated with a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Central Lancashire.
Over the past decade, Paul has worked in sports development and has continued to help progress coaching methods and curriculums for various organizations both in the U.S. and U.K. In order to gain further understanding of applied physiological and psychological aspects of sports performance, he embarked on a sport science degree with Manchester Metropolitan University in 2010, sponsored by the Professional Footballer’s Association. Paul currently resides in the North of England and is now a running enthusiast taking part in marathons in numerous countries.