First Team was set up by former Manchester City Football Club Head of Education and Performance Management, Pete Lowe.

Through First Team, Pete provides businesses with winning performance strategies developed in the competitive world of premier league football. Bringing a unique blend of expertise and experience, he helps individuals and teams understand what it really takes to succeed – both in sport and in business.

Career achievements

Having started his career as a PE teacher, Pete moved into professional football with roles as Centre of Excellence Director and then Director of Youth Development at Oldham Athletic. In 2000, he joined Manchester City FC, taking on a senior management position at the club’s youth academy.

Here, he quickly became a core member of a staff team that over a critical ten-year period won wide international recognition for its work on improving performance. Putting a shared vision into practice, the team were integral in transforming the academy into a high performance unit achieving unprecedented levels of success.

As Head of Education and Performance Management, Peter made a considerable personal contribution to the academy’s achievements. He was closely involved in implementing a highly effective player development process, creating a pipeline of talent that played an important role in first team squad development. He also developed a coach education programme that brought coach training into the modern era.

Between 2000 and 2010, the academy:

  • Produced more professional players than any other Premier League club academy

So far, 39 have graduated to first team football, most in the premier league. 23 have become full international players.

  • Won an unparalleled series of national and international competitions

Team victories included 13 European tournaments, the under-15 Championship World Cup, six Divisional Premier League Championships and the FA Youth Cup.

  • Delivered significant profits for the club

A sharp business focus on player asset management delivered a return of £60 million on an investment of £12 million.

Helping businesses gain an edge

The competitive world of professional sport provides significant parallels with that of the business world. Pete uses his proven performance management frameworks as a blueprint for developing successful teams and leaders, and tells stories of sporting challenges and successes to inspire and motivate.

His approach is a direct, honest and open. Quick to spot what’s standing in the way of progress, he questions and challenges individuals and teams so that issues are brought out, discussed and resolved. Insider anecdotes from his premier league days help illustrate his points and make them stick.

Working with people at all levels, Peter helps organisations unlock individual and team potential, put clear road maps in place, and develop winning environments that give them a business edge.

For further information or to discuss your challenges with a member of the team please contact us  now.

 Call us on 01625 434803