That is not to belittle the achievements and maturity that Paul has shown during his time at Hartpury.
Indeed, it is not just the players who develop in such a positive environment. Paul’s fruitful foray into coaching has seen him take charge of Great Britain’s Women’s Futsal team and England Colleges Head Coach, with whom he won the National Play-Offs and Premier League.
He puts this down not only to his own perseverance and hard work, but the surroundings that enabled him to get the most out of himself.
“Key to my development was having a supporting environment where I was able to gain qualifications, varied experiences, be given responsibility to develop and feel safe to make my own decisions,” Tassell says.
“To be surrounded by a wealth of knowledge and support was key as naturally early on you want to get input from others to see if you are making good decisions and how people do things differently.”
Now, Paul is using his own experiences, good and bad, to influence others around him.
He recalls being rejected by a letter in the post from a club when he was younger and encourages any young player that has suffered the disappointment at being discarded by their team to evaluate the abundance of options available to them.
“Rejection is part and parcel of sport, especially football,” says the 34-year-old.
“I felt angry the way clubs discarded me. There was no empathy.
“This has certainly had an impact on how I aim to treat the individuals I work with. Rejection is part of sport but how you manage it can make a huge difference.
“These are people and not numbers.
“Many focus on what people can’t do whereas focusing on what they can do and excelling in these areas can be the difference.”
Higher and further education has also made a big difference for Paul and countless players that have passed under his tutelage.
He encourages all young sportspeople to “look long term” and “embrace” the opportunity to continue their education, even if it maybe wasn’t quite the professional career that they hoped for.
It turned out alright for Paul!
“At times of doubt, really think about how this can be setting you up for success in the rest of your life,” Paul finishes.
“When you stop looking to learn, you stop developing and stand still.
“Challenge yourself to gain as much experience as you can. You can’t really know yourself if you hinder your own development from just doing the minimum.
“Success in underpinned by hard work. There are no short cuts.”