FMPA Conference News

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The FMPA are delighted to have the support of Kick It Out for the FMPA Conference & Awards 2019. For the last 25 years Kick It Out has been at the heart of the drive towards equality, inclusion and cohesion for everyone who plays, watches or participates in football.

Having started as ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ in 1993, it has evolved into an organisation which – working alongside its partners The FA, the Premier League, the English Football League, The Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers Association and the Football Supporters’ Federation, among others – fights all forms of discrimination in the game we love.

Since its inception, Kick It Out has provided a clear, independent voice within the game to challenge discrimination and exclusion, as well as education for professional players, clubs and staff, fans, grassroots organisations and beyond.

The organisation also provides mentoring and guidance to help underrepresented groups participate in football and secure opportunities to develop a career in the game.

Kick It Out has established an equality framework for professional clubs, supporting the development of equality practices and policies, and enabled more effective reporting and investigating of complaints of discriminatory abuse through its pioneering reporting app.

However, despite 25 years of progress, hatred, prejudice, abuse and discrimination are still evident in our society and in football.

In the 2018/19 season and beyond we want everyone involved in football to continue to campaign for equality and challenge discrimination, while playing a part in shaping a fair and inclusive future for everyone who loves the game.

Let’s kick racism and discrimination out of football – together


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EDGE10 is the market leading award winning software solution that helps teams centralise, analyse and visualise all their athlete data across all departments regardless of source. This includes sport science, strength & conditioning, match statistics, coaching, medical, financial etc.

There are now 250+ teams using EDGE10 including the Houston Texans, Arsenal FC, Boston Celtics, Newcastle United, AFC Bournemouth, USA Track & Field, New York Knicks and the University of Nebraska.


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Nigel Cox is currently Mens Development Physiotherapist for the FA and is former head of medical services at Derby County FC and Queens Park Rangers FC and has over 20 years experience in Professional football.


Dr Amit Pannu is currently Derby County FC Club Doctor and is a Member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine. He is also Former Head of Sports Medicine at Blackburn Rovers and Chief Medical Officer for England and Huddersfield Giants in Rugby League.


Kevin Paxton is the Head of Academy Sports Science at Leicester City FC.  He is also a serving member on the board of the UKSCA and is an Associate Lecturer at Derby University.

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Fantastic networking opportunity for medical & performance practitioners in professional sport

Nothing epitomises the growth of the FMPA better than our annual conference. Indeed, it is a visual benchmark of where we are and how we are developing as an association.

So, it is no coincidence that this year is set to be the best yet and across all fronts.

As an educational platform we once again look to our colleagues working in the sporting  arena to relate their own experiences within the scope of the Conference title, which this year is, ‘21st Century Player Preparation – How far have we come? ’. The title deliberately allows scope for a wide variety of discussion points and ideas and what can be better than learning and identifying with fellow practitioners.

As a networking experience the event is second to none…

‘The conference was fantastic for our department last summer, we spent the Saturday night on a table with Middlesbrough’s staff discussing all things medical and sports science. Where else could you bring together two groups that in the previous season had been working in the top tier and the fifth tier? The networking element, that we took from the event was brilliant; several offers from superior club’s staff to visit their training grounds and get an insight into their work was remarkable. I personally have contacted a number of the people I met that weekend in order to seek advice or guidance on certain things this season’….Mike  Hine, Lincoln City FC

As an awards event we continue to recognise the tireless endeavours of our members with nominations from medicine and performance practitioners within the professional game.  Details to be announced.

With an exceptional event management team now in place, state of the art AV system and a well known host conducting the awards, the entire event now demonstrates exactly where we are!

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The FMPA has a multitude of sponsorship opportunities including joining our trade exhibition, sponsoring the Medicine & Performance in Professional Football Awards, conference sponsorship, programme sponsorship and delegate pack inserts.

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FMPA Conference & Awards 2017 in pictures

Pictures courtesy of Jess Holt (contact to request any of the images)