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Steven Jones, Head of S & C, Bolton Wanderers FC

Steven Jones is a UKSCA accredited and currently employed at Bolton Wanderers academy, but previous clubs have included Al Ain (UAE) and FC Zenit St Petersburg (Russia).  Over 12 years experience working with youth players and now pursuing an PhD focusing on injury risk within academy football.

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Jamie Harley, Head of Sports Science, Newcastle United FC

Jamie has worked in professional football for the past 10 years, originally with Middlesbrough FC and moving onto Newcastle United FC in 2010, where he is currently Head of Sports Science.  He completed his MSc in Exercise Physiology whilst conducting research with the Leeds Rhinos during their title-winning 2007 season, before going on to work as a Research Assistant at Teesside University, with a particular focus on the use of tracking devices in football. He holds High Performance Sport Accreditation for Football Science with BASES, and is considered one of the leading practitioners in his field.

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Andy Renshaw, Consultant MSK Physiotherapist

Andy has worked in full-time Premier League football for over 15 years and was most recently the Head of Physiotherapy for Liverpool FC. Prior to this he worked as the club’s Head of Academy Physiotherapy and was previously with Bolton Wanderers as their Head of Academy Physiotherapy and then the First Team Physiotherapist. Andy holds bachelors degrees in Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, and an MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He has a special interest in the field of Injury Auditing and published the world’s first Injury Audit in elite youth football during his time at Liverpool FC Academy.

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Nick Littlehales, Elite Sport Sleep Coach

A former PGA Professional Golfer, International Sales & Marketing Director of a major sleep product manufacturer and Chairman of the UK Sleep Council. Nick has been at the forefront of projecting sleep recovery into the world of Elite Sport. Instigating conversation amongst leading sport and business professionals since 1998, he is an advocate of using recovery to advance performance. A passionate speaker, his internationally acclaimed seminars and appearances, redefine peoples attitudes towards sleep constantly, making him regarded as the world’s leading Elite Sport Sleep Coach.

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Martin Price, Partner, Knights 1759

An employment lawyer focused on the sports sector.

Martin advises employers, senior executives and sports personalities on all aspects of employment law. He specialises in the sports industry advising clubs, players, managers, coaches, administrators and medical professionals on a range of issues relating to the hiring and firing of sports professionals.

He has acted for The Football League, The League Managers Association, The Football Medical Association, Nottingham Forest Football Club and Salford City Reds Rugby League.

Martin assists his clients with contractual negotiations, disciplinary proceedings, handling employment disputes and settlement agreements for departing players and executives.

Martin’s many notable successes include:

  • acting for Henning Berg in his high-profile claim against Blackburn Rovers which netted him (no pun intended!) a payout of £2.25 million for 29 days’ work as the club’s manager;
  • representing those caught up in The Telegraph’s 2016 transfer bungs sting: and
  • securing the highest ever recorded payout (at the time) for the departing chief executive of a local authority.
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Andrea James, Partner, Knights 1759

Andrea James is an English and Irish qualified solicitor and an expert in professional discipline and healthcare regulatory law. The main focus of Andrea’s work is defending professionals at fitness to practise proceedings before their regulatory bodies, particularly doctors before the General Medical Council. Over the years, she has represented doctors facing every kind of allegation, ranging from deficient performance to sexual misconduct. Andrea also spent three years of her career as in-house solicitor to the General Medical Council itself, giving her a unique insight into the workings of this high-profile organisation.

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Aidan O’Connell, Munster Rugby, Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach

Aidan O’Connell is from Cork in Ireland and holds a Degree in Sport Science from the University of Limerick and a Masters Degree in Coaching Studies from the University of Edinburgh.

Aidan has been coaching, leading, and innovating in professional Rugby both provincially and nationally for the last two decades.

In his 14 years at Munster Rugby he has managing all aspects of physical performance from academy level to the professional game level. He is currently Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach and Lead Strength Coach at the Province.

Whilst at Munster he has also been Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach to the Irish National Rugby team for the 6 nation series in 2003, 2004 and 2012. Aidan has also been Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Irish A team in 2006 and 2013.

Previously he was Head of Fitness at Leinster Rugby 2001-2003.

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Darren Burgess, Director of High Performance, Arsenal FC

Darren is currently the Director of High Performance at Arsenal Football Club. Prior to this appointment Darren was High Performance Manager at Port Adelaide Football (AFL) Club for just short of 5 years, and Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club for 2.5 years

From 2008 till 2010 Darren was employed as Head of Sports Science for Football Federation Australia as well as the Australian Soccer Team’s Fitness Coach. This included the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Darren has previously worked as Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide Football Club (2004-2007) and Assistant Fitness Coach with Sydney Swans in the AFL (1997-2000), as well as Head Fitness Coach with the Parramatta Power in the Australian National Soccer League (2002-2004).

Darren worked as a lecturer in Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University in Sydney between 1997 and 2005 and completed his PhD in movement analysis of AFL and Soccer in 2012. Darren has had multiple papers published in peer review journals and has spoken at many international conferences.

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Dave Rennie, Head Physiotherapist, Leicester City FC

Dave Rennie has over 18 years’ experience working within professional football. After initially obtaining a degree in Sports Science for the University of Surrey, Dave retrained in Physiotherapy and graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1994. Prior to life at Leicester City Dave worked within the NHS at both the Leicester Royal Infirmary and the Derby Gait Analysis Laboratory. During his time at both institutions he was able to explore his interest in sports medicine working within the Leicester Tigers Rugby, and the English Schools Badminton Association. He joined Leicester City FC in 1999 becoming their head physiotherapist, responsible for all medical service at the club.

He is currently involved in a number of research areas and is currently studying a PhD ‘Investigating the effect that pitch hardness may have upon players, injury and performance’. Dave has presented his research at National and International meetings with a number of articles being published.

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Dave Orton, Head Physiotherapist, Leicester Tigers Rugby Club

Dave is an extremely hard-working Head Physiotherapist with a proven track record in rehabilitation of varied elite sporting injuries.  He has a very enthusiastic outlook to the profession and works well within a team in a number of environments to ensure the highest standard of care and attention possible.  Dave is very keen to progress the profession and seeks a challenging environment in order to fully utilise all skills gained throughout the years.

Dave moved from Cornwall to study BSc Physiotherapy at University of Hertfordshire and has since completed his MSc in Sport & Exercise specialising in Sports Injuries through Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dave started work within the NHS, progressed into football with Watford FC academy and 1st Team, consulted with Red Bull Racing F1 before moving North to Leicester Tigers.  He is now in his 8th season at Tigers, in a Head Physiotherapist position, Dave continues to be innovative in his treatment and rehabilitation approach alongside managing pitch side emergency care and injuries on match days.

Away from work Dave enjoys time with the family, sport and relaxing but trying not to watch rugby!

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Dr Matt Brown, Doctor, Manchester City Academy and Manchester City Women’s FC

Dr Matt Brown qualified in 2007 and worked in Emergency Medicine for 10 years, while working part-time for Manchester City. During this time, he became experienced in expedition medicine and pre-hospital care including trips to Brazil, Peru and the Sahara Desert. Now full-time at Manchester City, Dr Brown is committed to a career in football medicine and is responsible for the care of over 400 athletes at Manchester City academy and Manchester City Women’s FC. He also provides medical care pitch side for the first team players and assists the first team doctor.

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Johnny Wilson, former Notts County Head of Medicine

Johnny was born and raised in Ireland and moved to the UK some 17 years ago. He has completed undergraduate degrees in Sports Science and Physiotherapy as well as a PGCE in Primary Education and a Masters in Sports & Exercise Medicine. Johnny has also completed a Post-grad in Manual Therapy with MACP accreditation.

Passionate about helping athletes achieve their goals, the move into professional football was a natural fit. Formerly Head of Sports Medicine for Notts County FC for the past 8 years, Johnny is currently Head of Medical Services at Chesterfield FC. He is a creative “doer” by nature and is most happy when using innovation and fun to design and implement performance enhancement conditioning sessions.

As well as all of this he is currently an associate Lecturer for the University of Nottingham on their Masters course in Sport and Exercise Medicine and is currently chief editor for an international Sports Medicine book with Elsevier due for publication later this year.  Johnny regularly speaks at International conference and was very grateful for the amazing opportunity to present at Barcelona FC in the Camp Nou on “Engaging the athlete in Functional Rehabilitation”

In his free time, Johnny loves spending quality time with his 5-year-old son Aodhan, surfing, carving out long turns in fresh powder, travelling and is beginning his journey training for ultra-distance running events around the world. Coffee lover and loves a tweet!!!!

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