Speakers

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IAN COLL

Current Head of Sports Science - PFCLudogorets & Former Head of Sports Science - Celtic FC
Ian Coll
Ian Coll

Ian Coll is currently Head of Sports Science at PFC Ludogorets Razgrad in Bulgaria, where he has worked for the last year establishing the Sports Science department within the Club. His last role was Head of Sports Science at Celtic Football Club in Scotland where he worked for 8 years from 2008 to 2016. At Celtic Ian progressed from Head of Sports Science at Youth to Head of Sports Science with the First Team, this experience and career progression has gained him great experience within an elite club cross all age groups.

Ian has lectured at the University of the West of Scotland on Sports Science and Physiology in 2017/2018, he has also presented Internationally on Developing the Modern-Day Player, Training Load and Youth Development. Ian is currently researching into GPS training load and its effect on Tactical Periodisation.
Ian Coll

IAN COLL

Current Head of Sports Science - PFCLudogorets & Former Head of Sports Science - Celtic FC
DAVE HANCOCK

Former Head of Performance - New York Knicks & Former Head Physiotherapist - England National Team, Chelsea & Leeds
 
DAVE HANCOCK

Dave Hancock is a performance director, strength coach, and physical therapist who has worked with some of the best coaches and players in the world. These include, Jose Mourinho, Terry Venables, Phil Jackson, Fabio Capello, and Graham Taylor to name but a few.

Dave has been the performance director for the New York Knicks, Head Physio for Chelsea Futbol Club, Leeds United FC, and the England National Team, attending the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championships. He has been part of a winning team at Chelsea, winning the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Carling Cup, and going to the finals in the champions league.

He was the first Englishman to switch codes from Soccer to Basketball, working as the performance director for the New York Knicks. He has 22 years experience of working at the highest level of multiple sports and has worked with some of the best coaches and players within world sport.

He is currently CEO of Apollo, a software sports management company.
Dave Hancock

DAVE HANCOCK

Former Head of Performance - New York Knicks & Former Head Physiotherapist - England National Team, Chelsea & Leeds
CHRIS BARNES

Performance Consultant - Nottingham Forest FC, Brondby IF and Catapult Sports
CHRIS BARNES
CHRIS BARNES

During the past 20 years Chris Barnes has built and managed multidisciplinary support teams at the elite level of several sports (Soccer, Rugby League, Basketball). In 1997 he was the first full-time Sports Scientist in the English Premier League, establishing Middlesbrough FC as a pioneer in what was a new discipline at the time. In subsequent years the model introduced at Middlesbrough was replicated at many other clubs and today Sports Science is at the core of operations across soccer in the UK.

In 2009 Chris formed his own Consultancy, CB Sports Performance Ltd, providing support services to a number of sports and commercial organisations. He has continued to support elite level soccer in the UK (Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion, Queens Park Rangers) and abroad (Brondby IF).

As a Performance Consultant, Chris has worked across a range of sports. He worked with GB Basketball leading into the 2012 Olympic Games, building a team of professionals to deliver an interdisciplinary support programme to all athletes. A key component of this programme was the use of novel technologies and methods to optimize the benefits of time spent in camp. He also led on the development of a sports science support programme for England Rugby League leading into the 2013 World Cup. In addition to supporting professional sports, Chris has advisory roles with Catapult Sports, Nike and Red Bull, as well as working closely with UEFA and CAF to deliver education programmes for performance staff.

Over the past 10 years Chris has been a huge advocate for the use of tracking technologies to map and monitor training load in athletes. His philosophies are built around creating individual training ‘fingerprints’ in team sports athletes, which are used to develop programmes to optimize sporting performance.

Chris is active on an academic level, regularly publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is a regular speaker at National and International Conferences. He is a Visiting Fellow role with Staffordshire University, providing guidance to Junior staff members and post-graduate students. On a professional level, he is an active member of the Executive Committee for the Football Medical Association (FMedA) and the Accreditation Committee for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
Chris Barnes

CHRIS BARNES

Performance Consultant - Nottingham Forest FC, Brondby IF and Catapult Sports

NICK GRANTHAM

Current Physical Performance Coach for the England National Football Teams & Former Head of Sports Science - British Gymnastics & Former S/C Coach for England Netball & Great Britain Basketball
NICK GRANTHAM
NICK GRANTHAM

Nick Grantham is a specialist in athletic preparation and has a wealth of knowledge in the physical preparation and injury rehabilitation of high performance athletes.

Nick’s first job was as head of sport science for British Gymnastics at Lilleshall Sports Injury and Human Performance Centre. In 2001, Nick moved from gymnastics to England Netball, to work in one of the first full-time strength and conditioning roles in high-performance UK sport. Two years later, he became one of the first strength and conditioning coaches to work for the English Institute of Sport, leading its West Midlands team across three sites.

Travelling extensively in support of teams at major championships and on international tours, Nick has gained unrivalled access to leading high-performance facilities around the world, including: New Zealand Rugby, England Rugby, Wales Rugby, Manchester City, the US Olympic Training Centre, UFC Hight Performance Centre and even the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Cirque du Soleil.

Leaving the English Institute of Sport in 2007, Nick established himself as a Performance Enhancement Specialist working with the Chinese National Football team, Championship and Premiership football teams and England Youth Teams, as well as the RFU, Great Britain’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, and action sport athletes.

A sought-after expert on strength and conditioning, Nick has featured in leading publications and is a best selling author. As an international speaker on the physical preparation of elite athletes, Nick has also delivered workshops for the Football Association, British Olympic Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association and Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.
Nick Grantham

NICK GRANTHAM

Current Physical Performance Coach for the England National Football Teams & Former Head of Sports Science - British Gymnastics & Former S/C Coach for England Netball & Great Britain Basketball