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Sports Science Staff

Paul Balsom
Head of Sports Science and Performance Analysis

Paul is responsible for the development and enhancement of the sports science and performance analysis support offered to the first team professional players and coaching staff at the club.

Using an integrated proactive approach to the scientific management of player development, the aim is to improve individual and team performance. Paul graduated with a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, in 1995.

He also currently works for the Swedish National Team where he is responsible for sports science and performance analysis support.

Paul first teamed up with Nigel Pearson in 2008 at Southampton and like Nigel is enjoying his 2nd spell with the Foxes having re-joined the club in December 2011.

Matt Reeves
First Team Sports Scientist

Matt is responsible for the implementation of effective sports science services at the football club.

His main objectives surround reducing injury occurrence, whilst improving physical preparation, athletic development and overall performance.

Every training session, the first team squad are monitored using the Catapult GPS and Polar Team 2 Heart rate systems.

Working closely with the coaching staff on a daily basis, Matt is in charge of setting specific training targets in order to prepare players for demands of the game.

Additionally, long term strategies are put in place to maintain fitness whilst ensuring adequate recovery during a hectic fixture schedule.

His belief is that transparency of such information is key in helping to create a hardworking culture whereby the players set high standards for both themselves and their teammates.

With this said, he creates innovative methods of feedback that aim to capture attention, communicate on an appropriate level and in turn promote discussion.

As a Sport and Exercise Science graduate from Loughborough University, Matt started his career as an intern in League One, and became a fulltime member of Nigel’s support team upon the club gaining promotion to the Championship.

The start of the 2010/11 season then signaled the start of a 17 month spell at Hull City before returning to Leicester in December 2011.

Tom Joel
First Team Sports Scientist

As the Under 21 Sport Scientist at the club, Tom’s main objectives are to enhance individual and team physical performance of the development squad.

Players are monitored on a daily basis with Tom providing detailed training and matchday feedback to staff and players. As part of the academy, the U21’s are governed by EPPP guidelines and the players are regularly put through a battery of physiological tests.

One challenging aspect of Tom’s role comes in bridging the gap between the academy and 1st team to ensure that U21 players are able to step into the 1st team set up.

His skill set has been broadened whilst assisting physiological development sessions with younger age groups. A recent graduate of Loughborough University, Tom completed a year’s internship with the club in the 2011-2012 season, whilst continuing to provide support as he completed his studies in the 2012-2013 season.

Mitch Willis
Strength & Power Coach

Mitchell is responsible for the implementation of the Strength and Conditioning Programme with all professional players at the Football Club.

His main objective is to optimise the performance enhancement of the first-team and Under-21s Squad, developing strength, speed and power qualities of each individual player.

His other primary role is to focus on injury prevention and reducing the frequency of soft tissue injuries. The nature of the Strength and Conditioning Programme places particular emphasis on the transfer of gym based improvements into training and match situation performance tasks.

Of particular interest to Mitch are correlations between the development of lower limb strength and player speed/power

 Additionally, he works closely alongside the physiotherapists in the rehab and return to play process of injured players. A former Leicester Tigers Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mitch graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2009 with a degree in Sports Science.

Andy Blake
Senior First Team Performance Analyst

Andy is responsible for utilising various modes of technology to provide information to the manager, coaching staff, and players.

Primarily focusing on upcoming opponents, Andy produces detailed reports for the coaching staff, and also pre-match presentations to be delivered to the players, along with other information to assist with match preparation.

On match days, Andy is involved in the live analysis, communicating with the manager and coaching staff to review key events, and preparing footage to be relayed at half-time and full-time.

This work then feeds in to the post-match analysis processes. A Sport and Exercise Science graduate from the University of Bath, Andy has been at the Club since the start of the 2008 season, having previously worked for Hawk-Eye Innovations, and undertaken a work placement at Reading Football Club.

Peter Clark
First Team Performance Analyst

Working with Senior Analyst Andy Blake, Pete provides post-match video and statistical feedback to both staff and players, and films all home and away games for analysis purposes.

Database management and the in-depth analysis of footage and statistics are also encompassed within the role.

Pete joined the analysis team at Leicester City in 2011 after his role as the performance analyst for his university team, Cardiff Met FC, where he graduated with a degree in Sport Coaching before completing an MSc in Performance Analysis.

Rob MacKenzie
Head Of Technical Scouting

Rob is responsible for complimenting traditional scouting methods with analytical insights. He highlights and profiles prospective transfer targets based domestically and abroad as well as assessing them subjectively in live matches.

This information is then fed back to the Club’s Head of Recruitment/Assistant Manager Steve Walsh and Senior Scouting Co-ordinator David Mills.

Rob started at Leicester City as part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Club and Loughborough University in 2009.

His first role at the Club was as first team Performance Analyst before becoming Head of Technical Scouting in December 2011.

Rob has a first class Hons degree in Sports Science (Psychology) and an MSc in the Psychology of Sport from Liverpool John Moores University. He recently submitted his PhD at Loughborough University under the stewardship of Dr. Chris Cushion.

Ben Wrigglesworth
Technical Scout

Ben's primary role at Leicester City is to assist the Club's Head of Technical Scouting in providing analytical insights into the performances of prospective transfer targets.

He will look to either clip or go out and watch these targets live. He is also responsible for conducting research into recent transfer trends and is accountable for databasing the targets' videos, statsistics and profiles.

Along with watching targets live, he will also support the pre-match reports and observe opposition teams.

Ben started at the Club in pre-season of the 2012/2013 season having previously undertaken work experience placements at both ProZone Sports (Nov 2010 - June 2011) and Notts County FC (January 2012-May 2012).

Ben has a BSc honours degree in Sports Coaching from Leeds Metropolitan University where he graduated in the summer of 2012.

Bryn Davies
Technical Scout Intern

Bryn works closely with both Rob MacKenzie and Ben Wrigglesworth in the technical scouting department at Leicester City.

He assists in the highlighting and profiling of prospective transfer targets to the Club.

Bryn has been with the Club since the start of the 2014/15 season, having previously worked within the performance analysis departments at both Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.

His main roles at the Club include assessing player performances and statistical profiling of targets. Bryn graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2011, with a BA Hons degree in Economics.

John Boston
Performance Analysis Intern

Joining at the start of 2014/15 season, John’s role is comprised of a variety of tasks which aid the delivery of performance analysis at Leicester City Football Club.

John is responsible for the distribution of video footage from every first-team training session, reviewing with the coaching staff and players when required.

John also assists Andy Blake and Pete Clarke in the pre-match and post-match analysis, producing opposition player profiles for up-and-coming opposition as well the coding and analysis from our own games.

The analysis of both video and trends of Premier League goals and set-plays is something John has also developed since joining.

After studying at Loughborough University, he obtained a BSc Undergraduate Honours Degree in Sports Science, and also holds an FA Level 1 coaching qualification.

Now at Leicester City, John will be able to draw from his experiences at both Coventry City Ladies and Barnsley’s academy while on duty for the Foxes.

Kevin Symon
Sports Science Intern

Adam Sadler
Tactical Analyst

Christopher Rosimus
Performance Nutritionist

Chris is responsible for the planning and delivery of diet and nutrition for Leicester City’s first-team players.

Currently also working the English Institute of Sport as a Performance Nutritionist, a National Lead Performance Nutritionist with the England Cricket Team and England Squash Team and a Lecturer in Sports Nutrition at Manchester Metropolitan University, Chris has a wealth of experience behind him in his field.

He has worked at both Nottingham Forest as a first-team Performance Nutritionist and Manchester United Soccer Schools as a Nutritionist and Football Coach.

Studying as an Undergraduate at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Postgraduate at Sheffield Hallam University, Chris is qualified with an MSC in Sports and Exercise Nutrition, BSC in Human Nutrition, IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition, FA Level 2 Football Coach and is a registered Sports and Exercise Nutritionist (rSEN).

Ken Way
Performance Psychologist

Ken focuses on the ‘mental game’ for all first team and U21 players - working on aspects like confidence, focus, belief, concentration, mental toughness and resilience.

He has also worked with Nigel Pearson at Southampton and Hull City. His experience includes working with three international teams as well as UK, Commonwealth and World Champions in different sports.

His main qualifications (gained at three universities) are in psychology and psychotherapy and he was recently invited to lecture to Harvard University head coaches. Ken is also the author of a Sports Psychology book entitled ‘Mental Mastery’ (published in January 2011).