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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.

Mitch Willis
Strength & Power Coach

Mitchell is responsible for the implementation of the Strength and Conditioning program with all professional players at the football club.

His main objective is to optimise the performance enhancement of the first team and U21 squads, developing strength, speed and power qualities of each individual player.

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

Particular importance is to ensure the transference of gym based improvements into performance gains in the match situation.

Additionally, he focuses on injury prevention and reducing the frequency of soft tissue injuries.

A former Leicester Tigers Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mitch graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2009 with a degree in sports science.

Tom Joel
Sports Science Intern

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.

Alex Martin
Consultant - Strength & Power Mentor

Alex oversees the development of strength, speed and power of the first team squad. 

Through best practice, his objectives are to optimise the performance enhancement of each individual player. 

Alex is also currently Head of Strength and Conditioning at Leicester Tigers and has previously spent time working for London Wasps, as well as an intern during the England Rugby Union team’s 2013 World Cup preparation camp. 

He graduated from The University of Essex, with a Sport and Exercise Science degree.

Dan Kings
Consultant - Performance Nutritionist

Dan is a certified clinical and performance nutritionist and has been with the team from 2011 overseeing nutrition services to the first team and development squad. 

He has a degree in Food Science, an MSc in Dietetics with State Registration and completed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) post grad diploma in sports nutrition in 2010. 

As a Senior Performance Nutritionist at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) based at Bisham Abby he currently manages services for GB Hockey, GB Skeleton and Harlequins Rugby Union. Outside of the EIS Dan has a busy consultancy portfolio that is supported via his unique online system

Prior to working at the Institute he was the full time performance nutritionist with the Welsh Senior men’s rugby team from 2002-2008 and his expertise is in the provision of nutrition support to team sports.

Ken Way
Consultant - 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).

Kevin Symon
1st Team Sports Science Intern

A Sport and Exercise science graduate from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Kevin is responsible for processing the GPS and heart rate data which is recorded during the first team training sessions.

He also plays a key role in the preparation of nutritional supplements and assists in the delivery of recovery strategies.

He is combining the role of the internship whilst completing an MRes with The Robert Gordon University investigating the lifespan of warm-ups and effects on subsequent performance.

Kevin has previously interned in America at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has also undertaken testing at Aberdeen FC, opportunities which helped him gain vital experience in the field of Strength and Conditioning.

Andy Blake
Senior First Team Performance Analyst

As the Senior Analyst at the club, Andy is responsible for providing feedback in both visual and statistical formats on match performance to the football manager, coaching staff and players. 

The role incorporates the production of pre-match presentations of upcoming opponents as well as compiling de-brief presentations of LCFC individual and team performances with footage of key incidents over the course of the season. 

Andy is a graduate in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Bath and also holds an FA Fitness Trainers Award. He has previously worked with Reading Football Club and Hawk-Eye Innovations in tennis, cricket, and snooker.

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 both highlights and profiles prospective transfer targets based domestically and abroad. 

This information is then fed back to the clubs Head of Recruitment/Assistant Manager Steve Walsh and Senior Scouting Co-ordinator David Mills. He is also responsible for observing the opposition prior to their game with LCFC and compiling a summary report for the management team. 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 1st team Performance Analyst before becoming Head of Technical Scouting in December 2011. 

Rob has a 1st class Hons degree in Sports Science (Psychology) and an MSc in the Psychology of Sport from LJM University.  He is currently studying for a PhD at Loughborough University under the stewardship of Dr. Chris Cushion.

Ben Wrigglesworth
Technical Scouting Intern

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 is also responsible for conducting research into recent transfer trends within domestic competition.  His other primary role is to code all of the ball contacts made by LCFC players in competitive match-play. 

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

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