WFA UK host ‘Periodisation Expert Meeting’

Periodisation Expert Meeting 2013 delegatesAlmost all 50 participants of the 2012 edition in Amsterdam had registered for the WFA Expert Meeting 2013 in London. Football coaches, technical directors and physiotherapists from over 40 countries participated in this five-day event at the Surrey Sports Park (University of Surrey).

Each of the five days was devoted to a specific area of expertise: “periodisation football”, “football psychology”, “tactical and technical periodisation”, “football strength training” and “football rehab.” Raymond Verheijen and 15 experts shared their knowledge, including Javi Mallo (Manchester City), Ross Tucker (University of Cape Town), Mike Forde (Chelsea FC), José Tavares (FC Porto) and Andy Barr (NY Nicks). On Friday evening, the whole group enjoyed a network event on the Thames river.

What delegates say about this event:

“This year’s meeting was a big step forwards from our first meeting, expanding the logical, objective philosophical approach to football beyond the realm of conditioning. The addition of real world ‘case studies’ from clubs such as Porto and Feyenoord added a new dimension to the delegates’ education. Our work in Australia has many parallels with the vision of Raymond Verheijen and many of the ideas presented at this meeting are already being applied in our National Technical Direction. I believe we are seeing the evolution of the future of coaching and coach education. Congratulations to the World Football Academy for delivering such a high-class and challenging event.”
Kelly Cross – Assistant National Technical Director of the FFA- Australia

“Another fantastic learning experience which I will implement at my club. Many great speakers with great knowledge in their field of expertise. It was very good to see the old and new delegates from all over the world again. The best comment I heard in London was “I learned more here than on any other UEFA-licence course”. They all want only one thing and that is improving football by thinking football.”
Petter Loffeld – Fitness Coach at  Nesodden IF – Norway

Ryan McKnight announced as new CEO of WFA:UK

Ryan McKnight, the former Editor-in-Chief of highly respected football business group, fcbusiness, has become the new Chief Executive of the WFA:UK.

Ryan has run fcbusiness for the past six years and is widely regarded as one of the most knowledgable and well networked individuals in UK Football. Commenting on the appointment Ryan said:

“The World Football Academy and I share the same vision, the same philosophy. We want to improve the game in a football specific and universally accepted way. I’m positive that my football business experience and expertise will compliment the vast amounts of best football performance knowledge the oganisation boasts.”

Ryan is now  the main point of contact for all WFA:UK dialogue and his contact details are below:

t: +447743061264


National Symposium Date Announced!

The World Football Academy UK are proud to announce that our first National Symposium will be taking place at the Emirates Stadium on the 19th of December, 2012.

Titled ‘UK Football . . . . Back to the Future’ the event’s theme will be one of defining the current position of UK performance coaching in a universal, objective and football specific manner.

Raymond Verheijen will be presenting his philosophy along with other experts, players and managers.

It will be a day of debate, learning, philosophical thinking and insight from those achieving best-practice at the very top of the game. For those committed to achievement in performance coaching, attendance is an absolute necessity.

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