Applied Sport Science in Football

Confirmed speakers

Programme of the day below

We are honoured to announce our keynote speakers of the conference.

Ian BeasleyDr Ian Beasley (The F.A.)
Title: Injury Prevention in Football

Ian is Head of Medical services at the Football Association, and Team Doctor to the England Senior Men’s Team. He has held this role since 2009. He travelled with the team to the World Cup in 2010, and the EURO 2012 tournament. He has worked for clubs in all four professional divisions in English football; Leyton Orient, Chelsea, Watford, Fulham, and Arsenal. He was Governing Body Medical Officer for England Hockey, and accompanied teams to two Olympic Games, one Commonwealth Games, and two World Cups. He is also Medical Advisor to the Royal Ballet Company, London. He was awarded Smith & Nephew sports medicine scholarship in 1986.

Dr Eleanor QuestedEleanor Quested  (University of Birmingham)
Title: The role of the coach in creating optimal environments for players’ health, well-being and engagement

Dr Eleanor Quested is a research fellow in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.



Dr François-Xavier LiFrançois-Xavier Li  (University of Birmingham)
Title: Performance assessment with GPS data analysis

François-Xavier studied Sport Sciences, Psychology and Computer Sciences in Marseille, France, where he completed his PhD and HDR in sport sciences, before taking a post doc position in UK and then moving to Birmingham. He also competed in a variety of sports, including sailing at international level. 


Scott RobinsonScott Robinson (University of Birmingham)
Title: Sport nutrition in Football

Scott is a Doctoral Researcher in Exercise Metabolism at the University of Birmingham. He was awarded a B.Sc and M.Sc in Sports Science (Physiology) with the highest honours and obtains a range of experience in the Sports Science and Performance Nutrition setting, which includes work for FIFA, Everton Football Club, Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Widnes Vikings RFU, and Munster Rugby. Scott is currently a member of the Elite Exercise Physiology and Performance Nutrition Team, where he works alongside experts in the field to deliver educational training to students and performance nutrition packages to a range of elite athletes.

Matt TabernerMatt Taberner (Aston Villa F.C.)
Title: Strength and Conditioning in Professional Football

After completing a BSc Honours (1st Class) in Sports Exercise Science at the University of Northampton and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University, Matt started working for Aston Villa Football Club in 2007 on part time basis providing sports science and strength conditioning support to the clubs’ younger academy players (Under 9-16’s).

In the summer of 2009 Matt was appointed academy sports scientist, working alongside clubs’ U18 development squad. During this period Matt was awarded the F.A. Fitness Trainers Award by the Football Association and was certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as strength and conditioning specialist. After 2 years in this role, Matt was promoted to Lead Sports Scientist and now is responsible for overseeing sports science delivery to the academy and supporting the U21 development squad.

David FlowerDavid Flower (Head of Sports Science, Everton Ladies FC)
Title: Experience of Sports Science Support in Women’s Football

David is currently Head of Sports Science at Everton Ladies Football Club. Having completed a BSc. Hons in Science and Football and a MSc. in Sports Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University, David has previously worked with Tranmere Rovers FC Academy, Everton FC and West Bromwich Albion FC.

David currently works full-time with Everton Ladies FC Senior Squad competing in the Women’s Super League, providing physiological Sports Science support as well as strength and conditioning training. David also oversees and delivers the Sports Science program for the clubs Centre of Excellence.



Programme of events
 9.45 Registration and coffee (Atrium)
 10.00 Welcome and introduction by the Chair
 10.10 Welcome and introduction by F-X. Li
 10.30 E. Quested, Performance Psychology – PAPA Project (University of Birmingham) 
 11.00 M. Taberner, Strength and conditioning in a professional football club (Aston Villa F.C.)
 11.30 Coffee
 12.00 F-X. Li, Performance assessment with GPS data analysis (University of Birmingham)
 12.30 I. Beasley, Injury prevention in football (The FA)
 13.00 Lab tour
 13.15 Lunch/poster session
 14.15 D. Flower, Experience of Sports Science Support in Women’s Football (Everton Ladies FC) 
 14.45 S. Robinson, Sport nutrition in football (University of Birmingham)
 15.15 Tea
 15.45 Open discussion
 16.45 Reception
 17.30 Close