Sports Science expert, Chris Barnes who formally worked with Manchester City, Arsenal, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Leeds United and Everton has joined Nigerian club Vandrezzer FC.
Barnes is a renowned sports scientist who specialises in players performance enhancement and is tasked with systemically developing homegrown players at the club.
Chris Barnes started what was the first multidisciplinary sports science department for an English Premier League club at Middlesbrough FC in 1997, helping the club gained promotion to the Premier League and reached the League Cup final despite losing stars such as Juninho and Fabrizio Ravanelli at the start of the campaign.
Nigeria’s most followed football club announced on Saturday, November 21, that the experienced scientist has joined the club.
“Vandrezzer FC is pleased to announce the employment of a Sports Science Director. He is Chris Barnes.
“Barnes is a renowned, England-based expert with over 20 years experience in Sports Science. He holds two Master Degrees in Exercise and Sport Science as well as Business Management.
“He’s also an International Sports Science consultant who has worked with CAF and UEFA, as well as clubs like Queens Park Rangers, West Bromwich Albion, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United, Great Britain Basketball Association, The English Rugby Football League among others.
RENOWNED SPORTS SCIENCE EXPERT FROM UK JOINS VFC— Vandrezzer Football Club (@vandrezzerfc_) November 21, 2020
Vandrezzer FC is pleased to announce the employment of a Sport Science Director. He is Chris Barnes.
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“The renowned sports science expert will work with the VFC academy to actualise the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) strategy which focuses on developing better homegrown players. These players will be groomed in our academy which through systemic development, we expect to assume a Category 1 status in the nearest future.
“He will also be in charge of implementing an effective sports science framework for first-team players and staff, interpretation and analysis of individual and team data, maximisation of athletic potential of players on and off the pitch of play as per physical fitness, injury crisis management, nutrition, sleep, recovery, mental health among other roles.
“He will also coordinate the mentorship of Elite Performance staff at Vandrezzer FC, a role he previously handled at Manchester City, Arsenal, Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Leeds United, Everton,” the statement reads.
In April 2020, Vandrezzer FC had taken delivery of four units of world-class Artificial Intelligence-powered VEO cameras, which will assist in gathering scientific data for post-match/training analysis and improvement in players’ performance. Also acquired are football GPS performance tracker vests which uses the latest GPS and sensor technology to accurately track players’ fitness and other multi-million-naira worth of training equipment.
What is Sports Science?
Sports science, is a combination of several different disciplines that focuses primarily on the scientific principles behind exercise performance. It studies the relevant branches of science, including physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition focusing on how these various elements work together to improve physical performance.
The main focus of sports science is to understand the relationship between exercise and the human body, from a cellular level all the way through to the impact on the body as a whole.
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