Duncan French, VP of Performance for the UFC joins Association of Sporting Directors members to discuss their return to play

Duncan French is the VP of Performance for the UFC and has strategic responsibility for the Performance Institutes in Las Vegas and Shanghai. The UFC have 600 rostered fighters from across the world and the Performance Institutes provide support across all aspects of preparation, competition and recovery.  UFC were the first professional sport to return to competition during the pandemic with three fight events hosted … Continue reading Duncan French, VP of Performance for the UFC joins Association of Sporting Directors members to discuss their return to play

Steve Heaney MC joins members of the Association of Sporting Directors to discuss leadership

Ex Special Forces and leadership coach Steve Heaney MC joins members of the Association of Sporting Directors to talk about his unique military experiences focusing on crisis management and leading elite teams. The following areas were covered within the conversation: Operating in a crisis  Planning and preparing for crisis Leading elite teams  Recruiting and developing the future leader The conversation began with Steve sharing highlights … Continue reading Steve Heaney MC joins members of the Association of Sporting Directors to discuss leadership

Gareth Jennings of FIFA joins the Association of Sporting Directors members for an online seminar

FIFA’s Head of Technical Leadership, Gareth Jennings, joins members of the Association of Sporting Directors to discuss his journey to date, his current role at FIFA and an insight into leadership development in a conversation with Dan Parnell. The following areas were covered within the conversation:  Adjusting to the impact of COVID-19 Developing technical directors at international level The role of the leader as a … Continue reading Gareth Jennings of FIFA joins the Association of Sporting Directors members for an online seminar

Marc Sagal from the Winning Mind joins ASD members in a conversation with Haydn Roberts

Elite performance coach Marc Sagal spoke about how and why Sporting Directors need to grow their own identity in order to achieve success  Marc is Managing Partner for Winning Mind, a consultancy that focusses on performance coaching for elite athletes and leaders, helping them achieve meaningful success under even the most extreme pressures. Winning Mind’s clients range from professional teams (EPL, MLB, NFL and NBA) … Continue reading Marc Sagal from the Winning Mind joins ASD members in a conversation with Haydn Roberts

Sporting Director Damien Comolli joins Association of Sporting Director members to discuss leadership and its importance for leading high performance environments

Sporting Director Damien Comolli joins Association of Sporting Director members to discuss leadership and its importance for leading high performance environments. Damien, who was until recently Sporting Director of Fenerbahçe, has previously worked with the clubs Monaco, Saint-Étienne, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. The conversation with ASD CEO Dan Parnell covered the following topics: Manager / head coach recruitment Leadership across cultures Implementing a high … Continue reading Sporting Director Damien Comolli joins Association of Sporting Director members to discuss leadership and its importance for leading high performance environments

Leeds United F.C. Director of Football, Victor Orta, in conversation with Steve Walsh, Charlotte MLS and members of the Association of Sporting Directors about his journey and current role. 

Leeds United F.C. Director of Football, Victor Orta, in conversation with Steve Walsh, Charlotte MLS and members of the Association of Sporting Directors about his journey and current role. The conversation was different from the usual public conversation we are seeing promoted widely – it was both personal and humble. The key areas were covered: The responsibilities of football leaders Adapting to English football Pressure, … Continue reading Leeds United F.C. Director of Football, Victor Orta, in conversation with Steve Walsh, Charlotte MLS and members of the Association of Sporting Directors about his journey and current role. 

Dan Ashworth spoke with members of the Association of Sporting Directors providing an insight into his role as Technical Director of Brighton Hove Albion F.C. 

Dan Ashworth spoke with members of the Association of Sporting Directors providing an insight into his role as Technical Director of Brighton Hove Albion F.C.  The conversation covered 4 key areas: The first 15 months in the job at BHAFC Player welfare Recruitment and Brexit Adapting to change   Dan provided a reflection on his first 15 months at the club, highlighting the long-term nature of … Continue reading Dan Ashworth spoke with members of the Association of Sporting Directors providing an insight into his role as Technical Director of Brighton Hove Albion F.C. 

Director of Positive Mental Health Scotland, Mark Fleming, shares his expertise to ASD members regarding mental health and well-being during COVID-19

Director of Positive Mental Health Scotland and Scottish Director of Sports Chaplaincy UK, Mark Fleming, shares his expertise to ASD members regarding mental health and well-being during COVID-19 Mark Fleming was joined in conversation by Stuart Swift and members of the ASD. The conversation highlighted the following key discussion points: The impact of COVID-19 on mental health and personal well-being Identifying signs and strategies to … Continue reading Director of Positive Mental Health Scotland, Mark Fleming, shares his expertise to ASD members regarding mental health and well-being during COVID-19

The Sporting Director of Dundee United FC shares his experiences of securing promotion to the Scottish Premiership, football during the current pandemic, and the future for Scottish football.

The Sporting Director of Dundee United FC shares his experiences of securing promotion to the Scottish Premiership, football during the current pandemic, and the future for Scottish football with members of the Association of Sporting Directors. Tony Asghar (Sporting Director of Dundee United FC) was joined by Joel Roberts (Football and Education Consultant and member of the ASD Operations Committee), alongside members of the ASD … Continue reading The Sporting Director of Dundee United FC shares his experiences of securing promotion to the Scottish Premiership, football during the current pandemic, and the future for Scottish football.

The Technical Director of F.C. Copenhagen shares his experiences during the crisis

The Technical Director of F.C. Copenhagen shares his experiences on the key moments since the sports enforced shutdown in Denmark. Johan Lange was joined by Mike Rigg of Burnley FC and members of the ASD from Europe, Australia, the US and the UK. The conversation concerned three four key moments: Lockdown in Istanbul Transitions in training Negotiating new player wage terms Returning to football On … Continue reading The Technical Director of F.C. Copenhagen shares his experiences during the crisis