Football Innovation 2020 Speakers

Bruce Suraci

Academy Head of Coaching & Development, AFC Bournemouth

I have worked within Academies in Professional Football for a total of 8 years, having worked within Girls Centre of Excellence for 3 years before that. Across these roles, I have worked as an age group coach, Centre of Excellence Director, a Lead Phase Coach and am now Academy Head of Coaching & Development at AFC Bournemouth. I have supplemented my knowledge from elite football with the UEFA A Licence, the Advanced Youth Award, an undergraduate in Sports Science, a Masters in Science and am currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Exercise, Sport and Health Science. My area of specialism is the notion of ‘Precision Intervention’, whereby, once genetic panels are verified in terms of their associations with performance, we are researching the possibility of leveraging certain genetic biases to enhance training / performance response. Having already contributed to the literature in terms of physical responses to training based on certain genotypes, we are looking closely at the psychological and technical side of performance to ascertain what gains can be made by intervening more precisely than is possible at this moment in time.