Football Innovation 2020 Speakers

Dr Ben Jones

Performance Pathway Scientist, England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

Over the past 5 years, Ben has been responsible for designing and conducting pathway research aligned to the England & Wales Cricket Boardís (ECB) strategic priorities, addressing performance questions in collaboration with pathway coaches, and producing pathway-specific insights. Following the completion of his ECB-sponsored PhD in talent identification and development, Ben has most recently assisted the ECB with the implementation of the research insights into pathway practice, producing evidence-based recommendations for player identification and development, which have fed directly into the ECBís National Talent Development Framework.
In addition to the research programme, Ben works closely with the ECBís scouting department to raise awareness of biases when assessing player potential, and to identify the specific scouting criteria that is associated with player pathway progression historically. Ben currently holds talent identification consultant roles with the National Football Associations of England and Wales.