Training Ground Guru Podcast
#11: Stewart Downing: Final chapter in a stellar career

#11: Stewart Downing: Final chapter in a stellar career

February 7, 2020

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Stewart Downing tells TGG about his 19th season in professional football. The 35-year-old also looks back on his time with Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Liverpool and England. 

#10: Eddie Jones: Lessons in coaching, leadership and life

#10: Eddie Jones: Lessons in coaching, leadership and life

January 9, 2020

In an exclusive interview, England rugby coach Eddie Jones tells TGG about his philosophy on coaching, leadership and life. The Australian reflects on the aftermath of the Rugby World Cup final and shares insights on tactical periodisation, meetings with Pep Guardiola and maverick players. 

#9: Big Data Conference

#9: Big Data Conference

December 2, 2019

This episode is brought to you from TGG's Big Data Conference in Manchester. Three of the key speakers from the day talk to Josh Schneider-Weiler about how data analysis is used in elite football. We hear from: Mladen Sormaz, the Head of Football Analytics at Leicester City; Luke Benstead, the Head of Performance Analysis and Innovation for Belgium; and Ed Sulley, Director of Customer Solutions for Hudl.

#8: Paul Balsom: To the Premier League and Beyond with Leicester City

#8: Paul Balsom: To the Premier League and Beyond with Leicester City

October 31, 2019

Welcome to the Training Ground Guru Podcast, in association with Hudl. For this episode, we spoke to Paul Balsom, Head of Performance Innovation for Leicester City. He spoke about the approach sports science during the title-winning season, player empowerment, building a culture at the club and using data in the future.

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#7: Victor Orta: Guiding the Leeds Revolution

#7: Victor Orta: Guiding the Leeds Revolution

October 8, 2019

Welcome to the Training Ground Guru podcast, in association with Hudl. For this episode, Simon Austin went to Elland Road to speak to Leeds United’s Sporting Director, Victor Orta. He's followed by Wyscout's CEO, Matteo Campodonico, who discusses how Wyscout is changing football.  

#6: Les Ferdinand: From Boot Room to Boardroom

#6: Les Ferdinand: From Boot Room to Boardroom

September 3, 2019
Welcome to the Training Ground Guru podcast, in association with Hudl. For this episode, Josh Schneider-Weiler went to QPR’s training ground to speak to their Director of Football, Les Ferdinand. They talked about a new era at QPR, the club's approach to recruitment and what it's like to be a pioneer for black executives in the game.   
#5: Elite Analysts Forum

#5: Elite Analysts Forum

July 24, 2019

Welcome to the Training Ground Guru podcast, in association with Hudl. For this episode, we’re at Hudl’s 2019 Elite User Conference in Las Vegas. Host Derek Hernandez is joined by Cathal Garvey, Head of Performance Analysis for Rugby Australia, Ed Sulley, former Head of Research and Innovation for Manchester City, and Rhys Long, Head of Performance Analysis and Insight for the Football Association.

#4: Dave Reddin: England’s Performance Pioneer

#4: Dave Reddin: England’s Performance Pioneer

July 18, 2019

For this episode, Simon Austin went to St George’s Park to meet Dave Reddin, Head of Team Strategy and Performance at the Football Association. Last month, Reddin announced he would be stepping down from the role in December, after almost six years at the FA. Simon asked him about his eventful, and sometimes controversial, reign. 

#3: Youth Development Conference

#3: Youth Development Conference

June 16, 2019

Welcome to the Training Ground Guru Podcast, in association with Hudl. For this episode, we’re at the TGG Youth Development Conference in Manchester.

In this episode you’ll hear from three of our main speakers: Huddersfield Town Academy Manager Leigh Bromby, Hudl senior strategist John McGuigan, and Director of Coach Education for the Belgian FA Kris Van Der Haegen. 

#2: Behind the scenes at Burnley’s Academy

#2: Behind the scenes at Burnley’s Academy

May 7, 2019

Welcome to the Training Ground Guru podcast, in association with Hudl. For this episode, Simon Austin and Josh Schneider-Weiler went behind the scenes at Burnley’s Academy. They were given a tour of the Barnfield Training Centre by Academy Manager, Jon Pepper.