Sports Science / Medicine

Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman

Chris’s first chance as a professional, at age 16, came when he was contracted to Manchester City. He then joined Swansea City which was his boyhood club which he still supports to this day. Coleman made his first professional appearance for Swansea aged 17, in 1987. He made nearly 200 appearances for the south Wales club and helped win the Welsh Cup in 1989 and 1991. He had a very successful stint at Crystal Palace where he is considered to have legend status. After spending four years with his hometown club, Coleman was signed by Crystal Palace. He later joined Fulham and quickly became club captain, and led Fulham to promotion under manager Kevin Keegan in 1998–99 to the First Division. Chris’ international career was also impressive, winning 32 caps playing for Wales. As a manager, Coleman . Coleman joined Continue Reading »

Daley Thompson CBE

Daley Thompson CBE

Daley was the first athlete to win Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European titles and hold a world record. Given the difficulty of the decathlon, which requires proficiency in ten events, the winner is considered an all-round athletics champion, and Daley Thompson became only the second person in Olympic history to claim the decathlon gold twice. Daley is a former British Decathlete and Olympic Gold medalist. He is also a former professional footballer, and motivational speaker. Daley won the decathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and broke the world record for the event four times. Thompson competed in his first decathlon in 1975 and in 1976 he won the AAA title and was 18th at the Montréal Olympic Games. The following year, he won the European Junior title and in 1978 won the first of his three Commonwealth titles. In Continue Reading »

David Moyes

David Moyes

David is widely regarded by football officianados as one of the Premiership’s top managers. He became manager of Everton in March 2002 and under him the club qualified for the Champions League in 2005 and reached the FA Cup final in 2009. Upon reaching his tenth anniversary at the club Moyes received praise from many fellow managers including Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger and Kenny Dalglish for his achievements at Everton, despite operating with a limited budget. His service to Everton was also raised in Parliament by Steve Rotheram MP. Moyes is the third-longest serving manager in the Premier League and the English football league system as a whole, behind Ferguson and Wenger. He is also on the Committee for the League Managers Association in an executive capacity. As a player, David Moyes made over 540 league appearances as a Continue Reading »

Jon Champion

Jon Champion

Jon is one of Britain’s leading sports commentators who has covered a wide variety of sports including football, rugby league, Test Cricket and swimming as well reporting on three Olympic Games. He is also one of Match of the Day‘s regular commentators, as well as, commentating on rugby league for BBC TV’s Grandstand, and covering football for BBC Radio 5 Live. He cut his footballing teeth as a commentator/reporter for BBC Radio Leeds before joining BBC Radio 2 network sport and, later, Radio 5 Live where he also has his own programme, Champion’s Sport. He also worked as a radio presenter on the 1990 World Cup Finals and as a presenter and commentator in 1994. Euro 96 was his first major championship as a TV commentator, and he also worked on the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. In 1995 Continue Reading »

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Matthew Syed

Three-time Commonwealth table tennis champion and two-time Olympian, Matthew Syed, has had an extraordinary and multifaceted career. He was Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2009, a broadcaster for the BBC and Eurosport, and stood as the Labour Candidate in the 2001 UK General Election.   Sporting Career and Achievements Matthew has has an interesting and unconventional career. Brought up in Reading, he was spotted by his primary school teacher as having the potential to become a future table tennis champion. Emerging from a local state school as an average achiever, Matthew Syed studied for his A levels whilst playing in Sweden before applying to Oxford University. Given a place at Balliol to study politics, philosophy, and economics, Matthew managed to combine his studies whilst competing at an international level. Although warned that both his Continue Reading »

Pierluigi Collina

Pierluigi Collina

Pierluigi was widely considered as the best referee of his generation, having obtained for 6 consecutive times the FIFA “Best referee of the Year” prize. He is still involved in football as non-paid consultant to the Italian Football Referees Association (AIA), and is a member of the UEFA Referees Committee. Collina has been the head of referees for the Football Federation of Ukraine since July 5, 2010. Pierluigi Collina was born in Bologna and attended the local university, graduating with a degree in economics in 1984. During his teenage years, he played as a central defender for a local team, but was persuaded in 1977 to take a referee’s course, where it was discovered that he had a particular aptitude for the job. Within three years he was officiating at the highest level of regional matches, while also completing his Continue Reading »

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Sol Campbell

Sol was a strong and imposing defender who had a long and successful career playing at the highest level. Since retiring from football he has become known for his political work and insightful, straight talking approach.