Wakefield College sports co-ordinator lands Football Association role

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A sports co-ordinator at Wakefield College has landed an exciting job with the Football Association (FA) which will allow him to help develop England’s football stars of the future.

Mark Helme, the college’s Athlete Development Programme (ADP) Co-ordinator, has started a part-time role as Performance Scientist for England Colleges Football Association (ECFA).

As part of the role, Helme has been tasked with introducing sports science techniques to the country’s top college players, which he hopes will give them a competitive edge over their opponents.

He will accompany the squad on tours of Italy and Estonia in the coming weeks and will also be involved in training camps to help ensure the young players are at the top of their game physically.

“As Performance Scientist for the ECFA, I will play a central role in helping the players produce optimal performances against international opposition,” said Helme.

“Working across the three international teams run by the ECFA, I will be involved in contributing to the design of performance training camps to ensure the players are in the best physical state.

“I will also collect performance data about each of the players to identify how well they are coping with the demands of international football as well as profiling the players to benchmark for future squads.”

Helme, who will continue to work at Wakefield College’s Thornes Park campus as the ADP co-ordinator, will remain in regular contact with the international players to monitor their dietary intake and recovery levels, as well guiding the players on individual strength and conditioning programmes.

Wakefield College’s Athletic Development Programme is inviting Year 11 students from schools around the district to two open taster sessions next month.

The training sessions will be held on Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9 and students interested in men’s football, ladies’ football and men’s rugby league are welcome to attend.

“Wakefield College’s ADP has a rich history of producing national team champions and individual sports stars who have gone on to play at the highest levels in a range of sports,” said Helme.

“We want to use this opportunity to find the stars of the future so I would encourage as many students as possible to sign up. These trials are open to all local students in their final year at school who are seriously considering a career in sport.”

To register your interest in attending the trials, visit the Wakefield College website at www.wakefield.ac.uk or contact Mark Helme on 01924 789752.