Appointments: Velocity Football strengthen coaching team to enhance students’ pathway

Velocity Football has recruited a performance analyst and strength and conditioning coach to develop students’ technical and physical abilities while also helping them establish a greater understanding about both professions.

Dominic Newton and Dean Tetley have been working remotely with students since the start of the new year. Oxford-born Dominic will act as the education programme’s performance analyst after graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in sport and exercise science.

Dean has joined Velocity Football as a strength and conditioning coach while he completes a PhD in sports science at Oxford Brookes University. Brought up in Portsmouth, Dean joins the programme with a wealth of experience in the performance sector after previous roles at Southampton and Crystal Palace.

The addition of Dominic and Dean to the Velocity Football coaching team ensures students will be able to optimise their performances while following our proven progression pathway system that helps them gain real-life experiences of different professions in the sports sector.

They will both continue with their roles within Oxford City’s first team too, working under performance director Martin Wilkinson.

Justin Merritt, Director of Velocity Football, said Dominic and Dean’s addition to the male and female programmes adds significant value to the football-based full-time courses.

He said: “The importance of player and team analysis plus strength and conditioning in football has grown exponentially in the last decade. Significant advancements have been made in both areas to a point where it is important non-league clubs like Oxford City invest in equipment to improve team performance.

“With this in mind, we wanted to ensure students studying with Velocity Football have access to the very latest equipment and coaching knowledge both on and off the field to help them develop.

“Dominic and Dean can transfer the real-life skills they have developed by working with Oxford City’s first team to not only improve player performance but also unlock career opportunities that may never have been previously considered by our students.

“We’re delighted to welcome Dominic and Dean to the team and wish them the very best in their new roles.”

Dominic added: “I am pleased to have joined such a forward-thinking education programme and look forward to meeting all the students once COVID-19 restrictions ease.

“I plan to use our GPS vests to monitor students’ physical performances, this will enable each student to build a personal performance profile where they can track their progress and compare themselves to their classmates and elite athletes.”

Dean said: “Sports science is a huge area of modern-day football, and it is important students understand this growing area of development before graduating.

“Velocity Football understands the true value of physical performance both on the pitch and in the classroom. From an educational point of view, I can’t wait to help students with their studies and hopefully relay my passion for sports science across to others who may consider it as a career option.”

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