Luke Theakston

Head Performance Coach

  • Date Joined: 30th August 2016
Luke Theakston is a performance specialist who has worked at the highest levels of youth academy football and with multiple professional and national team players. He holds a master’s degree in human movement science (VU, Amsterdam), bachelor’s degree in sport science (University of Surrey), diploma in football medicine (FIFA) and a UEFA B football coaching license (the FA). He has worked as a performance coach/sport scientist and/or a football coach in England (Reading FC and Portsmouth FC), Hungary (Újpest FC), the Netherlands (AFC Ajax and AFC) and China (Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC). Luke has developed particular interest and expertise in growth and maturation, periodization, football fitness and testing. He has also presented lectures on high-performance at a number of universities (Shanghai University of Sport and Beijing Sport University (BSU)) and is an active member of High Performance Group China. Luke is currently the Head Performance Coach (Wheel 2) at the youth academy of Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC in the Chinese Super League (CSL).
Luke Theakston

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • : Football Medicine Diploma


    Football Medicine Diploma
    2017

  • League Managers Association: Football Management Course

    League Managers Association
    Football Management Course
    2016

  • : Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - MSc Human Movement Science


    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - MSc Human Movement Science
    2015

  • UEFA: Certificate in Coaching Football

    UEFA
    Certificate in Coaching Football
    2014

  • : University of Surrey - BSc (hons) Sport Science


    University of Surrey - BSc (hons) Sport Science
    2014

  • The Football Association: Goalkeeping Level 2

    The Football Association
    Goalkeeping Level 2
    2013

Career History

  • SC Shanghai

    SC Shanghai
    Youth Technical Director of Football
    2017 – 2018

  • Shanghai Jinshang

    Shanghai Jinshang
    Academy Technical Director of Football (U9-U17)
    2017 – 2017

  • AFC Amsterdamsche

    AFC Amsterdamsche
    Head Coach B (u17’s) and C (u15’s) Selection
    2016 – 2016

  • AFC Ajax

    AFC Ajax
    Embedded Sport Scientist
    2015 – 2016

  • AFC Amsterdamsche

    AFC Amsterdamsche
    Coach and Movement Specialist
    2014 – 2015

  • Pro Direct Soccer Academy

    Pro Direct Soccer Academy
    Head of Sport Science and Conditioning
    2014 – 2014

  • Ujpest FC

    Ujpest FC
    Academy Coach
    2013 – 2013

  • Portsmouth FC

    Portsmouth FC
    Football Coach and Goalkeeping Coach
    2010 – 2011

  • Reading FC

    Reading FC
    Academy (u18’s) Sport Scientist
    2009 – 2011

  • Coerver Coaching

    Coerver Coaching
    Football Coach and Goalkeeping Coach
    2009 – 2010

  • Beijing Sinobo Guoan F.C.

    Beijing Sinobo Guoan F.C.
    Head Performance Coach
    2018 – Present

  • High Performance Group China

    High Performance Group China
    High Performance Specialist
    2017 – Present

Key Achievements

  • AFC Ajax - Embedded Sport Scientist working with the senior and youth academy players
  • AFC Amsterdamsche (AFC) - Coaching AFC u17’s to the Eredivise play-off final (players signed youth contracts at Feyenoord and Vitesse Arnhem among others)
  • Miscellaneous - Working in China, England, Hungary and The Netherlands at the highest levels of youth academy football and with multiple professional and national team players
  • Miscellaneous - Receiving academic awards for Recognised Excellence from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and Award for Academic Excellence from the University of Surrey
  • Beijing Sinobo Guoan F.C. - Building the first youth academy performance department in China

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