Thursday 28 November 2013
The Premier League have announced that Dan Hunt is to take up a key role in the Youth Department as Head of Elite Performance.
"Dan Hunt has been closely involved in one the highest performing elite environments in world sport"
Hunt has more than 10 years' of high-level experience in elite sport and joins from Team Sky, where he holds the position of sport director. He will support the Premier League and its clubs in the implementation of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), the youth development system that was launched at the beginning of last season with the number one stated aim of developing more and better home-grown players.
"The Premier League and the clubs are in the process of developing a world-leading academy system through the implementation of EPPP and the continual assessment and improvement of performance is a hugely important part of that," Ged Roddy, Premier League Director of Youth, said. "Dan Hunt has been closely involved in one the highest performing elite environments in world sport.
"He has made significant contributions to the recent successes of Team Sky, and British Cycling at both the London and Beijing Olympic Games. He has first-hand experience of applying science, psychology, medicine and nutrition to sports development and we look forward to him bringing his skills and experience to the Premier League as we continue our work with clubs."
Hunt will be responsible for managing the elite performance functions within the youth system, including leading the development and delivery of leadership programmes for Academy staff, and ensuring that provisions are in place to measure, analyse and report of all elements of EPPP.
"It is clear that the delivery of the Elite Player Performance Plan is a huge priority for the Premier League and for clubs," Hunt said. "I am looking forward to helping at this very exciting time, using the knowledge and skills I have gained from working with some of the top athletes and coaches in cycling, and from being involved in global competitions like the Tour de France and two Olympic Games."
Since 2012, Hunt has worked at Team Sky as sport director to, among others, Tour de France winners Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. Prior to that, he worked for British Cycling as senior endurance coach, with direct responsibility for the Team GB Men’s track endurance team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. In 2012 his team became European, World and Olympic champions and broke world records three times along the way.
Hunt worked with the Team GB women’s track endurance team that won four medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and, prior to that, in coaching and sports science roles at the Welsh Institute of Sport and University of Bath.