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NEW ROLE FOR ROYSTON IN ENHANCED PERFORMANCE DEPARTMENT

9 June 2021

Chris Royston has been promoted to the position of head of performance and medicine - in one of a number of changes to the club’s off-field setup. 

Royston had spent the past five years as the Bantams’ head physiotherapist, having first joined City in the summer of 2011. 

Changes to the club’s performance department have been made in an effort to improve on-field results ahead of the 2021/22 season. 

The 31-year-old’s new role also sees Dayle Avison promoted to head physiotherapist and Nick Akerman to first-team therapist, while Bradford City AFC is delighted to welcome Greg Stebbings as the club’s new head of sports science. 

Royston said: “In my new role, the main goal is to support Derek Adams as much as possible. We need to look at how we can work alongside his coaching methods to maximise physical performance and player availability.

“The club was keen to instil a model in the football department where there is responsibility in certain areas - whether that be analysis, recruitment or performance.

“If you look at many top-level clubs across Europe, the medical, sports science, therapists, doctors, performance analysts and support staff work in unison, rather than autonomously. 

“Although we understand we are currently in Sky Bet League Two, that is what we are trying to create at Bradford City.

“In order to reduce incidence of injuries, and how to safely return players to play - once an injury has occurred - in the fastest time, it is vital to have a structured plan and certain strategies in place.

“Myself, Dayle, Greg, Nick, Andrew Smith and other first-team staff members have been meeting almost daily during the off-season to ensure we are as ready as we can be for pre-season.  

“The players have already been in for close-season testing and are following plans to ensure they are at the right level physically, for when they start up again at the end of the month.

“We are all looking forward to getting going at the beginning of the season, and will do everything we can in our respective area to help the club move forwards once again.”

Additions and changes to the performance department come as Robbie Bloodworth and Scott Dyer remain first-team analysts, with Bloodworth also now the club’s player welfare officer. 

John Vaughan will remain goalkeeper coach, with Andrew Smith the club’s doctor and a new full-time kit manager set to be appointed this month. 

Bradford City AFC can confirm that fitness coach Ben Rome has now left the club. All at Bradford City AFC would like thank Ben for his services in claret and amber and wish him the best for the future. 


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