Alumni becomes US Soccer’s High Performance Director

James Bunce, who completed a BSc Sport & Exercise Science (2007) & MSc Sports Performance (2011) in DSES, has recently been appointed as US Soccer’s first high performance director. James’s proactive approach to gaining sports science experience paid off when after his undergraduate degree he was appointed as an intern at Southampton FC. He stayed at the club for 8 years, going from intern to part-time, to full-time, then on to become the Head of Athletic Development. He was later offered a role as Head of Sport Science at the Premier League, subsequently becoming Head of Elite Performance within the organisation. In his new role James will be looking to implement a systematic and evidence-led approach to provide all male and female senior and youth national teams with world class performance and medical support. The advice to current students from our successful alumni? “You must make yourself stand out from the crowd. Seek experience within a club or organisation, attend as many courses and conferences as you can and build a strong network – it’s not easy but the rewards long-term will definitely be worth it!”

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