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That's the what, this is the why. This site is for anyone interested in the latest developments in coaching, conditioning and academies, with news and innovations from practitioners, entrepreneurs and academics.

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Founder: Simon Austin has been a sports journalist for almost 20 years, writing for publications including the New York Times, Daily Telegraph, Sun and Daily Mail. From 2000 to 2013, he worked for the BBC, latterly as features editor of the BBC Sport website. Simon set up Training Ground Guru in February 2017 to shine a light on the work going on behind the scenes in professional football and edits the site on a daily basis.

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