Abbott leaving Brighton to become Charlton Director of Performance

Will Abbott: Has been Performance Manager at Brighton since January 2022

Will Abbott: Has been Performance Manager at Brighton since January 2022

WILL ABBOTT is leaving Brighton after almost 12 years to become Director of Performance Services at Charlton Athletic.

Abott joined the Seagulls in 2012 and held sports science, strength and conditioning and leadership roles within their Academy before becoming Performance Manager in January 2022.

Will Abbott appeared at TGG's Recovery Webinar. Here is the full list of presentations:

  • Marcus Hannon: Nutrition during a congested fixture schedule.
  • Anna West: Why sleep is a game-changer in football.
  • Tony Strudwick: A scientific approach to recovery.
  • Scott Guyett: Managing the three-game week at Crystal Palace.
  • Will Abbott: An Academy perspective on recovery.

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This was a strategic role that involved overseeing the club’s medical, sports science and strength and conditioning provision across the Academy and men’s and women’s senior sides.

Abbott will serve a notice period at Brighton before joining League One Charlton early in the New Year. In his new role, he will oversee the performance services provision across the whole club, including medical, nutrition, sports science and psychology across all teams.

Technical Director Andy Scott said: “We interviewed a number of really talented candidates and Will was the standout. I think everyone looks at Brighton with admiration and envy and we believe the experiences Will has had over the last decade, as well as his undoubted knowledge, will help us set the high standards in the performance departments which improve the whole club.”

Josh Hornby, who has worked for Charlton for almost 12 years, will continue as Head of Physical Performance, working 'hands-on' focus with the senior side.

Abbott presented at TGG's Recovery Webinar, alongside Tony Strudwick, Marcus Hannon, Anna West and Scott Guyett.

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