Adam Owen

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Adam Owen Ph.D (born 5 September 1980 in Wrexham) is a Welsh football coach specialising in the fitness and conditioning of players. Owen attained a doctorate in Sport Science through Lyon1 University (Claude Bernard) in France, having previously completed his M.Phil degree in Sport & Exercise Science. Owen has produced many contemporary research publications & book chapters becoming a leading researcher in the area of 'Football Science'. Owen also holds the UEFA Professional Coaching Licence.

As a player Owen started as a trainee at English League One team Wrexham having been signed by Brian Flynn. Upon leaving his hometown club as a player, he started coaching in their Academy programme. After obtaining a BSc (HONS) degree in Sport & Exercise Science, the FA Fitness Trainers Award and the UEFA 'A' Licence Coaching Licence, Owen continued his playing career in the League of Wales with Newtown, Airbus UK F.C and Connahs Quay Nomads. During the 2001/2002 season he was selected to play for the Welsh University team in the British University Games playing against England & Scotland.

During the 2003/2004 season Owen moved to Celtic as a coach for the Under-17 & Under-19 teams. After a year at Parkhead he progressed to working with the reserve team squad whilst playing in the Scottish Third Division for East Stirlingshire.[1]

Owen then left his position at Celtic F.C to undertake a first team role at Sheffield Wednesday to firstly work under Paul Sturrock, and later Brian Laws as Head Fitness & Rehabilitation coach within the English Championship league.

During the March 2007 he then moved back to Scotland to join the management team at Rangers F.C working with Walter Smith, Ally McCoist and Kenny McDowall. Whilst working at Rangers F.C Owen completed the UEFA Professional Coaching Diploma, becoming one of the youngest to do so, and has published many research articles in the area of 'Football Fitness & Conditioning'. Owen has been described as a key member of the back room staff at Rangers F.C with his methods receiving positive exposure. Whilst working at Rangers F.C, Owen initiated sport science support to the senior men's Welsh National Football team under Brian Flynn and continued his work under Gary Speed & currently Chris Coleman.

Owen left Rangers F.C to join Sheffield United in June 2013, taking the post of "Assistant Manager - Performance", working alongside manager David Weir.[2] Upon leaving Sheffield United F.C, Owen played a leading part in the development of the Professional football scholarship known as the 'Wrexham Glyndwr Football Academy' (GWFA), the first of its kind in the UK. The scholarship concept has been initiated between Wrexham F.C & Glyndwr University.

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  1. ^ http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/eaststirling/eaststirling.html
  2. ^ "Weir recruits assistant". Sheffield United FC Official Web Site. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  • Wednesday - Official Programme of SWFC. Dunwoody Sports Marketing. 2006/07. 

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