We are delighted to announce our new partnership with leading football consultancy firm 21st Club, and reveal how by sharing resources our clients can benefit when recruiting for the pivotal role of head coach.

A New Partnership to Benefit Clients

Elite Performance Partners and 21st Club are collaborating to bring a new evidence-based approach to the recruitment market for head coaches. The aim is to help clubs better identify and assess leading candidates from the widest talent pool. The partnership combines 21st Club’s strategic and analytical intelligence with EPP’s structured approach to character assessment within the performance environment.

About the Organisations and Their Approach

21st Club was founded in 2013 with the vision of helping clubs win by out-smarting, and not out-spending. The company works with over 60 clubs from leagues around the world and through providing both software and advisory services, they help clubs achieve a competitive edge in the football market. Having access to their specialist analytics combined with our character assessment and methodology makes our process unique in the market.

Since the formation of Elite Performance Partners, we have helped elite sports organisations to find, develop and nurture the senior leaders and expert practitioners that are essential to their success. We believe there’s more to the recruitment process in the sports sector. Our service is all about delivering the bigger picture.

David Slemen, CEO of Elite Performance Partners, explained how similarities between both companies made it a natural collaboration. He commented, “We share the same values and vision to change the way the game is run, by thinking differently and helping our clients achieve a competitive advantage. We are delighted to officially form this partnership with 21st Club.”

Elite Performance Partners recognise the unique challenges of hiring a head coach and the critical importance of getting it right. David added, “Through utilising a holistic evidence-based approach to our head coach recruitment, we can reduce bias and help avoid emotional or rushed hiring decisions, which should ultimately enhance the performance of our clients.”

Ben Marlow, Head of Football at 21st Club, is enthused by the partnership and the benefits it will bring for their clients. “We are excited to be working with EPP in the area of head coach recruitment,” Marlow said. 21st Club view hiring a manager as one of the most material decisions faced by the front office and it’s therefore critical that clubs are armed with the best available information to help them get it right. He added, “Through combining head coach surveillance with EPP’s character assessment process, we can help clubs identify undervalued talent which will lead to better results on the pitch.”

Read about our unique process with 21st Club for hiring a head coach, on the EPP website. For all enquiries or to discuss any requirements you can contact us.