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KPMG boosts Global Personal Development Programme for Athletes with new hires

KPMG boosts Global Personal Development Programme

Mark Brown, Head of KPMG’s Global Personal Development Programme for Athletes , comments on Global Personal Development Programme for Athletes.


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KPMG has bolstered their Global Personal Development Programme for Athletes with two key hires, Professor David Lavallee, an expert in the field of career transition in sport, and Eddie Johnson, former professional footballer at Manchester United and Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States and coach with Dundee in the Scottish Premier League. These new hires will be a huge asset to this new and growing team as they work with elite athletes, giving them the opportunity to increase their personal development opportunities, and in doing so, enhance their potential for success both on and off the field.

The programme provides learning and development opportunities to athletes whilst they are still competing and also supports those who are coming to the end of their careers and are beginning the transition into a life and career after sport. Recent research by Professor Lavallee which shows that higher levels of engagement by sports people in pre-retirement planning are positively associated with sporting performance, team tenure and career tenure, has been instrumental in shaping the programme in a way that helps individuals reach their full potential.

Mark Brown, Head of KPMG’s Global Personal Development Programme for Athletes said “We are delighted to welcome experts of such a high calibre in the world of athletic career transition and personal development into our firm.

“Professor Lavallee is recognised globally as a leading expert in sport career development and transitions and his recent research has been ground-breaking in demonstrating the link between personal development and athlete performance. And who better to provide advice on how best to safeguard your future by improving your own personal skills than someone like Eddie, who brings with him first-hand experience of moving from working as a sportsperson to a new alternative career after retiring from professional football due to injury.

“This is an exciting time for our team as we continue to grow both in numbers and expertise. Our programme is able to connect with every athlete regardless of where they are in their career trajectory and help them advance.”


Notes to Editors

About Professor David Lavallee:

  • The World’s first professor of Duty of Care in Sport, based at Abertay University in Dundee
  • Holds a PhD in Sport Psychology from the university of Western Australia, Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Boston College
  • Author of “Engagement in Sport Career Transition Planning Enhances Performance”
  • His role within KPMG will be Academic/ Scientific Advisor

About Eddie Johnson:

  • Former Professional Footballer with Manchester United, Coventry City and Portland Timbers (MLS) in the United States
  • Coach at Dundee in the Scottish Premier League
  • His role within KPMG will be to grow the KPMG PDP programme and to project messaging around career transitions, performance and learning and development for elite sports people and global sporting organisations

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