Dr Will Abbott appointed Director of Performance Services


Charlton Athletic are delighted to confirm the appointment of Dr Will Abbott as Director of Performance Services.

Abbott will take up the role after completing his notice period as Performance Manager at Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion, a club he has been at for more than a decade.

In the role, Abbott will oversee the performance services provision across the club, which includes the medical, nutrition, sports science and psychology departments, ensuring players across all the teams are in peak physical condition and the methodology is aligned and integrated across the football club.

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.

“I’d like to thank Paul Barber and David Weir at Brighton & Hove Albion for their co-operation and professionalism.”

Abbott began his professional career working in Southampton’s Strength and Conditioning team in 2010 before joining Brighton in 2012, working his way up to the position of Performance Manager in January 2022. 

Abbott completed his PhD at the University of Brighton after graduating from the University of Portsmouth with a Master’s degree in Sports Performance. He is currently continuing his education at Manchester Metropolitan University with a Masters in Sport Directorship.

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