Jamie Clapham

Former Premier League pro announced as new Men’s football Head Coach

Loughborough University has announced that former Premier League player Jamie Clapham will take over as its new Men’s football Head Coach.

Clapham made over 500 appearances in his professional football career, playing for such clubs as Ipswich Town, Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Leicester City.

He played an integral part in the Ipswich Town side that won promotion to the Premier League in 1999/2000, going on to play in the UEFA Cup during two successive campaigns whilst at the Suffolk club.

In 2002 he transferred to Birmingham City, where he spent a further four seasons in the Premier League with The Blues.

Following his retirement from the game in 2012, Clapham moved into a coaching role at the academy of Championship club Middlesbrough, before becoming Assistant Coach of the first team in 2013.

Clapham then joined Coventry City’s coaching team in 2015 before joining Barnsley as First Team Coach a year later. Most recently, Clapham was at Leeds United as Assistant Coach to Paul Heckingbottom.

The 45-year-old former left-back will begin his new role at Loughborough in June, helping nurture the next level of University football talent.

Speaking to Loughborough Sport, Clapham said:

“Loughborough is a university that is steeped in tradition of elite sport performance and that was a huge draw when it came to applying for the role.

“Throughout my career, I’ve experienced the highs and lows of football which will hopefully allow me to see things from a different viewpoint. I see myself as a developer of people, a huge advocate of core values, and I already know there is a lot of talent in this group.

“I’m excited to build upon the fantastic foundations already in place here and take the football offer to the next level.”

Richard Allen, Director of Football, Loughborough University, said:

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jamie to the programme as his vast experience of both playing and coaching in the game made him a standout candidate.

“His understanding of young players and the pressures they face – both on and off the pitch – is exemplary, with his coaching style and attention to detail aligning perfectly with our own values. We can’t wait for him to get started.”

Loughborough’s football programme currently has strategic partnerships in place with professional clubs Chelsea, Liverpool and Derby County. It also works closely with the Premier League and the Football Association.

For more information on football at Loughborough, visit its website HERE.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in the Guardian University League Table 2021, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 6th in The UK Complete University Guide 2021.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.