it’s people who create success


who can inspire them to reach their potential


enable and empower elite performance

Elite Performance Partners finds and develops leading talent in the sports sector. With a background in elite sport, we have a unique understanding of the skills required to help teams and individuals reach their full potential. Alongside leading experts in sports science, sports medical and elite performance, we also source senior managerial, commercial and c-level executives for sporting organisations. Our discreet service includes psychometric profiling, strategic planning and leadership development. We deliver results because we know sport.

Focusing specifically on our approach to elite performance, we work by looking at every recruitment assignment through the eyes of the athlete, the coach and the organisation’s leaders. When we search for specialists, we aim to deliver the ultimate blend of experience and fit.


Every search is designed around the needs of the client. We tailor the method, timing and confidentiality for each assignment.

We recognise the challenges of hiring a Head Coach and the critical importance of getting it right. We have a unique process involving analytics, profiling and competency based assessment that gives clubs the best chance of success.

Beyond our recruitment activities, we work with a network of world-leading performance experts across the globe.


Our Executive Search and Head Coach/Manager Recruitment process is open, informing and available 24 x 7 to our clients. We combine absolute discretion with complete transparency through digital tools that give our clients complete visibility of every step of the process.

Through Psychometric Profiling we help clients evaluate candidates and the talent critical to high performance. Our exclusive access to behavioural science research on elite talent in sport and business helps clients to understand candidates with scientific clarity.

Elite Performance Partners helps sports organisations reach their full potential through Performance Consultancy. We advise clients how to structure performance teams and get the best results.

1. Planning

2. Research

3. Candidate Shortlist

4. Interviews

5. Closing

6. On-Boarding


“We recently worked with Elite Performance Partners on two specialist Director performance roles. We needed to carry out a global market evaluation under very tight time constraints”

“Their ability to understand our requirements and pressures whilst not cutting corners with their level of thoroughness and professionalism was exemplary. Their deep understanding of the market coupled with their performance background and experience makes them unique in the sports recruitment market and meant that they added true value to the process”

Nigel Walker – English Institute of Sport

“I have worked with Elite Performance Partners for the last couple of years in a number of areas of our business; including City Football Group, the 1st team, our Academy and central business functions.”

“They have enabled us across multiple areas of the business to benchmark our own talent with the external market putting a thorough, rigorous and professional recruitment process around each role. Their network within the performance world enabled them to be more agile than a typical search firm and cope with the tight timeframes that the organisation often operates in. They were open, transparent, found us great people and more than anything were a pleasure to work with.”

Fiona Brown – Group HR Director at City Football Group

“We have worked with Elite Performance Partners for a number of searches across commercial and operational functions. They found excellent candidates that we would not have done ourselves and importantly they tailored the process to suit how we wished to work saving us time and effort.”

“What set them apart however was their recognition of the unique culture within our club and finding candidates with the right type of personality and character to fit in to our group and add to it.”

Simon Cohen – Chief Executive Office, Leicester Tigers

“The appointment of our Academy Director was a key senior appointment for the club and we were impressed by the approach that David and his team at Elite Performance Partners took.”

“We chose them as they had a specific focus and knowledge of the performance sports sector globally which we hadn’t seen before. This led them to producing an imaginative and thought-provoking ‘long list’ of candidates which proved to us that they had understood our needs, our performance challenges and most importantly, our aspirations.”

Robert Elstone – CEO at Everton Football Club

“We have worked with Elite Performance Partners over the past year as we have looked to get the very best people in to Bath Rugby”

“They have a wide international network of contacts in rugby and the wider sporting world and most importantly they have a true understanding of performance at the elite level.

I would highly recommend them to anyone recruiting in the elite sport environment.”

David Thompson – Bath Rugby, Performance Director

“Elite Performance Partners were brought to my attention after they did a piece of consultancy work with City Football Group on our performance systems and structures”

“They have enabled us across multiple areas of the business to benchmark our own talent with the external market putting a thorough, rigorous and professional recruitment process around each role.”

Mark Allen – Academy Director at Manchester City


We are always delighted to discuss how our business could help you achieve your high performance goals. Contact us to discuss either your Executive Search requirements or our Performance Consultancy services.