The successful transition between the academy and first teams

Aloys-Wijnker

About The Event

Homegrown players are the most cost-effective assets of a football club as part of the recruitment strategies. Homegrown players can bring considerable profits in future sales, but also on the pitch, they are the ones who carry the club identity to other players who joined the club.

Aloys is the technical director of all youth teams of Royal Netherlands FA as the key part of the football development department. He shapes the certification of the youth training programs, and he contributes to the guidance and assessment of the KNVB coaches and directors of youth teams. Besides, Aloys gives lectures in KNVB’s academy directorship and sporting directorship educational programs.

Prior to KNVB, Aloys worked at AZ Alkmaar for more than ten years as Academy Director, during a period when AZ won the Rinus Michels Award for best youth academy in the Netherlands for the first time. In 2016, Wijnker left for the United States, where he was responsible for all football-related education in the country as Development Academy Director to prepare the elite organizational structure. In December 2018, Wijnker returned to the Netherlands to work as Academy Director of Vitesse Arnheim.

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Our Speakers

Alays-Wijnker
Aloys Wijnker
Technical Director - Youth Teams, Netherlands FA (KNVB)

Our new lecturer is Rodrigo Picchioni who is the Head of Analytics at Atletico Mineiro. We trust for many reasons that Rodrigo will give a proper lecture into how the department of data/analytics needs to be structured and make an impact for the club on and off the pitch.

Rodrigo Picchioni headed a newly created analytics department at Atletico from 2021 on, they demonstrated their commitment to becoming a standard bearer in the region in the intelligent use of data to make better decisions. Prior to Atletico, Rodrigo worked as Director of Football Assistant at Red Bull Bragantino and in coaching roles in different countries.

Aloys is the technical director of elite youth teams of the Netherlands FA as the key part of the football development department. He shapes the certification of the youth training programs, and he contributes to the guidance and assessment of the KNVB coaches. Aloys gives lectures in KNVB’s academy directors educational programs.

Gianpaolo is one of top level legal experts in the intl sports business. He has vast experience in advising all range of sports stakeholders. He lectures in FIFA Diploma in Football Law, in UEFA Football Law Program and in Sports Management at the Uni. of St.Gallen. Previously, he headed the Players’ Status Department of FIFA.

Mads is a writer and a football consultant, with experience as a coach and sporting director, and recently worked for Al-Jazira, the UAE champion as well as at clubs such as Brondby, at Guangzhou FC as head of recruitment, Shanghai SIPG as technical director. Mads recently published the book ‘How hard can it be?’.