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Meet João

João Magalhães holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and a Master’s degree in High Performance Training from the Human Kinetics University in Lisbon. He is also CSCS certified by the NSCA, has completed a postgraduate programme in Strength and Conditioning, and is a certified Weightlifting Coach. João started with Catapult in March 2022, bringing with him valuable experience from his internships at Benfica LAB and his role as an S&C Coach for youth teams at Sporting Clube de Portugal. He primarily supports clients in Portugal, Greece, and Slovakia. João is proud of his work with Sport Lisboa e Benfica, the Greek FA, and the Slovak FA. Outside of work, João is a huge basketball fan and a former weightlifting athlete.

Meet Vladislav

Vladislav Andreev graduated from the State University of Management with a degree in International Marketing and furthered his education with a programme in Management in Sports and Tourism at Ranepa. Joining Catapult in March 2019, Vladislav brought his extensive experience from Instat Sport and his role as the FIFA World Cup Team Base Camp Coordinator for the Belgium national team. He supports clients across Russia, the CIS, and the Balkans. Vladislav has worked with notable clubs such as FC Krasnodar, FC Dinamo Zagreb, FC Hajduk Split, FC Spartak, FC Lokomotiv, FC Dinamo Moscow, and FC Red Star Belgrade. Known for his passion for football and kind-hearted nature, Vladislav is an integral part of our team.

Meet Laura

Laura Davies earned her BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University. She worked with Dragons RFC and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) before Catapult was fortunate to welcome her in September 2019. Laura supports clients in the UK and France and is proud of her contributions to the WRU, Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR), England Cricket, and West Indies Cricket. Fluent in Welsh and an avid rugby fan, Laura has also represented Great Britain in roller hockey. Her experience and enthusiasm for sports make her a valuable resource for our clients.

Meet Nichol

Nichol Forbes completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Sunderland, along with an FSI Master’s degree in Football Strength and Conditioning. Since joining Catapult in October 2016, Nichol has worked with numerous clubs across Europe and the Middle East, both remotely and in person, and has supported various training camps and tournaments. He currently supports clients in the UK and Poland. Nichol has had a strong impact with many clients he has worked with over the years and is especially proud of the work he has done with the Saudi Arabia National Team, Fenerbahçe, and Al Nassr. A dedicated football fan and player, Nichol brings his passion and expertise to every client interaction.

Meet Alan

Alan Belden graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and holds a UEFA B Coaching Licence. Since joining Catapult in August 2018, Alan has leveraged his experience with Tigres in Liga MX and Catapult Pro Video – SBG to support clients in Southern Europe. He takes pride in his work with Benfica, Real Madrid, and Iceland’s Besta League. Alan has a passion for cheering on underdogs, enjoys traveling, long lunches with friends, trail runs with a good podcast, and is an enthusiastic fan of the Winter Olympics. His diverse experiences and personal interests enrich his contributions to our team.