Date of release: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

 Niall Clark, David Platt and Matt RadcliffeOne of the most popular football leagues in the world is benefiting from University of Greenwich sports science expertise.

Niall Clark, Senior Lecturer in Sports Science and Coaching, is heading on a 10-week trip to the Indian Super League (ISL), to become FC Pune City's head of sports science. The club is managed by former England, Aston Villa and Arsenal star, David Platt, who previously worked with Niall at Manchester City, where Platt was assistant manager.Last year's average ISL attendance was 24,357, the fourth highest in the world after the top divisions in England, Germany and Spain.

The eight-team competition, now in its second season, starts on Saturday 3 October and ends with the final on Sunday 20 December. FC Pune City kick off their campaign at home to Mumbai City. Niall will then return to the Faculty of Engineering & Science at Greenwich.A recent Greenwich graduate, Atharava Shashank Tere, will work alongside Niall as an intern. Niall has headed up the sports science departments at Reading, West Ham, Charlton Crystal Palace Manchester city (consultant) and Crawley Town football clubs.

He says: "Last time I worked with David Platt we were at Manchester City and we won the Premier League. He called me and asked if I fancied coming to India and I jumped at the chance."The university have been unbelievably supportive, and this will be great exposure for Greenwich. The Indian economy is growing and the league has really captured the public's imagination. While here, I'll be doing university lectures in areas such as physiological monitoring of team sports, preparation, rest and recovery, as well spreading the word about Greenwich."

David Platt adds: "As soon as I knew I was coming here I called Niall. His methods and ideas are the best around. We had a successful time together at Manchester City and there really was only one man for the job."

Last season's ISL opener between Atl├ętico de Kolkata and Mumbai City was watched by 65,000 supporters with a further 74.7m watching on TV. The league as a whole drew a TV audience of 170.6m that week, almost matching the Indian Premier League cricket's 184m. The matches will be broadcast in the UK on Star Gold (Sky channel 809, Virgin 801).

The league's official website had 16m online video views during the season and online channel registered 28.7m visits.

The university's Sports Science programmes have students and graduates in work and placements at four football clubs, including Crawley, Crystal Palace, Dagenham & Redbridge and Charlton Athletic.

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Picture: From left: Niall Clark, David Platt and Matt Radcliffe