Patrick Oudejans


Patrick Oudejans


Talent Development Consultant


In my ideal world, people are only concerned with the desire to discover


Performance analysis, data visualization, talent development process, academy organisation, planning and structure, Dutch-English


Patrick has worked for AFC Ajax Amsterdam between December 2013 and December 2015. As a data analyst, he was part of the Talent Development department which was responsible for the implementation of the “Plan Cruyff” throughout the academy. During his period at Ajax, Patrick created a performance model to provide insight into the performance of the youth academy. “What is the academy’s return on investment?” was the main question behind this model. The information extracted from the model enabled Ajax to create an environment of high performance and continuous improvement, based on the pillars of “Plan Cruyff”. In service to this model, Patrick created a number of tools for trainers, staff and management, helping them manage their information more efficiently and measure performance on the player-, age group- and academy level. In December 2015, after a period of ongoing disagreement with the Ajax board of directors about the lack of implementation of the Plan Cruyff in other parts of the club, the involvement of Head of Academy Wim Jonk and Johan Cruyff with Ajax came to an end. As a result, Patrick decided to leave Ajax, lacking the belief that the Plan Cruyff would be fully implemented without Johan Cruyff and Wim Jonk. Prior to Ajax, Patrick successfully participated in the honours program of the Sports, Management and Business bachelor at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, including his graduation project on performance management in football academies.