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The question this week comes from Gordon, via email; “I’ve just started coaching teenagers for the first time, do you have any advice?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players...

The Magazine

Premature professionalism in youth sport is a growing problem. Environments created to replicate professional sport, ‘elite’ pathways at 8-years-old and coaches removing autonomy from the environment by exerting total control. In this article, PDP Editor, Dave Wright challenges the status...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from David, via the PDP Facebook Page: “How can I help develop a physically mature young player?“   Additional video & reading Masterclass Discussion: Sports Science & Youth Development – Matt Depledge Masterclass Discussion: Talent ID &...

Q&A Videos

This question comes from Craig via Twitter: “What role do statistics play in youth development?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will choose a key question from our community for discussion.  In order to build a broad range of...

Q&A Videos

Enjoy this discussion with Dave Wright and Dan Wright which focusses on the highlights of all PDP content published in March.  Dave and Dan select snippets from some of the best video discussions, articles and research reviews.  

Masterclass Discussions

In this Masterclass Discussion, PDP Editor, Dave Wright is joined by Strength & Conditioning Coach, Matt Depledge.Matt has spent the last four years working for a Premier League Academy in England and is now working in the world of youth development in Tennis.Matt gives us a brilliant insight into his own experience and offers his advice as to how coache...

Masterclass Discussions

We are joined by Sean Reed, former first team coach at Fulham FC. Sean shares some crucial lessons from his coaching journey so far, which has taken him from the academy game to first team. Some of the key topics we discussed were:The academy journey - from age appropriate learning, to emerging trends in academy coaching, and how both formal and informal learning have shaped his coachi...

The Blog

Ranell Hobson of the Academy of Sport Speed & Agility discusses the importance of players developing strength and mobility in their hips, a key attribute for physical performance in football.   I recently spent several weekends assessing the running function...

Research Reviews

N. Balague, C. Torrents, R. Hristovski, and J. A. S. Kelso The Big Idea As scientific disciplines go, sport science is but a babe in the historical woods of science proper. In spite of the fact that the recent evolution...

The Blog

Nick Levett, FA Talent Identification Manager & regular PDP contributor doesn’t sit on the fence. In this blog, Nick discusses the disconnect between academic research and actual coaching. This idea is one of the key motivations behind the establishment of...

The Blog

Are we measuring the stuff that really matters or focussing too much on hard data that neglects the human element of development? Former FA Talent Identification Manager & now Head of Talent & Performance at UK Sport, Nick Levett discusses...

The Blog

Are you a scientist or more of an artist? Is coaching an art or a science? These were questions asked of UQ’s coaching and sports psychology research group last week and this post explores the possibility that science and accounting...