Pacey Performance Podcast

From Olympic hockey gold to European football: what we can learn from other sports with Rick Cost (Head of Performance at Feyenoord)

April 22, 2021

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of Performance at Feyenoord Rotterdam, Rick Cost. After speaking to previous podcast guest, Callum Walsh about how much of an influence Rick has been on his practice, it was essential to get him on the podcast. After winning the Olympics with Netherlands field hockey, Rick switched sports, however, he brought a lot of what he had learned with him. He clearly has made a huge impression at Feyenoord and has developed a deep understanding of the demands of the game. In this episode we get a glimpse into the inner workings of 15 times winners of the Eredivisie.

In this episode, we discussed...

  • Who is Rick Cost (background, experience and current role)?
  • Periodisation
    • Philosophy
    • Influences
  • Rotation of players
    • Philosophy
    • Objective vs subjective decision making
    • Results and evidence of success
  • Small sided games
    • ...vs full sided games
    • Benchmarks
    • Linking physical and technical outputs
    • Quality, intensity and volume

Rick can be found on LinkedIn HERE.

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