Pacey Performance Podcast

Pacey Performance Podcast #222 - Matt Springham (Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s University and Technical Lead at the Royal Ballet)

January 10, 2019

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Senior Lecturer at St Mary's University & Technical Lead at The Royal Ballet, Matt Springham. Matt comes on the podcast with a wealth of experience in both professional football (soccer) but also in academia. Matt has worked with 4 clubs in the top 2 divisions of English football and has also worked for the Football Association before moving into his current role at St Mary's University. Matt wears a number of hats as part of his role at St Mary's which makes him a very interesting guest in this episode. Enjoy this episode with Matt Springham. If you enjoyed this episode, podcasts with Mathieu Lacome and Martin Buchheit may also be of interest.

  • Who is Matt Springham (education, background and current role)
  • Working with the Royal Ballet
    • Putting structures in place
    • Demands of the sport
    • What 'training' looks like for these athletes
  • Gaining the skills to get a job in football (based on UKSCA article)
    • Is football 'different'?
    • Working at 4 clubs and the FA
      • Key things you learnt along the way

        • Dealing with players & staff
  • Assessing load longitudinally across a season
    • Sneak peak into PhD work
    • What affect density of games has on players
      • Practical ways of dealing with the packed Christmas period

Matt Springham can be found on Twitter @mattspringham

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by Fatigue Science. Fatigue Science combine wearable technology with biomathematical science developed by the US Army to offer fantastic insights into sleep and cognitive fatigue. Fatigue Science can be found at

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is also sponsored by St Mary's University. St Mary's is widely recognised as an international leader in strength and conditioning education. St Mary's University can be found on Twitter @yourstmarys.

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