Pacey Performance Podcast

Working in a Premier League academy, bio-banding, and being a ‘career academy coach’ with Paudie Roche (Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach at Arsenal FC)

February 21, 2019

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach at Arsenal, Paudie Roche. Before moving to Arsenal in 2013, Paudie worked with the Irish National rugby union team, Munster Rugby and also with University College Cork. He was also crowned Coach of the Year (Youth Sport) by the UKSCA in 2015 so Paudie comes on the podcast with serious pedigree. I have been wanting to get more coaches on the podcast who work in youth development and Paudie certainly fits that bill, especially having being called a 'career academy coach' by his boss at the Arsenal academy, Des Ryan.

Hope you enjoy this episode with Paudie Roche.

  • Who is Paudie Roche (education, background and current role)
  • A 'career academy coach'
    • Progressions
    • Personal development
  • The Arsenal approach to physical development
    • Functional competence
    • Movement skills
    • Integrated conditioning
    • Planning & periodisation
    • Levels
  • The coach-athlete relationship
  •  Bio-banding
    • Developmental vs chronological age

      • Management of this
  • Holistic development
    • Culture
    • Nutrition

Paudie Roche can be found on Twitter @coach_roche_

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