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PFS-Athletic Development System

Our athletic development system is used, whether we are working with young players at a professional club or working with a young player at our training centre, and is designed to meet the needs of the player.

This development system has been built from the analysis of testing and working with over 3,000 young players during the last 3 years. The results of the detailed testing have been extraordinary and in the main a real cause of concern for athletic development with young players. The study and analysis has been carried out with young footballers nationwide but we are sure our findings do not just relate to football but all young players in all sports. To address these concerns we developed the athletic development system.


To know how we can best help each player we need to get a “snap shot” of that players current physical level of ability.

To do this we carry out testing sessions with each player on a regular basis. These testing sessions will either consist of a full set of both biomechanical and physical tests, biomechanical, or movement competency based.

17-biomechanical tests
5-physical tests
Anthropometric analysis

From the detailed analysis of the testing results, each player then has a biomechanical training plan designed for him. This will also address any muscle imbalances present, as well as a biological age specific athletic development plan

The biomechanical analysis that we carry out on each player really gives us the starting point for each players athletic development. Through our research/analysis of so many young players it has become evident that core movement skills which were once common place amongst young athletes are no longer evident. Serious issues exist regarding flexibility, mobility and stability. These are the fundamental attributes required before we are going to produce athletes capable of complex movement skills.

The PFS-Athletic Development System biomechancial analysis testing battery is the most comprehensive employed anywhere for young football players. This testing battery looks at posture, mobility/flexibility (5 tests), stability (5 tests) and movement skills (7 tests). Each player is then awarded a score out of 51. From this score the player is then assigned his biomechanical training plan which is specific to him and will focus on the area most important to his biomechanical development as well as addressing any imbalances the testing battery has found.

This biomechanical training plan is called “daily movement homework” and each player undertaking the programme is expected to carry out this 20 minutes of specific movement homework at least 5 times per week. Our research has shown that the adaptations required by these young players from a biomechanical perspective will take place over a 6 week period, providing the programme is adhered to on a daily basis

“One size does not fit all”-this is the mantra on which the PFS-Athletic Development System is designed and built. To enable a young player to develop, the programme must be designed to suit him and his biological age, not his chronological age. He may well play in the u12’s but he could have a biological age of either 9 or 14. For every player we work with we calculate their biological age (years from PHV - peak height velocity) and in many cases identify whether they are an early, intermediate or late developer.

Once we have this information we can then produce their biological age specific athletic development sessions. These sessions are built around core athletic skills that each player requires as they grow.We have created detailed athletic syllabuses for the following age bands:

u6-u9 age groups-Essentials
u10-u13 age groups-Train to Learn
u14-u18 age groups- Train to Prepare
u18+ age groups- Train to Perfect

At the younger ages u6-u9 and u10-u13 in the main these will be generic athletic skills. Once a player passes 14 then these sessions will also enhance generic athletic skills but will also add sport specific athletic development skills.

These sessions are termed our “weekly sessions” and are carried out either once or twice per week depending on the players timetable
Tools for development

The PFS-athletic development system provides you with tools to support the development that you are undertaking. You have access to an online diary where you can record on a daily basis whether you have undertaken your individualised biomechanical work- “daily homework” or biological athletic session “weekly work”.

The training programmes are in 6 week blocks and each 6 week block finishes with a task. This task will relate to an area of your biomechanical and biological athletic development you are focusing on for this current 6 week period. You only need to undertake this task once but you should be able to complete the task if you have been adhering to the training programme. Record in your diary whether you have been succesful with this specifc training period task.

Also each block of work that you undertake will be supported by a set of learning outcomes, which will be relevant to the work you are undertaking and will give you information as to the purpose of undertaking this work during this training period.
Time Frame

Athletic Development is like any other form of development and requires to be worked on on a regular basis. Athletic Development is not a “short term fix” or something which will improve “dramatically over night”. Athletic Development is a long term process and just as you undertake different subjects and levels of learning through your academic development at school, the same can be said of your athletic development as you grow and mature different aspects/ components of your training will change and will require to be worked on. Our Athletic Development system is designed to provide you with these different aspects/ components at the right time.

If you work hard on your biomechancial development which is aimed at providing you with efficient movement skills then all the other components/facets you require as you grow for your chosen sport will be much easier for you to develop.

Athletic Development is a long term process and requires a lot of hard work, application and determination for you to reach your full potential
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