#11. Neil Collins
Neil Collins @_neilC_ is the academy sports science lead at Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, which is a category one academy of the English Championship club Wolves.
[Correction...in the podcast I introduce Neil as the Head of Academy Sports Science, this is my mistake as Neil is actually the lead sport scientist]
Neil is responsible for the optimising the long term athletic development of the club's youth athletes, with a view to successfully developing athletes capable of playing for the clubs first team. We cover a lot of topics in this episode, especially the development of u7-u16 players to get them as ready as possible for the demands of elite first team football.
In this Episode you will learn:
Who is Neil Collins and what did his pathway look like to get into professional sport
Long Term Athletic Development - Philosophy and implementation
How to increase s&c contact time with academy players
How to go about introducing strength and conditioning concepts to young players
How to monitor training load within an academy setting
How young coaches can get in to professional sport