Negotiating Periodised training programmes in youth soccer development: A social process

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The purpose of the study was to develop new knowledge about the everyday realities when implementing periodised training programmes in professional soccer Academies. Specifically, this project enhances understanding in relation to 1) those stakeholders involved in periodised training programmes in professional soccer Academies, 2) factors that facilitate and constrain the design, implementation, and monitoring of periodised programmes, 3) the extent to which practitioners perceive that education programmes adequately prepared them for this aspect of their work. Academy managers, coaches and sport science support staff were approached to complete an online survey, with 30 individuals (33.6 ± 9.5 years old) agreeing to do so. Findings highlight that practitioners ‘have’ to adapt their practices accordingly in response to contextually constraining factors. Here, the importance of developing richer insights into the social aspects of work in applied settings, greater recognition of facilitating and constraining factors, and an improved awareness and development of the educational interventions that can prepare practitioners in applied practice is emphasised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-441
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Issue number5
Early online date29 Mar 2024
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2024


  • Team Sports
  • Periodised
  • Work
  • Education
  • education
  • work
  • Team sports
  • periodised
  • survey

Research Groups

  • Practice in Coaching & Teaching
  • Sport & Exercise Performance, Enhancement & (P)rehabilitation


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