All strong buildings need solid foundations, and it’s no different when it comes to developing a fit and strong football team.

Knowing your players, how you want them to play and preparing them for the physical challenges they will face is vital for any successful side.

The age of the player, their position on the pitch, and their gender will mean the approach to readying them for the physical demands of the game, and maintaining their fitness levels over a period of time, will differ.

It’s therefore important when planning a training programme for coaches to begin with the end in mind.

In the first module of the MiMentor Conditioning For Football CPD course, our experts will teach you about how to structure a fitness programme specifically for your team.

Football Conditioning coach Mark Armitage and Nick Harvey, who between them have more than 20 years’ experience working in professional and international football, help coaches understand how to make players better able physically to compete and train at higher levels.

The course introduces the Conditioning Continuum, and looks at how you can use integrated training methods, as well as more isolated work, within your player or team-specific training sessions.

Mark and Nick also investigate the importance of strength in the modern game and how it can both support on-field performance as well as help avoid injury.

The course also highlights the science and theory behind a warm-up, sharing some video examples for you to take away.

The aim of this module is to help you as a coach to understand how to apply this knowledge in your own environment, whether you’re at a professional, semi-professional or grassroots level.

We are currently offering FREE access to the Structure & Philosophy module for a limited time, to help you prepare for the rigours of a hard season.

So, give it a go, click here to start the course and take your coaching knowledge to the next level.

If you’ve not yet signed up to MiMentor, click here to register for free and gain access to this and even more free coach development content.

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