Critical to the success of ASE is our sporting excellence and academy care programme which creates an uncompromising elite training and education environment to significantly contribute to the development of our scholars.
As part of our long term plans to develop a world leading academy system we deliver an environment that promotes excellence, nurtures talent and systematically converts youth into professional student athletes.
To achieve this, our modernised academy system will be regularly and independently audited, updated an improved
The 24 Hour Athlete
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Academy Performance Plan
The Elite Performance Department is staffed by a range of professionals from sports science, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, medicine and performance analysis. It also covers a range of support services, so it is more multi-disciplinary than other departments in the Academy.
The Elite department plan will cover key elements of sports science, strength and conditioning, medicine, physiotherapy and compeition analysis
Sports Science and Medicine Plan: An annual plan which contributes to the Academy Performance Plan. The Sports Science and Medicine Plan provides details of the daily interventions by staff in the area. It focuses on approaches to fitness testing and physical development across ages and phases.
The medical plan should include audit of injuries. The Sports Science and Medicine Plan will usually lead on management of the six and 12-week reviews as part of the multi-disciplinary approach.
Programme and Procedures: Daily delivery of sports science and medicine and associated procedures.
Injury surveillance: Online system for recording and analysing incidence of injury across the development pathway.
Growth and Maturation Screening: Monitoring of scholar growth to reduce/increase training workloads
Sleep Provision: Recording of adequate recovery measures and interventions to enhance engagement and performance
Competition analysis: System of support for training and competition. Competition analysis interventions support the technical and tactical priorities of the coaching staff which should be in line with the coaching and playing philosophy of the club.
Physical testing and Benchmarking: Commitment to periodic measurement of fitness and physical development. These measures are benchmarked by committing the club to the national fitness testing programme which enables the club to gain access to the benchmark measures. The physical testing programme can be used to create baseline measurements of players capabilities and capacities. These baseline measures can be used to support rehabilitation programmes.
The Education Plan
An annual plan for delivery of education and sits inside the Academy Performance Plan.
The Education department: Staffed by qualified teachers. Responsibility of education staff to maintain the education progression of players in the academy.
Education Tracking: Process by which each scholar's education is monitored by the education staff.
Academic targets and progression: Each scholar is set specific academic targets. These targets - and the commitment to progression - is adopted by the clubs and monitored and supported by the education staff in the Academy.
Transition and benchmarking: The movement of scholars through the Academy and the capture of data relating to their education development.
The EMS is the Education Management System – an online system that enables clubs to benchmark the education progression of scholars.
Academy Care/ Education and Welfare: Wider non-formal education and support for players in areas such as mental health and well-being, safeguarding, financial advice, respect and anti-racism initiatives.
Academy Development Plan
Club Culture: Strategy of the club, linked to its history and traditions.
Coaching Philosophy: Technical and Tactical approach to coaching of scholars across the performance pathway to professional level.
Coaching Curriculum: Comprehensive session-by-session programme that identifies the priorities for learning and development at each age group across the course of a season.
Scholar Profiling: Position-specific characteristics that the club prioritises. Scholar profiling will be influenced by the approach agreed in the Philosophy or style of the club
Coaching Model/ Coaching Staff Roles: Staffing structure and processes adopted by coaches to mutually support each other, the scholars and the curriculum.
Coaching Competency Framework: Process by which each coach self-assesses their competency against agreed benchmark measures.
Six and 12-week reviews: Linked closely to the functioning of the multi-disciplinary environment, six and 12-week review meetings take place to assess the progress of each scholar.
They are multi-disciplinary receiving reports from Coaching, Education, Sports Science and Medicine. The scholar will attend the 12-week meeting.
Individual learning plans
(ILPs): Individualised development plans for each scholar . The learning plan will identify the technical and tactical priorities. The Learning Plans will also include prioritisation for physical development and education progression.
Individual Training Sessions
One-to-one training sessions which allow the player to work with the coach on technical aspects of his game as identified in the ILPs. Individual training sessions are distinct from squad-based training sessions where individuals are coached on specific technical and tactical elements in the context of the team.
Take place every 12 weeks during the season and provide parents and guardians with an update on the progress that each player is making. The scholar would usually be present at this meeting and the EMA would usually be used to demonstrate what has been captured/achieved during the period.
Allocated match time in minutes that each scholar gains access to as part of the academy games programme.
Match Analysis: Access to match analysis and clips is also a service provided to scholars.
Academy induction and Exit Procedures
Formally-agreed processes for inducting players into the Academy once the trial process has been completed. Formal exit procedures are designed to provide staff and scholars with a well-defined process which is designed to make the process supportive. The Exit Procedures should include a commitment to future tracking of scholars.
Performance analysis is the use of video, objective data and analytical tools and skills to provide insights and feedback.
Performance analysis helps to accelerate the technical and tactical development of teams and players,
aids in player selection, and helps to determine technical and tactical training requirements and the game strategy.
Performance analysis also includes:
- Tactical analysis of home and opposition teams and systems of play using video and data
- Technical and tactical analysis of players
- Benchmarking of performance
- Trend analysis of teams and players
- Effective live and retrospective feedback
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE AND NUTRITION
England teams and players are supported by a team of specialist coaches and processes with a focus on developing
physical performance and nutritional skills.
Support through physical performance and nutrition helps to improve performance in, and recovery from, international matches and training.
Physical performance and nutrition is implemented through the delivery of and advice on:
- On-field and off-field training sessions
- Preparation plans
- Recovery and preparation protocols
- Methods for monitoring physical performance
- Coaching of nutritional skills and interventions
Specialist practitioners with a focus on developing skills which enable individuals to effectively manage their own emotions and interactions with others are a part of the performances services available to England teams.
Performance psychology is used to help accelerate learning, improve performance and develop greater individual and team resilience under pressure. Performance psychology is implemented through:
- The profiling of people
- Observation of interactions
- On and off-field sessions and advice
- Direct coaching of individuals and teams