Academy Leaps Forward with Appointment of First ‘Strength & Conditioning Coach’

St-Peter-FC-Strength-Conditioning-Coach-Scott-WelshThe St Peter F.C. Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Welsh as ‘Strength & Conditioning Coach’ for all Academy teams from January 2014 onwards. This bold and innovative move by the Academy has been taken to help players achieve their full potential on the field and to develop greater understanding and awareness of nutrition and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle off the field.

As a qualified fitness professional with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) from the University of Brighton and a CYQ Level 3 Personal Training qualification, Scott Welsh will use ‘exercise prescription’ to specifically improve performance in football competition. Strength & conditioning activities will also help footballers with injury prevention.

The initial priorities for the newly appointed Coach will be to measure the initial physical performance of the players and then to introduce a more complete professional approach into training and match day preparation. Players will be assessed to identify physical strengths and areas for improvement.  Guidance and advice will be made available to players including nutritional, hydration, stretching and muscle strengthening to assist injury prevention.

Speaking about this exciting development for the Academy, Chairman Brian Foulser said: “The Strength & Conditioning Coach’s responsibility will be to add an extra dimension to the work carried out by our highly regarded coaching team. The role of Scott will be to assist the football coaches to enhance both our teams and individual footballer’s performance by ensuring that players have every opportunity to become finely tuned athletes. Depending on the assessment of player needs, Scott Welsh will provide exercise routines for improving speed, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance to improve individual capabilities and to help them to reduce the chance of injury.

Brian Foulser went on to say:  “As far as I am aware we are the first youth football club in Jersey to take this pragmatic and advanced step to improve performance by honing the physical capabilities of the individual. We fully accept that the person will only get out what they put in, however we are keen to give them the perfect opportunity to make the most of their talents and to enhance their own performance. The support of our sponsors and particularly that of our lead sponsor the Sanne Group have helped us to raise our aspirations and goals as an Academy and bring this appointment to fruition”.

Twenty one year old Scott Welsh is excited by the challenge of joining one of Jersey’s largest football clubs and particular one that is an FA Charter Standard Community Club. He said: “I am very much looking forward to working as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at the football club where my sporting career began as a 10 year old youth footballer. This exciting new role will give the Academy juniors an opportunity to further improve as athletes, not just footballers. I am confident my appointment will help to enhance the ongoing development of the Academy, which has been made an integral part of St Peter Football Club.”

The club’s focus on developing the player as a responsible, well informed person in addition to being a technically able footballer can only be beneficial for Academy players and the wider Jersey community as a whole. It is therefore clear that now is an exciting time to be involved with the St Peter F.C. Academy.

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