Category: Grassroots and development

Category: Grassroots and development Reviewing the performance environment to nurture player development

Producing the world’s leading academy system Developing professional football players is a complex process. Following an independent review of young player development published by the English Premier League and the Football League in 2011, the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) has turned the lenses on improving home-grown talent in England. The EPPP continually references the need to develop an elite environment within academies to ensure that home-grown players prosper. By further understanding the impact the performance environment has upon perceptions of performance, coaches, practitioners and academy managers can further understand the organisational adjustments required to create an optimal performance environment for player development. The performance environment in youth football Pain and Harwood (2007) examined the performance environment of the England youth U18 and U17 teams, and the following factors were determined to specifically influence the environment: planning and organisation, physical environment, tactical factors, development and performance philosophy, psychological factors, physical

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