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Agility Sessions for Pre-season Football

With the new season approaching and pre-season training underway I’ve found myself going through sessions in my head whilst running! Having taken part in many sessions-some so un-specific to football I’m left wondering what is the point?! This has led me to devise an agility session which I think is as specific as they come (in relation to developing agility/agility endurance for football).

Here’s the  Agility_session I came up with for personal use during pre-season. It involves an initial set-up of cones and allows for many modifications when training. I aimed to make the session as specific as possible to football by including a variety of changes of direction. I also modify sets, reps and recovery periods to develop different components of fitness. For pure agility/speed/acceleration I allow greater recovery time and work at maximal. I also use it to work my muscular endurance/agility endurance and lactic acid energy system by working for longer, resting for less etc.

I also aim to integrate the session into my teaching with my GCSE students when delivering the “principles of training” (Specificity, Progression, Overload, Reversibility, Tedium). I plan on letting them try the session, modify it to make it more specific to their sport, then as homework comment on a wallwisher wall relating the principles of training to the session.

As always I welcome any comments.


New Football Resources FREE

I’ve recently posted some new football resources on my website: http://www.blainconsultancy.com/Services_PaperBasedResources.html

Firstly, take a look at a match day template for illustrating your team and set play moves you may have. This is ideally used by printing and laminating so it can be written on with a whiteboard marker and wiped clean then re-used.

The second free resources available are the football role information sheets. These have a detailed analysis of each individual position within the common 4.4.2 football formation. These are ideal for use in schools if teaching positioning and/or tactics and also with youth players to enhance their understanding of what is required in different positions. They will also help any new coaches who are looking to enhance their own knowledge and understanding.

I’ll be posting new resources soon, both for education and sport.