In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of Performance at Preston North End FC & Founder of Colour-Fit, Tom Little. Over the last 5/6 years, Tom has become a really good friend of mine and it was great to finally get him on the podcast. Tom has had a fantastic career in football, working for Birmingham, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and most recently Preston North End. I was lucky enough to have Tom’s PhD research back in 2012 to use for my undergraduate research project which we briefly discuss at the start of this episode. Over and above his full time role at PNE, Tom has founded Colour-Fit, a software solution designed to simplify the main goals of sports nutrition, performance, health and body composition which we chat about towards the end of the episode.

If you enjoyed this episode with Tom Little, the recent Football Roundtable Podcast may also be of interest.

Hope you enjoy this episode with Tom Little.

In this episode we discussed…

  • Who is Tom Little (background, education and current role)?
  • Weekly periodisation strategies
    • Philosophy
    • Practice at PNE
    • What hasn’t worked for you in this area
    • Tactical periodisation
      • Influence on English football
  • Skill based conditioning
    • Philosophy
    • Research in the area
    • Practice at PNE
  • Colour-Fit
    • Side hustle to proper business
    • Game Changers…?
    • Nutrition philosophy for athletes

Tom can be found on Twitter @drlittletom

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 150 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs’ Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company’s unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

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