In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast I am speaking to Head of Sports Medicine & Athletic Development at Arsenal Academy, Des Ryan. Des was one of the first people I reached out to when I first started the podcast, however, because Des was new in his role at Arsenal, it wasn’t quite the right time. However, 6 years later Des has now been in the role for nearly 8 years. Although we chatted about Des’ role at Arsenal, Des is very passionate about improving the industry, especially for the next generation of coaches. The need for a union to help protect practitioners is really gaining some momentum so this formed a large part of this episode which is absolutely fascinating and very exciting.

If you enjoyed this episode with Des Ryan, you will enjoy these with Paudie Roche and Darren Burgess.

In this episode we discussed…

  • Who is Des Ryan (background, education and current role)?
    • Arsenal academy
      • Philosophy
      • Staff
        • What you look for?
    • Strength and conditioning union
      • What would that achieve?
      • Who should be the drivers?
    • How to make the step from coach to manager
      • What a manager role entails
        • Developing a vision, mission, objectives
        • Running injury audits and season reviews
        • Presenting to senior management
        • Leadership skills that help make a productive department
      • How to develop the above skills while still at the coaching stage
    • Universities
      • Problems with the current system
      • What needs to change for the betterment of the next generation of professionals?

Des can be found on Twitter @DeasunO

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