Elite Performance Pathway
Established in 2012 the EPP is now a world renowned programme, which has introduced many schools and professional academies to an effective framework that has been replicated for youth athletic development. This programme has seen many of our children go from strength to strength, with both athletic and psychosocial qualities developing along the journey. We are confident that our approach to long-term athletic development is unrivalled locally and nationally as a result of the years of progressive investment, research, and growth to provide the best opportunities for our children. From this, many children will “graduate” from the programme and achieve both nationally, internationally, and professionally.
Our values are built around discussions we have had as a department and our sports networks to develop a progressive curriculum that develop the key habits of a successful student athlete. We build our processes around four key values:
We have invested in specialist equipment specifically designed for use by young athletes in order to be able to deliver a youth resistance training programme that is safe and effective.
Throughout the programme athletes’ growth & physical fitness levels are monitored through a range of fitness tests carried out at various points throughout the academic year. The results are then used to determine the training programmes that are appropriate for each individual athlete at a given point in time.
The programme is set out in a series of stages, as outlined below (figure 1.2). An athlete’s progress through to a higher level of training is based upon them demonstrating technical competence at the previous levels*.
*It is important to note that growth and physical maturation may at times result in the need for an athlete to revisit lower levels to re-establish the required mobility & fundamental skills to be able to train at the higher levels.
EPP - Training Progression Pyramid (Figure 1.2)
Advanced Resistance Training – Complex multi-joint resistance exercises using higher loads from equipment such as barbells, dumb bells & at times bodyweight.
Basic Resistance Training - Multi-joint resistance training exercises using lower loads from the athlete’s own bodyweight and equipment such as resistance bands and medicine balls. For example, press ups, horizontal pull ups, plank.
Mobility – Exercises and drills to develop appropriate levels of mobility & flexibility to enable correct execution of resistance training exercises.
Fundamental Movement Skills – the development of proper technique through basic movement skills e.g. acceleration, deceleration, changing direction, jumping, landing & throwing.