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The LTAD Network Podcast

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A podcast for Parents, Sports Coaches, PE Teachers, Support staff and anyone else interested in Youth Athletic Development! Our mission is to support grassroots coaches in the development of youth athletes.Here you'll find interviews with technical coaches, support staff, researchers and former athl… read more


Oliver Morgan (Celtic FC Academy): Creating autonomy in a professional football academy.

Oliver Morgan holds a BSc Sport & Exercise Sciences from University of Birmingham, an MRes in Talent Identification from Coventry University and is currently completing a Professional Doctorate at Liverpool John Moores investigating CODs match demands. He spent 8 seasons at Liverpool FC holding a variety of roles across a variety of squads. From U12s-16s squads and from General Sports Scientist to Rehabilitation Fitness Coach. In January 2019 he moved onto to take the role of Head of Academy Sport Science at Celtic FC.

In this episode Oliver discusses:

  • The difference between philosophy and strategy.

  • His process of Diagnosis, Guiding Policy and Coherent Action.

  • Keeping the best interests of the player at the centre of decision making.

  • Celtic's aim of creating Champions League standard players and the extreme demands required.

  • The 4 component parts of a Champions League player.

  • Giving athletes choice and why autonomy plays such a large part at the academy.

You can keep up to date with Oliver via Twitter: @oliverjohnm .

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