Episode 224: Paudie Roche - LTAD, coaching, and life!

This episodes guest is Paudie Roche!

Paudie Roche is the Head Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach for Arsenal Football club, a position he has held for the past 3 seasons. For 3 years prior to this he was the Lead U.9-U.16 coach and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Physical Development Framework for the Academy. Currently he leads the physical development programme for the U.18 and U.23 squads and works alongside 3 Strength & Conditioning coaches to implement an industry leading programme.

Prior to working at Arsenal Paudie gained considerable experience in a number of sports and in 2008 began work for the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) as the Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach for Munster Rugby. During his time at Munster he was fortunate to also hold the position of Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the National Team and prepared players for the 2011 RBS 6 Nations and the 2011 Rugby World Cup. In his last season with the IRFU he was awarded the title of Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Irish U.20 Squad whom competed in the 2013 6 Nations and Junior World Cup Competitions.

Paudie holds a Master’s Degree from Edith Cowan University as well as accreditations from the National Strength and Conditioning Association of America, the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

In 2015 for his work in Youth Sport, Paudie was awarded the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for Youth Sport by the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association

 On this episode Paudie and I discuss:

  • Paudies background
  • I ask Paudie if he would like to do a PhD?
  • I ask Paudie to describe the day to day process at Arsenal's academy
  • I ask Paudie how he communicates and works with the technical and tactical coaches at the academy
  • I ask Paudie about monitoring 
  • We discuss the importance of making the process stimulating
  • I ask Paudie about Arsenals LTAD model -The Arsenal Arrow
  • I ask Paudie about his own self-management
  • I ask Paudie for his top and current book recommendations
  • Paudie and I discuss the importance of mental training
  • I ask Paudie if he only had one year left on planet earth, how would he spend that year and why?
  • I ask Paudie about his learning process
  • I ask Paudie, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - Linkedin

Twitter - @coach_roche_

Facebook - Padraig Roche

Email - proche@arsenal.co.uk


Podcasts Mentioned:

Pacey Performance Podcast #228 - Paudie Roche (Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach at Arsenal FC)

Pacey Performance Podcast #235 - Paudie Roche (Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach at Arsenal Football Club)



Videos Mentioned:

Bruce Arians A Football Life

Books Mentioned:

The Organized Mind


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James Pattern Books

High Performance Training for Sports

The Strength & Conditioning Coach's Guide to Microsoft Excel


People and Resources Mentioned:

Arsenal Football Club

Munster Rugby

Des Ryan

Mark McManus

Fergal O'Callaghan 

Aidan O'Connell

Edith Cowan University

Cork Institute of Technology 




Setanta College

David Howarth

Aaron Coutts

Liam Hennessy

Greg Lincoln

Ken Gillard

Niall O'Connor

Steve Bould

Noel Carroll

Per Mertesacker

Dan Pfaff

Declan Kidney

Phil Morrow

Functional Movement Systems

Krystian Bielik

Perry Stewart

Sean Cummings

Gary Schofield

Bruce Arians

Joe Gibbs

Leonardo di Vinci

Adee Cazayoux

Mladen Jovanovic

Excel Tricks for Sports

John Lythe

Morgan Freeman 

David Attenborough

Graham Norton


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