Ayr United Football Academy (AUFA) has signalled its intention to be at the forefront of sports science delivery by creating a website devoted solely to the subject.
The website, which can be accessed by visiting www.sportsscience.aufa.org.uk, was designed and implemented following consultations between the Academy’s Head of Sports Science, Tony Bryson, Head of Youth, Davie White, and Under 13’s coach, Ross Armour. Although it is a recent addition, the domain holds a wealth of information that squad members, as well as their families and coaches, can access if they wish to learn about topics essential to the growth of athletes, including nutrition and exercise.
Davie said that this development is a credit to the continued and tireless efforts of his colleagues, and he insisted that it will prove invaluable to users.
“Tony and Ross have worked closely and strived to gather vibrant material that has allowed them to build what is an impressive and fresh website. After Ross came back from his Scottish FA Children’s Licence course, he felt very inspired by the sports science content on show there and wanted to bring what he had learned into practice for the good of everyone here at Ayr United. Both men then put their heads together and decided to facilitate something that our young players could actively engage with in order to boost their awareness of the positive impact of sports science principles on their footballing performance.
“I would like to thank them for creating a quality product that they will now update regularly. I am sure that it will become a first port of call for all players of all ages.”
For those who are looking to pursue a career in a well-known sporting arena, exposure to sports science and its methods from a young age is a healthy practice and one that can only better the level that they reach and their skillset as a whole.
This area of competitive activity, particularly in conjunction with football, is something that the organisation already focuses heavily on.
The goal of the AUFA programme relating to it is to use techniques honed and advice given by trained professionals to identify and rectify player weaknesses so that they can consequently make individual strengths unbeatable. Whilst working towards constant and commendable enhancement, staff support and educate enrolled youngsters in many ways. One of the main points of action is discussing varying parts of their own game, including strength, endurance and agility.
Ultimately, the detailed initiative at AUFA forms an integral element of the shaping of all players, preparing them well for the demands that taking part in anything at a high level brings, and it is hoped that this dynamic online resource and hub will be a contributing factor in arming stars of the future with all of the knowledge that is required to be successful.
Tony, who is charged with overseeing the progression and output of sports science within the Academy, said that having more of an emphasis on what he and everyone connected to the cause are trying to achieve and what their role is will ensure great positives for each of Ayr United’s aspiring talents.
He continued: “After our move to Scottish Football Association Performance Status, the sports science department has put in place a continuous age specific plan for each Academy group. The implementation of sports specific athletic development will, we hope, deliver athletically superior youth players into a professional footballing environment in the future. We, as a department, also aim to educate the players and monitor and build on their physical and psychological attributes, as well as offer guidance on their nutritional habits.”
Considering the relevance of this technological platform, which no other Pro Youth outfit in Scotland provides, Ross, who has been instrumental in its fruition, explained that it would help his under 13’s team as it will be a “useful tool,” vital to making them consider important matters that they might not think about otherwise, such as rehydration.