#ChildToChampion – Future Leader Focus: Matt Depledge

The Application of Growth & Maturation in Academy Football

Talk Overview:

During this presentation Matt will highlight why understanding growth & maturation and the impact it can have on performance is critical within an Academy football setting. He will then explain non-invasive methods that can be used to accurately ascertain an individual’s maturity status.

Following this he will give examples from his time at Southampton FC highlighting how such information can be used to influence training practice and exercise prescription. He will highlight how such an approach can help each individual, regardless of maturity status achieve their potential.



Matt is an Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach at Southampton FC. He is UKSCA Accredited & holds a Masters degree in Paediatric Exercise & Health and a bachelors degree in English & Sports Science.

Matt has extensive experience working with youth athletes from a wide variety of sports including Rugby, Rowing & Cricket. Matt is passionate about youth athletic development & in particular how quantifying maturity status can optimise individual development.

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