This unit is focussed on providing students with the knowledge and skills to construct a talent development methodology. It will increase the graduates' ability to design training sessions that are tailored to the needs of young athletes according to their biological age and skill level. This unit will assist the students to gain deep knowledge regarding the training tools utilised in the development of young sports players, and to integrate the acquired knowledge with the available scientific literature as well as their personal experiences.

This unit will be offered within a study tour as part of a 5-year partnership agreement between Victoria University and the Real Madrid Graduate School/UEM. The partnership includes different activities focussed on staff and student mobility and it extends onto other courses within the College of Sport and Exercise Science. This unit will be part of a set of two units offered in a 2-week residential period.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptually map and reflect on the successful models of player development to implement them in a plan;  
  2. Critically review and dispute available scientific evidence to inform the development of young athletes; and  
  3. Design and evaluate specific training plans based on the performance models available for different age groups.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Oral Presentation; Implementation of plan 30%
Assignment Reflective journal aimed at crafting a theoretical plan of talent development 70%

Required reading

Fútbol base II: el entrenamiento en categorías de formación:
Casais, L., Dominguez, E., & Lago-Peñas, C., 2010

Williams, AM., Ward, P., Bell-Walker, J. and Ford, PR., Perceptual-cognitive expertise, practice history profiles and recall performance in soccer, British Journal Of Psychology (2012) 103 393- 411

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