Our special pre-season programme for men and women over 35 is underway.
The six-week programme is a pilot being run by Cambridge FC with WaiBOP Football’s Player Welfare Officer Louise Trappitt.
Though it began on February 18, players can still join in by turning up at John Kerkhof Park on Thursday evenings (6.30pm start).
Says Trappitt: “The purpose is to instil good practice around injury prevention and fitness, understanding that bodies might not respond to football in quite the way they did in their 20’s.”
The programme will run for six consecutive Thursday evenings at John Kerkhof Park, starting on February 18, so players complete it before the start of the local season in April.
Main photo: Trappitt (centre) runs a recent workshop for coaches at Cambridge.
Why a special programme?
Since the development of FIFA’s 11+ warm-up programme over the past 20 years, research has shown a clear link between using the right forms of preparation for football and a significant reduction in injuries.
Recovery rates also improve and lead to better performance and more enjoyment on the pitch.
Trappitt’s role in regional football has led to coaching workshops and the introduction of the Fit4Football programmes at clubs such as Cambridge.
Now, she’s applied her knowledge to the needs of over 35s and participants in the Cambridge programme will go into the new season with knowledge and preparation techniques they can use throughout the year.
About Louise Trappitt
Trappitt comes from a physical education and sports science background and has spent time working as a personal trainer, sports coach and high-performance athlete (rowing).
She was also the non-travelling sports scientist for the NZ Women’s U-17 World Cup team in 2018.
She applies a holistic approach to fitness and wellness, saying enjoyment is crucial to success.
Want to join a men’s over 35 team?
Cambridge FC plan to enter a team into WaiBOP Football’s inaugural over-35 competition this season.