22 May Paudie Roche
Lead Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach
Arsenal Football Club
Paudie Roche, MSc, CSCS, ASCC, ASCA, is the Lead Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach for Arsenal Football Club, a position he has held for the past 5 seasons. For 3 seasons 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. In line with this, he is responsible for the management and mentoring of these coaches as well as ensuring that the world-class Performance Centre is maintained to the highest standard.
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 aid in the development of 2 players whom have gone on to play for the national team and the British and Irish Lions. In line with his duties at Munster, Paudie held 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 who 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 his quest to pass on some of this knowledge he has been a Tutor on the Resistance Training Module for Setanta College for over 4 years. 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.