Wasps Academy are delighted to announce an official partnership with Speed Works, to be the official supplier of speed coaching, profiling and to support coach education for Wasps Academy.
The Speed Works training system has been constructed by head coach and founder, Jonas Dodoo and is a culmination of practical and theoretical research into elite talent development.
As part of the partnership, Dodoo will work with the Academy players and support the development and delivery of the Academy speed programme, as well as mentoring the Academy Strength & Conditioning coaches by running development days.
Dodoo has been involved in athlete development for the past decade working with the likes of Rugby Sevens Olympic silver medalist Dan Norton, England Women’s Natasha Hunt and a number of other international and Premiership rugby players. Further to this, he has helped to develop an incredibly fast group of young sprinters, five of whom represented GB at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics and all are between the age of 19 and 22.
Wasps Academy programme has undergone a period of rapid expansion over the past three seasons. The Developing Player Programme, which is the initial entry point for players across Wasps’ region, now has upwards of 350 players being coached on a regular basis by Academy staff. There is a full match and training programme with over twenty games for the U15, U16 and U18 squads. Wasps’ Academy regularly plays against other Academies from England, Wales and Ireland as well as playing in the Academy U18 league.
Academy Performance Manager Ian Taplin has long been an admirer of Dodoo and his coaching and is excited about what he will bring to the set-up.
“Wasps Academy are constantly looking for ways to enhance the quality of the coaching and learning opportunities for our players and coaches. We look forward to working with the support staff in the process of moving these talented juniors into high performing senior players.
“Developing speed that can be applied on the pitch is a central driver of the Academy physical development programme and we are really looking forward to having someone of Jonas’ quality as part of our team.
“He is one of the top speed coaches in the country and he will challenge and develop what we do. That can only be good for ensuring that we continually improve and produce the best players and coaches to support the aims of the Academy and club as a whole.”
Dodoo has broken down the barriers of complex training methods, to simplify what experts do and apply this to a number of different sports. Dodoo explains that, “the output across all sports is ultimately the same, we provide a program that concurrently develops speed, strength and agility, whilst promoting professionalism and a performance mindset.
“Over the past decade, I have learnt the difference between good and great when it comes to the processes required for youth talent transfer. What impresses me with Wasps Academy is they are hungry to get more out of an already successful culture. I am excited to help Wasps Academy build on the excellent philosophy they already have in place.”