Join The 1% With The Matchfit Elite 1-1 Fitness & Mindset Transformation Programme - For Aspiring Pro Footballers Aged 12-23
  • Players who are not committed to their training
  • ​Players who need to be persuaded to put in the work
  • ​Players who often get lazy or blame others for their lack of success
  • ​Players who are not serious about wanting to play at the highest level
  • ​Players who expect overnight results
  • Players who want to step up to pro club, 1st team or international level
  • ​Players who know they should be playing at a higher level but can't seem to break through
  • ​Players who are driven to succeed and become the best possible version of themselves
  • ​Players who want to master their mindset on the pitch and physically dominate any opponent
  • ​Players who want to know that every session they complete is moving them another step closer towards a pre-determined goal
"Physically I was quite small, and wasn’t very quick, powerful or strong. I now have access to top football fitness, nutrition and psychology coaching. It isn’t just general training, it's very specific and all aspects have a direct relevance to match specific movements and events. I'm a lot quicker over both 5 and 30 yards, a lot more powerful and a lot stronger in both my upper and lower body.

If like me you’re at a professional club lower down the football pyramid like league 2, definitely apply as individual work can be the difference between being good at that level and being the best."

Harry Baker
  • A Fully Personalised Strength & Conditioning Programme built around YOUR body, goals & weekly schedule
  • 24/7 Direct Messenger Access to a sports psychologist and sports nutritionist (as well as your personal mentor and S&C coach)
  • ​​A Dedicated 1-1 Personal Mentor who will guide you & keep you accountable to your training & goals on a daily basis
  • ​An In-Depth Body & Movement Analysis to identify your current athletic strengths & areas for improvement
  • A Fitness Testing Report so that we have factual data about where you're currently at & what you need to focus on
  • ​Daily Tracking of your training workload & progress
  • ​Expert Mental Mastery & Nutrition Guidance & implementation
  • Fully Customised meal plan
  • Live Zoom sports psychology workshops
Hey 👋 I'm James Donnelly, a FSI Master Football S&C Coach from England, UK.

Over the past 15 years I've helped thousands of footballers take their game up to the next level, by unlocking higher levels of speed, strength, stamina and injury resilience.

Many of the players who have followed my training have been able to step up to Pro level, and some have even been called up to represent their country.

As a player I spent 9 years at English professional club Wycombe Wanderers FC and represented England Schoolboys U18's before suffering a career ending injury and being told I could never play again.

Determined to make a comeback, I went to University to study Sports Science in an effort to better understand my injury and forge a miraculous comeback.

After 4 years of trialing and testing different training strategies and designing my own S&C programme, against all the odds I did manage to make a comeback to competitive football, playing in Australia and facing the Hyundai A League Champions Brisbane Roar in my first comeback season as captain.

Obsessed with sharing the astonishing and little-known benefits that strength and conditioning can have on a footballers performance level, I began teaching what I had learnt.

Since then I have continued to specialise in football S&C, most notably gaining a Masters in Football Strength & Conditioning from the Football Science Institute, where I was directly mentored by some of the worlds top sports scientists, currently working at clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona & PSG.

In 2015 I created Matchfit Football, and built a team of other specialist coaches to help me reach and impact more players. To date we've helped over 50,000 footballers from all over the world discover the benefits of becoming truly "Matchfit".

Id' love for your son/daughter to be our next success story!
Barney Wren (Sports Psychology)

✅ Barney has a Masters in Sports Psychology and is a member of the British Psychological society. 

✅ He works with the youth academy at a top Premier League club, supporting players mental performance all the way up to first team level. 

✅ Alongside that and supporting Matchfit players, Barney also provides psychological support and frameworks for the GB Hockey team players and coaches. 
Shaun Ward (Sports Nutrition)

✅ Shaun has a PhD in Sports Nutrition, a MSc in Sports Nutrition and a BSc in Nutrition. 

✅ He's worked privately with several top-level footballers since completing his Masters. 

✅ Previously worked as a Performance Nutritionist with Science in Sport (SIS).

✅ Was closely linked with Manchester United during his time with SIS, supplying players with personalised advice on supplements and nutrition plans. 
Yianni Kyriacou (S&C Coach & Personal Mentor)

✅ Yianni works alongside all Matchfit players on a daily basis guiding them through their inductions and providing 1-1 support and accountability throughout the season.

✅ He has an MSc in Strength & Conditioning, is an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach from the UKSCA and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist from the NSCA. 

✅ Worked in pro football at both Leyton Orient FC and QPR. 
The Matchfit Elite 1-1 programme is specifically designed for players who are looking to take their game to the next level with the aim of stepping up to pro club, 1st team or international level.

Through a combination of expert coaching and individualised training, we will help you reach your full potential both physically and mentally.

The programme combines expert fitness training and nutrition guidance with cutting-edge sports psychology techniques to help you make significant progress on the pitch over the coming months.

Our coaches will work with you 1-1 online to develop a customised training plan to help you improve your strength, speed, and endurance, while our sports psychologist will help you build the mental toughness and focus you need to perform at your best on the pitch.
We start with an in-depth assessment of your current fitness and mindset, allowing us to create a customized plan that addresses any weaknesses and helps you achieve your goals.

From there, we will guide you to improve your strength, speed, agility, and endurance through targeted workouts and drills.

To truly succeed at the professional level, you NEED to have the right mindset. 

That's why our program includes 1-1 direct message support and regular group sessions with a mental performance coach, who will help you develop the mental toughness, confidence, and focus you need to perform at your best under pressure.

We teach players how to manage their emotions, stay focused and motivated, and make smart decisions on and off the pitch. We'll work with you on visualization techniques, goal setting, and other mental strategies to help you perform at your best when it matters most.

Throughout the programme, you will receive ongoing support and guidance to ensure that you are consistently making progress and reaching your full potential.

You will be trained via our state-of-the-art training app, which is specifically designed to help you reach your goals faster.

By the end of your programme, you will be in the best shape of your life, both physically and mentally, and ready to take on the challenges of professional football.
If you're a budding footballer with aspirations of turning pro, you know that the competition is fierce. Only the top 1% of players get signed to professional contracts, and you want to make sure you're among them.

Do you want to join the elite 1% of players who make it to the top? Our programme is here to help you get there.

Don't let another season pass you by – join us today and start your journey towards the 1%!
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If you're interested in applying for the Matchfit Elite Programme, book a free call with one of our expert coaches below.

During the call, we'll discuss your goals and determine if our programme is the right fit for you.

If after discussing your goals we feel you are a strong candidate, we will outline the different options available and help you choose the best option that fits your budget.

We understand that everyone's football journey is unique and that budgets can vary. That's why we offer a variety of options.

Please make sure all decision makers are present on the call and are ready to make any necessary payments to reserve your spot if offered a place (and you would like to work with us).

Click the button below to book your free call and apply for the Matchfit Elite Programme. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Matchfit Elite Programme covers both in and off season, and you can start at any stage of the season. For players aged 12-23 of all positions.

Please Note: All players must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the call.
  • Access to a gym or basic gym equipment at home (a selection of weights and resistance bands).
  • ​​A local park or 20m x 30m area.
  • ​A minimum of 3 x 40 minute time slots per week.
  • To be coachable and open to new ways of training and thinking.
  • ​To be committed to achieving your goals and not prone to making excuses or being lazy, this is a programme for winners.
When Are The Training Sessions?
Your training sessions will be outlined for you on the app each day for you to follow and will be moulded around your schedule. You will be guided by James in each pre-recorded exercise video which makes up your session. You will not be doing the session live on camera with a coach (this is logistically impossible and inefficient), however our coaches are available 24/7 via the app instant messenger.
Why Is This Better Than In-Person Sessions?
To experience lasting results from strength and conditioning training as a footballer, three things are vitally important (1) consistency (2) the timing of the sessions (3) tracking.

(1) Consistency

Professional players and clubs understand the importance of consistency in improving athletic performance and injury resilience, and will do some form of S&C based training (guided by specialist S&C coaches) almost every single day. 

For players below that level, normally (until now) the only option to try and match this quality of training, to prepare themselves for pro level football, would be to do multiple in-person sessions per week with a specialist coach, if they can find one in their local area. At anywhere from £100-£200 per session you can see how the cost quickly escalates to even complete 1 weeks worth of training, making this level of training impossible to access for many players who often need it the most. 

These costs are obviously not a barrier for players on top pro contracts, who have the cost of the training covered by the club and also have the means to pay for in-person sessions on an ongoing basis should they want to.

(2) Timing

Whether a player wants to develop their strength, speed, stamina, mobility (or all of these at the same time), the timing of the session is very important in relation to the outcome which is desired. If you do the wrong type of session at the wrong time, you could see limited progress, increase risk of injury and also decrease your performance level in a team training session or match. A footballer has many things to juggle during a typical week, so consistently training in an inefficient way can have huge implications on the pitch. This is not a problem for a footballer at a pro club, the club manages their entire schedule, have full context of their week and can implement the right type of session at the right time for maximum benefit.

If you do manage to find an affordable in-person coach, you are limited by that coaches availability. Let's say you want to work on your speed but they only have time slots available for you just after you've finished team training...your neuromuscular system will already be in a fatigued state, making attempting speed training a fruitless use of your time. This is just one example.

(3) Tracking

Tracking your workload is extremely important to ensure you are not over or under training and increasing your injury risk. Pro clubs will track every players workload, but seeing an in-person coach who has little context of what else you have done that week will be stabbing in the dark as to what workload is appropriate for you on that day, at that time.

Our online training solution solves all of these issues and gives you access to pro level coaching (and results!). Like the pro's you can be guided by specialist trainers every day, we can track your workload, have full context of your week, place sessions that you can perform at exactly the right time for maximum results and be flexible and adapt to weekly schedule changes. All at the same time as providing 24/7 1-1 support, saving you the time and energy of travelling to in-person sessions, protecting your precious recovery/down time and being a fraction of the cost! 

Heck, our players even get access to things as part of this package that pro players DON'T or would have to seek elsewhere, giving you the opportunity to actually get ahead and thrive against them when you attend trials.
Where Are You Located?
Our coaches are located throughout the UK however we run the programme fully online so we can train players any time, from any country.
Is It For Male & Female Players?
Yes absolutely, we have both male and female players currently enrolled on the programme. We cater for both youth and senior players (starting from age 12).
Do I Need Much Equipment?
To be even more efficient with your time, we recommend having some equipment at home so there are as few barriers as possible to you consistently completing your workouts each week. 

A standard gym will have everything you need, but if you want to be set up to train from home here is an ideal list (if you don't have any of these we can be very adaptable and mould your programme around what you do have):

1. A selection of weights - can be kettlebells, dumbbells, or a barbell with weight plates - if I had to pick one I would go with kettlebells
2. Selection of resistance bands
3. Swiss ball
4. Bosu or some form of stability cushion
5. TRX or suspension trainer
6. A bench
7. Pull up bar
8. Medicine ball
9. A set of cones (if you have hurdles and agility poles too then great)
Will I Get Much Personal Attention?
Yes, from the moment a player enrolls they are connected with their personal coach who guides them through their induction, testing, analysis and report and checks in with them mutliple times per week, all within the app. From day 1 they are also connected with James and his entire coaching team via the app messenger for 24/7 1-1 support. That means every Matchfit Elite player has access to their own specialist strength & conditioning coach, sports psychologist and sports nutritionist. Players can also attend bi-weekly live zoom sessions for further support around the topic which is being covered.
What Makes You Different?
As a player I (James) spent 9 years at a professional club in England, trained with the 1st team, represented England Schoolboys at U18 level and also suffered a career ending injury which put me out for 4 years. 

Throughout those experiences I gained invaluable insights into what it takes to become one of the select few who gets signed as a professional footballer. I saw what qualities at a young age those players who made it to the very top possessed, players who went on to play in the Champions League, and represent their country at the European Championships and World Cup. 

I also saw why some incredible technically talented players failed to make the cut. The key things which always stood out where athleticism, physicality and mental strength. Technical ability is important sure, but once you reach a certain level every player is technically gifted, it's the athleticism and mindset which gives certain players the X Factor.

At university I was assigned my own personal strength and conditioning coach who helped me make phenomenal progress with my injury, this inspired me to specialise in football strength and conditioning helped me create a programme which got me back to playing competitive football against all the odds. 

14 years on I have learnt from the very best sports scientists in the world, and built a team of coaches with a combined 40+ years experience to help players like you compound their technical talent with elite physical and mental capabilities on the pitch, to give them the best possible chance of fulfilling their true potential. Many of the players we have helped have been able to step up to pro and international level.

However, for me the most unique and valuable thing I'm able to offer any player is empathy to a vast array of situations you may experience. I understand what it's like to attend pro and international trials, get released, make the cut, be told you can never play again, feel lost, go from extreme highs to crumbling lows, make miraculous comebacks and everything in between that you can expect on your journey to becoming one of the 1%. 

My hope is that you see Matchfit not just as your coach, but as a supportive community who will do everything to help you on your journey to the top.

Together we will not chase success, but rather help you gain the qualities which ATTRACT success, making the journey a whole lot more enjoyable :)
How Can You Guarantee Results? 
Our training is based on science and the application of our combined expertise. We collect fitness data when we first start working with a player and then retest throughout the process, tracking everything along the way. This enables us to constantly monitor your progress and make any relevant changes which are specific to you. This combined with our track record of delivering results for thousands of players has lead to a system which is tried and tested and we can mould to any player with extreme confidence that they will make significant progress. 

We're so confident in our system that if you apply everything which we set out for you and you don't see satisfactory progress within just the first 90 days, we will provide a full hassle-free refund.
How Much Time Will I Need To Train?
Example shedule during the season which can be tweaked week to week:

3 x 30-40 min gym-based sessions per week (can be done from home and of varying intensities)

1 x pitch based session per week (15 mins quality work)

1 x 10 min pre-match/training priming routine (can be done at home or in changing room)

1 x 20 min recovery routine (can be done at home)

A combined maximum of 3 hours per week will be required to see progress like all of the players above during the season. In the off season, this training dose will increase bespoke to your needs.
Is Ball Work Included?
We add the ball into our fitness based sessions where appropriate, but we focus on fitness and mindset, we do not focus on teaching ball mastery.
Is Nutrition & Mental Coaching Included?
Yes. Each player has access to our nutrition and mental mastery video courses that they make their way through at their own pace alongside their training programme. You also have 24/7 direct message support from our sports psychologist and sports nutritionist within the app to help you apply what is taught in the videos. Our nutritionist will also create a customised meal plan for you as part of your induction. You can also attend our bi-weekly live zoom sessions which provide both nutrition and psychology support.
Is It Easy To Follow?
Absolutely. Everything is clearly laid out for you to follow within the app and we will ensure you know how to use all of the app features as part of your induction.
Will I Risk Over-Training
No. With our unique system we can track both your physical and mental state and workload on a daily basis and identity if the training dose needs to change for whatever reason.
What If I Get Injured?
If you happen to get injured in a match you have 2 choices. We can give you training which enables you to keep training but without using the injured region, whilst you rehab your injury, or we can pause your training until your injury is rehabbed, extend your final date and then restart.
What If I Can't Do A Session?
Our team is here to remove stress not add more! Simply let your personal coach know and they will adjust your week with the best possible solution. We are not aiming for perfect, we are aiming for consistent adherence which requires flexibility.
Can I Track My Nutrition?
Yes, our app has the functionality to enable you to track everything you eat and drink.
How Is The Movement Screen Carried Out?
You will follow James on a pre-recorded video and perform the same simple movements whilst someone at home records you. You will then send this video to us via the app messenger for analysis.
How Is My Season Periodised?
Please watch the video above "How The Programme Works" for details.
How Do I Get The App?
Once enrolled we will invite the player to download the app and create their training account, they can access this both on laptop and via the mobile app. This app is not available to the public and is accessible by invitation only.
  • A Fully Personalised Strength & Conditioning Programme built around YOUR body, goals & weekly schedule
  • ​​A Dedicated 1-1 Personal Mentor who will guide you & keep you accountable to your training & goals on a daily basis
  • ​An In-Depth Body & Movement Analysis to identify your current athletic strengths & areas for improvement
  • A Fitness Testing Report so that we have factual data about where you're currently at & what you need to focus on
  • ​Daily Tracking of your training workload & progress
  • ​Expert Mental Mastery & Nutrition Guidance & implementation
  • Fully Customised meal plan
  • Live Zoom Workshops (Psychology & Nutrition)
  • 24/7 Direct Messenger Access to James & his coaching team (details above)
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