Leicester City’s Academy has always produced a lot of players who have gone onto transition into first team regulars including: Harvey Barnes, Andy King, Hamza Choudhury and Ben Chilwell and going back further: Emile Heskey, Gary Lineker and Peter Shilton.

When the new training facility was being designed a lot of emphasis was put on the design and space allocated to the Academy.

“We have worked with Perform Better for a number of years and they worked closely with the LCFC Academy Performance team from the design stage of our new training facility- we required a number of items of equipment to be designed specifically for our needs which they were able to do. In terms of creating an athletic development gym of the highest standard they have given us multiple options of standards of equipment that allow our staff the ability to programme a variety of exercise progressions in a flexible delivery format and to a large scale group or small group formats. Coupled with some excellent strength diagnostic monitoring equipment for maximum strength, power and speed we can feedback digitally and instantaneously to the players to increase motivation and the educational experience. Perform Better have been heavily involved throughout the whole process and provided us with a facility that exceeded our expectations."

Kevin Paxton, Head of Academy Sport Science


The Academy gym space is a very similar size as the first team area and to help the pathway of players from the Academy into the first team squad-the Club were keen to include some of the same equipment as the first team gym in the Academy facility including: ISO leg extension, ISO leg curl, recumbent leg press and belt squat.

The Academy installed performance squat stands that can be moved off the main gym floor to create more functional space in the facility. In addition to the strength and conditioning equipment Perform Better also supplied a range of sport science equipment including: ForceDecks force plates, NordBord testing system, Optojump systems and Witty Timing systems.


  • Recumbent Leg Press
  • Belt Squat
  • ISO Leg Extension
  • ISO Leg Curl
  • Performance Squat Stands
  • Glute Ham Benches
  • Adjustable Benches
  • Foam Plyometric Boxes
  • DC Blocks
  • Dumbbell Set
  • Kettlebells
  • Speed Sleds
  • Training Ropes
  • Smart Hurdles
  • Tractor Tyres
  • Powerbags
  • Wattbike Pro
  • ForceDecks Max Force Plates
  • NordBord
  • Optojump system
  • Witty Timing System
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