Female Player Interview: Abbie Moore

17 January 2018 Alan Mockford female, womens, performance, fitness, footballfitness

We are pleased to present the second in our series of interview features focused on female players. We were fortunate enough to speak with Abbie Moore of West Bromwich Albion W.F.C. Who was part their Women’s Premier League title winning team of 2015/16. Abbie started her career as part of the successful Wigan Athletic L.F.C. youth set up progressing all the way to her 1st team debut at the tender age of 17.

Hello Abbie, thanks for speaking to us, can you tell us when you start playing football and why?

I started playing football at the age of 7 due to being brought up surrounded by a family of football fans.

Can you tell us about the training you do with your club?

I train twice a week with my club on an excellent 3G indoor pitch, it makes a huge difference to the quality of our training to have use of such great facilities. One day a week is devoted to fitness and game play, whilst the other is focused on the upcoming match on the Sunday.

What other physical preparation work do you do?

I regularly go to the gym throughout the week, as much as my schedule allows. My physical training  focus is on improving my core, upper body strength and explosive power in my legs via weight training.

What have been the best memories in your football career so far?

Winning the league with the various clubs I’ve played for. I’ve been fortunate enough to win titles from youth to senior level. I was part of an incredible Wigan Athletic youth team that won league and cup double without losing a game which was pretty special. That was then topped by being part of the West Brom team that won the Women’s Premier League, literally a dream come true.

What’s been your biggest accomplishment in the game to date?

Without doubt being a part of a team that won both the Premier League and County Cup.

How’s your nutrition currently?

I try to eat as well as I can, especially before training or a match but sometimes it doesn’t go to plan with my busy timetable.

What are your favourite pre and post game meals?

Pre match scrambled eggs and beans on toast. Post match whey protein shake and a roast chicken dinner.

How have your performances developed? What specifically is it that you’ve done that you feel has helped you the most?

Improving my explosive strength has been the most effective thing I’ve done in terms of my performance development, my speed at the start of my sprint has greatly improved.

What do you do to recover from games?

Usually I’ll be on a foam roller trying to loosen off my muscles after the game, I also really value the importance of nutrition and timing when it comes to recovery so il take a protein shake straight after to help speed the process up.

What are your current footballing goals?

To keep playing for as long as I can at my current standard, I understand that if I want to prolong my career then I have to invest in doing the work now, such as mobility work, prep for games and of course recovery.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to the start of your football career?

Always keep trying, you need to have the attitude that if you get knocked down you bounce straight back up,  also don’t let setbacks knock your confidence.

Who are your football role models and why?

Jamie Carragher, he never left anything on the pitch and that’s what I always try to do. The pride he had to play for his club and his desire to win set him above others.

Do you have any pre match routines or superstitions?

No I don’t, next question! 

What advice would you give young females who want to play at the higher levels of the game?

My advice would be to make sure you have the commitment to put the sport first, don’t let anything get in your way. Another important thing would be for young players to not let other people stop you from playing, many will try but you just have to rise above it.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Hard work breeds success, nothing beats hard work if you want to be successful.

How has working with FFF helped you and your performance? 

The Coaches at Football Fitness Federation have assisted my football development for many years, most recently they helped me through my preseason training with a programme tailored specifically to my needs, giving me that extra advantage in my football fitness. The conditioning was matched to the demands of the game, which was vital in maximising my performance on the pitch, this for me is what sets them apart.

Thank you very much for your time Abbie and good luck to you and West Brom W.F.C. for the rest of the season.

No worries, thanks for asking me!

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