Anton Blackwood is an international development coach with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, (of which AIA are Global Principal Partner). Here, he shares how the elite players of Tottenham Hotspur approach a performance diet.
“At the club, we’re blessed. If you work at the training ground, the food you eat is the same as the players. While you might not be able to train as much as Harry Kane or Heung-min Son, nutrition is still a core foundation.
If it’s a training day, we encourage the players to make sure they’re fuelling adequately. Carbs for energy, but from wholegrains – brown rice, brown pasta and brown bread.
Nowadays, if you’re a footballer, you’re an athlete – and protein is essential for recovery. That might be your chicken and fish. We’ve also got a lot of vegan players at the club, so they’re getting their protein through [things like] tofu.
Then, they’re getting good fats – which act as a second energy source – which is your oily fish. And, of course, they eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
One thing the club is massive on is water – ensuring every athlete is hydrated. If you’re not getting the fluids in, you’ll get headaches and feel lethargic. That’s equally important for someone working in an office.”