Proformance S&C LTAD Pathway FREE Video!

We’ve recently launched the Proformance LTAD Pathway through our LTAD Hub. It is an incredible resource for anyone interested in LTAD. At present it includes our Foundation Phase curriculum. With our Development and Performance Phases to be available to purchase next year.

Our aim through the LTAD Hub is to help Academies, Schools, Clubs and Private Gym owners build and develop their LTAD Pathways. Our coaches have years of experience developing Long Term Athletic Development programmes to optimise the physical development of young athletes in a range of settings including private sector training facilities, state and independent secondary schools and for National Centres of Excellence.

Within the member’s you can access the newly developed Proformance LTAD Pathway that will provide a progressive 3-stage curriculum for developing young athletes. Helping you to build your athletes from the ground up with engaging content and systematic training progressions that can be applied in any setting, with some open space and the standard strength and conditioning equipment.

Check out this video below from our recent Integrated LTAD workshop where Proformance S&C Director James Baker provides an introduction to our athlete development pathway along with its aims, objectives and outcomes.

Join us and our growing network of clubs, schools, academies and private gym facilities around the world by subscribing now!

Alternatively, contact us to arrange a demo and discuss how we can help you in your mission to develop your LTAD Pathway

An Integrated Approach to LTAD workshop

An Integrated Approach to LTAD workshop

In April James Baker and Dr. Mike Young headed back to the UK to deliver a brand new workshop focused on the Proformance Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) Pathway.

The workshop was a huge success with 40 coaches coming from across the UK and Europe to learn about the LTAD curriculum James and Mike have been developing into a resource to help clubs, schools and private facilities around the world develop and implement their own athletic development pathway.

When asked about the workshop, James explained the motivation behind it:

“We’ve been regularly contacted over the past 4-5 years by people wanting to learn more about what we have developed and implemented from a LTAD perspective. With particular interest in the academy and schools based programmes as that sector continues to grow. But it’s just not possible or practical to explain that process in an email. So we set about developing an entire resource through the LTAD Hub and the workshop we delivered is the hands-on practical component that goes with it. Dedicating a whole weekend to the content we’ve been able to give a much deeper insight to the process than ever before.”

The workshop took attendees through the three progressive phases of our LTAD pathway: Foundation (age 10-12 years), Development (age 13-15) and Performance (age 16+).

Covering age and stage appropriate progressions within the key areas highlighted for development within the Youth Physical Development model: Strength, Power, Speed and Agility. There were theory and practical sessions to provide the underpinning knowledge around key areas such as Growth and Maturation that are critical to understand when working with young athletes.

If you missed the workshop you can now purchase the full workshop video set as a standalone on-demand product through our Vimeo On-Demand page.

Alternatively, you can join our growing international community of clubs and schools by signing up to our LTAD Hub to access the workshop videos plus a year round programme, session plans, exercise videos, coach and teacher friendly resources, 20+ hours of video in our Expert Insights from our Child To Champion Conferences.

If you are interested in hosting a LTAD workshop at your club, school or facility email James Baker at james@proformance.pro to discuss it further.

Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Kevin Mannion

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Bio

Kev is currently the Academy Performance Manager at Gloucester Rugby and has been lucky enough to work at some of the UK’s top sporting organisations with some great players over close to 20 years as both a professional athlete and S&C coach. Kev has previously worked at Wigan Warriors, British Tennis and Leicester Tigers.

The landscape for developing athletes has definitely changed in 20 years, but the outcomes each system wants are the same: talented, adaptable, robust (physically / emotionally), athletes that have the ability to continue and enhance the cultural legacy of their Academy Programs, and subsequently transition into senior environments and have long careers in Professional Sport.

Content Overview

During the past 4 years Kev has been working in the Academy programme at Gloucester Rugby and with his team they have implemented a unique programme to develop the person as much as the athlete/player, along the ‘Rocky Road’ to progressing to the professional level.

During the talk he will be discussing:

  • What does the ‘Performance Dining Table’ look like? 
  • How do we influence those sat at it?
  • Working in partnership with parents
  • Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence
  • Implementing the ‘Rocky Road’ through Periodised Challenge
  • Creating A Gloucester Rugby Player – Warrior, Thinker, Doer
  • The Off Field Development Programme

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2019 and hear more from Kev Mannion and many more…

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Kev you can book on to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only

PLUS for the next 5 sign ups get access to our Online Hub up until the conference begins with access to 50 hours of great video content

Already an Online Hub member? Get a further 10% discount on your ticket automatically at the checkout!

Schedule

Roundtables (Sat 27th)

  • Growth & Maturation in Practise (Joe Eisenmann)
  • Developing Speed (Mike Young / Ruth Waghorn)
  • S&C for Football (Paudie Roche)
  • Private Sector Youth S&C (Neil Parsley)

Roundtables (Sun 28th)

  • S&C for Rugby (Kev Mannion)
  • S&C for Schools (James Baker / Ben Drury)
  • Nutrition (Marcus Hannon)

Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Howard Green

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Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Howard Green

Bio

Howard has been the Head of Strength and Conditioning (S&C) at USN
Bolton Arena High Performance Tennis Academy for ten years. He’s
experienced at preparing professional and junior players at WTA, ATP, ITF
and Tennis Europe levels – most notably working with two world number
one athletes, Ana Ivanovic and Laura Massaro (squash).

He is a UKSCA Accredited S&C Coach, an iTPA Certified Tennis Performance
Specialist and has a First-Class Honours degree in Sports Coaching – as well as several coaching qualifications.

He is the director of HGreen TennisFit and co-director of RacketEdge – an
education, consultancy and coaching company for tennis coaches and
players. Prior to coaching, Howard spent six years in the Royal Marines Commandos. Serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He has presented on coordination training and his tennis-specific training
methodology nationally and internationally including the Australian Open
Grand Slam Coaches Conference and WTCA French Open Conference.

Starting The Athletic Journey: Bringing Structure To The Unstructured

In this practical session Howard will be taking you through his approach to starting the athletic development journey with U10s. Many coaches talk about the need for a more unstructured learning/training environment but this can be misinterpreted or leave coaches unsure of what to deliver.

Through his SuperMovers – SMASH programme Howard has created a framework and objectives for developing:

  • Stamina
  • Mobility
  • Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed
  • Strength & Power – via SuperHeroes
  • Honing Sports Skills

In the practical the focus will be on Howard develops the co-ordination element of the SMASH programme. The session will include activities/exercises to challenge Reactions, Balance, Rhythm, Adaptability, Differentiation, Interoperability, Orientation.

Join a community of like minded professionals at Child to Champion 2019 and learn, share and connect with our speakers during a weekend of immersive learning.

Book now and take advantage of the Strength of Science Special Offer and get your ticket to the 2019 event PLUS online video access to the 2016 and 2017 events (worth £550) for only £299.99.

Use the discount code “sos50” to get an additional £50 off at the checkout **ONLY 1 REMAINING!!**

Already an Online Hub member? Get a further 10% discount on your ticket automatically at the checkout!

Don’t miss out…

Child To Champion 2019 #Speaker Focus – Dr. Joe Eisenmann

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Child To Champion 2019 #Speaker Focus – Dr. Joe Eisenmann

Bio

Joe Eisenmann, PhD is a diverse scholar-practitioner with 25 years of experience as a professor, researcher, sport scientist, coach educator, strength & conditioning coach, and youth sports coach. He has published 180 peer-reviewed scientific papers, lectured nationally and internationally, served on several national-level committees and projects involving pediatric sports medicine, youth fitness, youth sports, and strength & conditioning, and has coached and developed thousands of youth and high school athletes and coaches.

In 2012, he founded and directed Spartan Performance at Michigan State University, a youth sports performance training and research center. In 2017, he served as the Director of High Performance and Education at USA Football where he oversaw efforts in long-term athlete development, health & safety, and coach education.

Currently, he is consulting in the areas of long-term athlete development and sports science with Volt Athletics and Sports Performance Tracking. He is also a visiting professor at Leeds Beckett University and leading efforts in long-term athlete development for the the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

Talk Overviews:

Hurricanes, The Stock Market & The Prediction of Future Athletic Ability

Can we predict future athletic ability in youth? Who’s the next target athlete? This presentation will examine concepts and current research in talent identification including genetics, testing and tracking or the stability of athletic traits from child to adolescence and into young adulthood. Lastly, we will consider if we are we doing it right or should we be taking different approaches?

Historical Perspectives on LTAD

The concept of long-term athlete development (LTAD) is not new. Understanding the history of a topic gives us access to the laboratory of human experience so that we can learn from past experiences – good and bad. This presentation will provide deeper insight and critique into LTAD concepts born out of former Soviet bloc with application of the underpinnings to contemporary sport academies and national and local grassroot efforts at improving the youth sport experience.

The Adolescent Speed Bump: History, Assessment & Impact on Performance

The process of growth and maturation occupy the first two decades of life. A major event during this time is the adolescent growth spurt. If you are working with adolescent athletes it is critical to understand this process and it’s impact.

In this presentation the following questions will be addressed: What does growth at adolescence look like? What factors affect maturation? How can we assess maturation? How does growth at adolescence impact performance? How do we control for maturation when testing/monitoring? What is the role of ‘bio-banding’?

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2019 and hear more from Dr. Joe Eisenmann and many more…

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Joe you can book on to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only (ENDS 16/6/19)

Take advantage of the ‘Strength of Science Special Offer and get your ticket to the 2019 event

PLUS online video access to the 2016 and 2017 events (worth £550) for only £299.99.

Use the discount code “sos50” to get an additional £50 off at the checkout **ONLY 2 REMAINING!!**

Already an Online Hub member? Get a further 10% discount on your ticket automatically at the checkout!

Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus: Neil Parsley

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Bio

Neil has played/worked in professional sport for over 20 years. As well as his work in athletics, taekwondo, rugby and football he is the co-founder of Underground Training Station (UTS). For 10 years UTS has provided elite level performance services and facilities to  recreational users as well as semi-pro and pro athletes. For the last 8 years Neil has developed a unique youth training system that is leading the UK in both its innovation and methods of delivery.

The UTS Youth Academy: Fun, Energy & Learning From A Load of Mistakes

During this presentation Neil will highlight his 3 tier system that sees over 100 children coached weekly at the Underground Training Station (UTS) Youth Academy. He will also highlight key factors in the development of the academy, the different types of sessions and activities available including S&C, calisthenics and boxing, as well as mistakes made along the way as they sought to engage a wide range of young people not just talented young athletes looking to progress into elite sport.

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2019 and hear more from Neil Parsley and many more…

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Neil you can book on to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only.

Proformance Online Hub members also get a further 10% discount off the price as well as access to over 40+ hours of videos from our previous conferences.

Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Marcus Hannon

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Child To Champion #SpeakerFocus – Marcus Hannon

Bio

Marcus is an SENr registered performance nutritionist currently working with Everton Academy and Northampton Saints. Marcus has worked with a range of youth and adult athletes across a variety of sports including football, rugby and boxing. Alongside his current roles, Marcus is also completing a PhD at Liverpool John Moores University, investigating the energetic requirements of Premier League Academy footballers.T

Eating you out of house and home: the unique energy requirements of elite youth athletes

Recent research has shown that youth athletes, across a number of sports, have extremely high energy expenditures. It is imperative that youth athletes at least match their energy intake to their expenditure, given the detrimental effects of low energy availability on growth, health and performance. This presentation will cover the most up to date scientific research and will provide some practical advice and strategies that Marcus has used in his practice with youth athletes.

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2019 and hear more from Marcus Hannon and many more…

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Marcus you can book on to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only.

Proformance Online Hub members also get a further 10% discount off the price as well as access to over 40+ hours of videos from our previous conferences.

Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Ruth Waghorn

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Bio

Ruth currently works as a Physical Performance Coach at the Football Association where she oversees the physical development of the Women’s lower pathway (WU15-17).

Her past roles have seen her assist in the physical development in a range of sports including track and field at Speedworks Training track in  preparation for the Rio Olympics 2016, and London World Championships 2017. Before this she worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at British Sailing. Her academic background includes an MSc in Strength and Conditioning, and a BSc in Sports Conditioning Rehabilitation both completed from Cardiff Metropolitan University

Content Overview

Understanding The Place of Speedwork In Team Sport Athlete Development.

This will be a part-theory, part-practical session whereby Ruth will explore the importance of speed work development in youth athletes. She will cover its place within the team sport program, a toolbox for coaches, what to look for when we are coaching, and how to problem solve common technical issues seen in youth athletes.

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2019 and hear more from Ruth Waghorn and many more…

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Ruth you can book on to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only.

Proformance Online Hub members also get a further 10% discount off the price as well as access to over 40+ hours of videos from our previous conferences.

Child To Champion LTAD Conference 2019

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We are very pleased to be able to bring the Child To Champion LTAD Conference for it’s third edition in the UK, providing an unmissable opportunity to learn, share and connect with leaders in the field.

We have been working very hard for the last 6 months or so to pull together a group of speakers that are working at the coalface of LTAD / Youth Strength & Conditioning to share with you their methods and experiences to help you in your own practise.

This year’s event is being held at Hartpury University just outside Gloucester. As one of the leading sports universities in the country this provides us with a fantastic base and facilities to host the event, building on what we have offered before.

Outlined below are the talks and overviews. As it stands we are still finalising some of the speakers and talks so there are still some to be added.

In addition to this we have out Future Leaders programme that has had some outstanding applications this year, it is going to be a really tough job for the Proformance S&C Faculty to decide who to choose!

A big thank you also to our sponsors for their support of this years conference: Nutrition XStrength of SciencePUSH

Speakers – Saturday 27th July

Dr. Joe Eisenmann

Historical Perspectives on LTAD

The concept of long-term athlete development (LTAD) is not new. Understanding the history of a topic gives us access to the laboratory of human experience so that we can learn from past experiences – good and bad. This presentation will provide deeper insight and critique into LTAD concepts born out of former Soviet bloc with application of the underpinnings to contemporary sport academies and national and local grassroot efforts at improving the youth sport experience.

The Adolescent Speed Bump: History, Assessment & Impact on Performance

The process of growth and maturation occupy the first two decades of life. A major event during this time is the adolescent growth spurt. If you are working with adolescent athletes it is critical to understand this process and it’s impact.

In this presentation the following questions will be addressed: What does growth at adolescence look like? What factors affect maturation? How can we assess maturation? How does growth at adolescence impact performance? How do we control for maturation when testing/monitoring? What is the role of ‘bio-banding’?

Ruth Waghorn – Understanding The Place Of Speed Work in Team Sport Athlete Development

During this part-theory, part-practical session Ruth will explore the importance of speed work in the development in youth athletes. She will cover its place within the team sport program, a toolbox for coaches, what to look for when we are coaching, and how to problem solve common technical issues seen in youth athletes.

Learn more about Ruth Waghorn in her #SpeakerProfile

Neil Parsley – The UTS Youth Academy: Fun, Energy and Learning From Loads of Mistakes

During this presentation Neil will highlight his 3 tier system that sees over 100 children coached weekly at the Underground Training Station (UTS) Youth Academy. He will also highlight key factors in the development of the academy, the different types of sessions and activities available including S&C, calisthenics and boxing, as well as mistakes made along the way as they sought to engage a wide range of young people not just talented young athletes looking to progress into elite sport.

Kevin Mannion – Developing Players for Gloucester Rugby: Bringing Parents & Players To The Table

During the past 4 years Kev has been working in the Academy programme at Gloucester Rugby and with his team they have implemented a unique programme to develop the person as much as the athlete/player, along the ‘Rocky Road’ to progressing to the professional level.

During this talk he will be discussing:

  • The concept of ‘The Performance Dining Table’
  • How do we influence those sat at it?
  • Working in partnership with parents
  • Periodised challenge through the ‘Rocky Road’
  • Creating a Gloucester Rugby Player – Warrior, Thinker, Doer
  • The Off Field Development Programme

Learn more about Kev Mannion in his #SpeakerProfile

Nico Kolokythas – Promoting Evidence Based Practise In The Traditional Environment

Ballet is an early specialization discipline based on tradition. Young dancers who enter the vocational dance education at 11+ year of age, participate in 19 hours of structured activities/training, that increases to 27-37 hours at the ages 16-19. Movement proficiency, with a limited movement vocabulary, is the priority of the training, whereas the physical preparedness is neglected. Injury prevalence in pre-professional dancers can reach 75%. Most of the injuries are overuse and in the lower limb.

The focus of Nico’s talk will be on the 3-year PhD journey in a vocational ballet school and how applied research can inform practice for the development of the adolescent dancer. Case studies, cross-sectional and randomised controlled studies that have formulated this PhD will be discussed. Finally, the presentation will also discuss management of change in a rigid environment.

Howard Green – Starting The Athletic Journey: Bringing Structure To The Unstructured

In this practical session Howard will be taking you through his approach to starting the athletic development journey with U10s. Many coaches talk about the need for a more unstructured learning/training environment but this can be misinterpreted or leave coaches unsure of what to deliver.

Through his SuperMovers – SMASH programme Howard has created a framework and objectives for developing:

  • Stamina
  • Mobility
  • Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed
  • Strength & Power – via SuperHeroes
  • Honing Sports Skills

In the practical the focus will be on Howard develops the co-ordination element of the SMASH programme. The session will include activities/exercises to challenge Reactions, Balance, Rhythm, Adaptability, Differentiation, Interoperability, Orientation.

Speakers – Sunday 28th July

Paudie Roche – Olympic Weightlifting For The Youth Athlete

Paudie will be taking attendees through his top down approach to coaching the Olympic Lifts and how to modify the lifts and their derivatives to suit Youth athletes with various dysfunctions. Through the session he will look at teaching the Snatch, Clean and Jerk from the Top Down outlining the various benefits of using this approach and the various phases / derivatives associated with each lift that may be suitable for the athlete you coach.

James Baker – Enhancing LTAD Pathways with Gymnastics & Parkour

Gymnastics and Parkour are two sports that can be incorporated as part of a Long Term Athletic Development pathway that can contribute to developing the all-round athleticism of our athletes in a more creative and free-flowing environment.

In this theory-practical session, James will discuss background research and his rationale for the inclusion of these activities as part of an athletic development pathway and take attendees through a range of practical examples including:

  • Ground Based Movements
  • Bracing
  • Precision Jumping & Landing
  • Rolling
  • Vaulting
  • Climbing
  • Building Athletic Skills Tracks (AST)
  • Utilising AST’s for Assessment

Rich Clarke – Change of Direction Throughout Maturation: A Deeper Look

As part of his PhD Rich is investigating a COD testing battery where through the use of both a 505 test and a linear sprint test we can independently quantify COD ability (via the COD deficit), linear speed and also deceleration ability (via a new deceleration deficit) which allows a much more in depth look at the complex interaction between qualities that contribute to COD performance.

His research is examining how these abilities change throughout maturation. Where large, non-linear increases seen in body mass, stature, eccentric and concentric force production and motor control are occuring throughout the maturation process. What is the impact of the significant changes in this critical stage of development? How does deceleration technique change due to the adjustments required for a heavier and higher centre of mass?

Marcus Hannon – Eating You Out of House & Home: The Unique Energy Requirements of Elite Youth Athletes

Recent research has shown that youth athletes, across a number of sports, have extremely high energy expenditures. It is imperative that youth athletes at least match their energy intake to their expenditure, given the detrimental effects of low energy availability on growth, health and performance. This presentation will cover the most up to date scientific research and will provide some practical advice and strategies that Marcus has used in his practice with youth athletes.

Dr. Joe Eisenmann

Hurricanes, The Stock Market & The Prediction of Future Athletic Ability

Can we predict future athletic ability in youth? Who’s the next target athlete? This presentation will examine concepts and current research in talent identification including genetics, testing and tracking or the stability of athletic traits from child to adolescence and into young adulthood. Lastly, we will consider if we are we doing it right or should we be taking different approaches?

Join a community of like minded professionals at Child to Champion 2019 and learn, share and connect with our speakers during a weekend of immersive learning.

Book your ticket to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only

PLUS for the next 5 sign ups get FREE access to our Online Hub up until the conference begins with access to 50 hours of great video content

Already an Online Hub member? Get a further 10% discount on your ticket automatically at the checkout!

Don’t miss out…