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 to discuss it further.

Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Kevin Mannion



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!

Child To Champion 2020 – Sydney Talk Overviews

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Child To Champion 2020 – Sydney
Speaker Overviews

Ranell Hobson: Developing Speed In Youth Athletes


Ranell has been a Strength and Speed Coach & Coach Educator for over 20 years. Described as “at the forefront of youth development in Australia” and “A true expert in Speed”. In 2019 Ranell was awarded the ‘ASCA Performance Development Coach of the Year’ for her work at the Academy of Sport Speed Australia. Having produced more sub 7-sec, 60-yard dash performances in NSW Baseball’s history (U16 & U18 players) and in her work as S&C Coach of the Premiership winning GWS Fury Premier League U23’s Netball team. Ranell is the creator of the ASSA Speed system which develops both physical and technical competencies for speed, minimising injuries & maximising performance.

Talk Overview

In this presentation Ranell will take you through her systematic approach to developing efficient mechanics for linear speed including the use of warm up as a Physical Readiness assessment for Speed.

Ranell will explain how getting the best out of youth athletes is not just about coaching running mechanics but requires development of Mobility, Stability, Co-ordination, Strength and Power competencies.

This practical session will include:

  • Qualitative Physical Readiness Warm up
  • Technical drills for postural integrity, foot strike, foot recovery and stride cycle
  • Integrating strength and power into youth speed sessions
  • Using attentional focus and external cueing

Dr. Craig Harrison: Formalising Informality – Using Play to Enhance Movement Skill


An expert in youth athlete development, Craig specialises in the physical and mental sides of sport. He is a coach and researcher with a unique ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way that inspires action. Craig teaches youth athletes how to unlock personal performance & fulfil their sporting potential.

Talk Overview

Champions start out in the backyard, on the streets, and in the parks of their local neighbourhood. Or at least, they did a generation ago.

But life has changed.

Structure is now king. Afterschool activities have a start and finish time, a strict programme to follow, and an adult in charge.

Kids don’t play like they used to, and it’s is affecting the way they move.    

In this presentation and practical workshop, Dr Craig Harrison will discuss the acquisition of movement skill in the context of strength and conditioning for kids. In particular, using the latest research, he will present a case for exploring movement in our sessions with deliberate play and ‘formalising the informality’. In the practical will build on this idea by providing a variety of practical examples.   

James Baker: Creating A LTAD Pathway to High Performance


James is a Strength and Conditioning coach and Sport Science Lead for the Track & Field Development and Senior Sprints & Hurdles programmes at Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar. In 2017, James was awarded the UKSCA’s S&C Coach of the Year for Youth Sport for his work developing a school-based LTAD Pathway in the UK.

Talk Overview

In this talk James will present his LTAD pathway looking across three key phases Foundation (11-12 years old), Development (13-15 years old) and Performance (16+). Providing insight to critical considerations and a progressive training curriculum for developing strength, power, speed & agility across the phases. In addition to this he will discuss the assessing and monitoring the development of key physical components to performance in Track & Field as well as how they utilize growth and maturation data in the Aspire Academy Development programme.

Dr. Simon Harries – Rehabilitation: Considerations for Developing Athletes


Simon Harries is a Senior Athletic Performance Specialist at the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL club, where he is responsible for coordinating the rehabilitation of injured players.

He is an accredited Strength and Conditioning coach that has spent the last decade working with elite and developing level athletes across AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Rugby Sevens. He received his undergraduate degree in Physical Development, Health and Physical Education Teaching in 2010 and his PhD in Human Physiology in 2017, both from The University of Newcastle.

Talk Overview

Simon will provide an overview of the rehabilitation framework he has utilised across multiple sports. With a particular focus on highlighting the critical period between the restoration of general athletic capacities and readiness to return to play.

  • Identifying key differences between youth and adult athletes. Discussion of strategies to cater for these differences and determine if successful criteria for rehabilitation programs should be adjusted to meet the needs of developing athletes.
  • Identifying any other considerations relevant for rehabilitating youth athletes from injury
  • Athletic Development scaffold – providing an overview with worked examples utilising a graded athletic development framework to guide the rehabilitation process to ensure restoration of global athletic competency and capacities. Identifying where differences of approach may be required for working with Youth athletes

More talk overviews coming soon!

Don’t miss out on an incredible limited time offer!

We are offering the our best ever conference package with the Child To Champion Sydney “Special Offer Ticket”.

This special offer includes:

  • Full Weekend Conference Pass
  • Fully catered lunch and refreshments
  • Access to the CTC 2019 Conference Online Videos (12+ hours of content)
  • 3 months Access to the Proformance Online Hub (75+ hours of content)

#OnlineHub – October Video Releases

#OnlineHub – October Video Releases

The #OnlineHub is our back catalogue of video content from Proformance S&C Network workshop, conference and webinar presentations. Right now there is over 50 hours of video content that you can stream from the comfort of your office, home or on the move (as long as you have an active internet connection).

Giving you instant access to leading S&C practitioners from around the world including Dan Pfaff (Altis), Boo Schexnayder (LSU), Dr. Mike Young (NC Courage FC/Athletic Lab), Dr. Matt Jordan (Calgary Sports Institute, Brad DeWeese, Alex Natera (GWS Giants), Brad DeWeese (ETSU), Nate Brookreson (NC State), James Baker (Aspire Academy), Simon Brundish (Strength Lab Superheroes).

Our video content is unique in that it covers everything from building a foundation of athleticism with youth athletes right through to putting the icing on the cake with elite level performers.

Each month we release new content into the Online Hub and here are this months releases:

Already a member? Login here or jump straight into the member’s section to start learning from these top practitioners!!

If you aren’t a member, did you know you can trial the Online Hub for a full 7 days completely risk free, with the option to cancel anytime? We offer two options monthly and annual subscriptions.

Members also get exclusive discounts on all our workshops and conferences and our LTAD Pathway (

For a limited time we are offering 25% off monthly subscription memberships. Use the coupon code ‘OnlineHub25’ at the checkout. Offer ends 15/10/2019.


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


Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Howard Green


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


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


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



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


Child To Champion #SpeakerFocus – Marcus Hannon


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.