Child To Champion – Conference Overview

Conference Overview

After many months of planning and discussions with speakers we are now very close to a complete line up for the Child To Champion LTAD Conference 2017 running April 7th-9th in Gloucester at St. Peter’s R.C. High School.

Our concept for the conference remains the same as last year, in that we wanted to bring practitioners together  with experience working at different stages of the LTAD continuum in a range of different environments and sports. We have again brought in coaches with experience right through from primary school aged kids right through to elite international athletes.

From my experience working with young athletes and implementing a LTAD programme in a secondary school environment, I’ve always felt I needed to understand what the athlete had been exposed to from a physical development perspective and then what they were going to need to be able to do to be able to make the transition to the next stage up from us.

We want attendees who join us to leave with a complete picture of what has been successfully applied and delivered in the wide variety of environments in which we find athletes during their developmental journey including schools, professional clubs and international teams.

The weekend is planned with a mixture of theory and hands-on practical sessions across a range of topics as you can see outlined by the talk titles below. More details will be available soon about all the talks, keep an eye out for the ‘Speaker Focus’ series that will be released through social media in the coming weeks.

Please note that these are working talk titles and the schedule may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances between now and the event in April.

Friday 7th April – Eccentric Training Pre-Conference Workshop (6pm-8.30pm)

Dr. Mike Young – Means & Methods of Eccentric Training

Alex Natera – The Development of Discrete Muscle Action In The Running Based Athlete: Eccentric & Isometric Training Options (Practical)

James Baker – Eccentric Training and the Younger Athlete

Saturday 8th April 2017 (9am -5.00pm)

Ed Archer (Athlete Academy) – Evolving Foundation Movement Skills – The Theory of The Pouncing Cat (Practical)

Paul Caldbeck (West Bromwich Albion FC)– Carpe Diem – Are Academy Players Fit For Purpose?

Alex Natera (Aspire Academy) – Strength & Power Development in the Elite Student Athlete

James Baker (St. Peter’s High School) – Integrating Multi-Directional Movement Skills to Physical Education (Theory & Practical)

Dr. Mike Young (Athletic Lab) – Employing a Newtonian Model for Plyometric Progressions

Sunday 9th April 2017 (9am-4.30pm)

Alex Natera (Aspire Academy) – From the MSSD Programme to Rio – Filling the Physical Literacy Gap – Training To Training and Training To Compete the Aspire Academy Way

Des Ryan (Arsenal) – An Insight to The Arsenal FC Physical Development Framework

Pete Atkinson (England Cricket) –An Insight to the ECB Pace Programme – Preparing the next generation of International Fast Bowlers

Kevin Paxton (Leicester City FC) –  Controlled Change of Direction Progressions underpinning Reaction Games (Practical)

Dr. James McCarron (Sunderland AFC) – Implicit and Explicit Aspects of Athletic Development

Future Leaders (To Be Scheduled)

Matt Depledge (Southampton FC) – The Application of Growth & Maturation in Academy Football

John Radnor (Cardiff Met) – The Influence of Growth & Maturation on Muscle Architecture and Physical Performance

Shane Fitzgibbon – Training the Trunk from Elementary to Elite


Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear from all of these great speakers

If you want to be there you can book on to Child To Champion 2017 here and take advantage of the early bird pricing which includes FREE access to last years video content (worth £150) with the PUSH Early Bird Special Offer.

Paul Caldbeck

Child to Champion – Speaker Focus Paul Caldbeck

Paul is a Strength and Conditioning Coach currently working for Premier League Football Club West Bromwich Albion. He holds a Masters degree in Strength and Conditioning, a Bachelors degree in Sport and Exercise Science, and is due to commence a Doctorate in Applied Sport and Exercise Science with Liverpool John Moores University focusing on sprinting ability in Premier League football.

Alongside his work in football he also works with elite junior tennis players and a University American Football team. He has strong interests in strength and power training and particularly how these lead to improvements in sprinting.

Carpe Diem: Are Academy Footballers Fit For Purpose?

As 1st team S&C coach at West Bromwich Albion FC Paul’s presentation comes from the latter stages of the athlete development continuum. Paul will be asking the question – do these LTAD systems create the desired response when they are required? Are they producing Academy footballers that are ready for professional football in the English Premier League?

Paul will be examining the imperfect nature of the long-term approach when it is applied in the football setting. Using examples of players who have stepped up to the first team this pre-season (aged 16,18 and 19), Paul will look at where they are in their long term development and how this helps, or hinders, them in terms of seizing the opportunity presented to them by being in and around the first term; noting how fleeting and brief this could potentially be.

Are we doing our best for these players when they turn up on day one of pre season, with one chance of creating an impression on the manager? And how can we approach the issue of producing Premier League footballers outside of a textbook model?


Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear from Paul Caldbeck

If you want to be there you can book on to Child To Champion 2017 here and take advantage of the early bird pricing which includes FREE access to the pre-conference workshop for the first 20 people that book.

Alex Natera

Child to Champion – Speaker Focus: Alex Natera

When we began planning Child To Champion 2017 one of the first people I spoke to was Alex Natera, we are really excited to have him join us to present on 3 topics across the weekend which will now also include a pre-conference workshop on Friday 7th April 2017, full details will be confirmed this week.

I’ve been fortunate to spend quite a lot of time over the last year talking to Alex and his colleagues out at the Aspire Academy in Qatar as we’ve been sharing ideas around LTAD and Talent Identification.

If you’ve not heard Alex talk yet, I’d highly recommend checking out the two podcasts he has done with Rob Pacey on the Pacey Performance Podcast – Episode 44 (Part 1) & Episode 45 (Part 2). There is some fantastic content in the discussions and the episodes will give you a great insight of what to expect from Alex at the conference this year alongside the overviews of his upcoming talks below.

The development of discrete muscle actions in the running based athlete- eccentric and isometric training options (Practical Session)

Traditional resistance training, where the successful execution of the concentric portion of the lift is the primary focus, can often under train and therefore under develop the isometric and eccentric muscle actions associated with many sporting demands. In this practical we’ll look at how to emphasise these discrete muscle actions in the development and physical preparation for running based tasks. The technical considerations, progressions and why, how and when to implement each exercise will be discussed throughout this workshop.  The content within this practical will include video, live demonstrations and an opportunity to perform the exercises.

From the MSSD Program through to Rio- Filling in the Physical Literacy “gap” – Training to Train and Training to Compete the Aspire Academy way (Presentation)

In this presentation the Aspire Academy youth development model will be explained from pre-Academy entry to Olympic Games qualification. The world over is facing similar issues in the growing “gap” in youth physical literacy. The presentation starts by looking at the ways we try to bridge this gap in primary schools through our Multi Sport Skill Development Program. An overview of the successful Aspire Academy development model will then be explained from inception to graduating into the scholarship system, and our unprecedented representation at Rio. Specific reference to our philosophy on strength & conditioning and the model that we follow will be discussed along with the many lessons learnt and the continual reflection that has changed our “model”- to be less of a “model”.

Strength and power development in the elite student athlete- the practical application of strength programmes in an elite youth academy (Presentation)

This presentation examines the real life application of programming strength and power development in elite student athlete, with a particular focus on the speed, strength, power athletes. A thorough look at the decision-making processes around programming through the later adolescent stages and how to balance holistic development with performance training. An in depth looks at the KPI’s and strength and power targets are discussed and a look at what happens when targets are met or surpassed. Case studies and the results of various programmes are presented and discussed throughout.

I’m sure you’ll agree the proposed talks sound fantastic and both myself and Mike are really excited to hear Alex presenting.

If you want to be there too you can book on to Child To Champion 2017 here and take advantage of the early bird pricing which includes FREE access to the pre-conference workshop for the first 20 people that book.

 

#HPAD16 Highlights Video

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High Performance Athletic Development Clinic @ Athletic Lab from Proformance Network on Vimeo.

Check out the highlights reel from ‪#‎HPAD16‬ at Athletic Lab back in May – you can hear what some of our speakers thought of the clinic and the concept behind it from Dr. Mike Young. The full video series from the clinic is coming soon which you’ll be able to find along with more great video content here on our website.

The clinic featured a phenomenal group of speakers including: Boo Schexnayder, Bob Alejo, Ryan Horn, Greg Gatz, Mike Young, Alex Carnell, Chad Workman, Keith Scruggs, John Grace and Nate Brookreson that covered a range of topics relating to High Performance Athletic Development.

#ChildToChampion LTAD Conference 2016 Highlights

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#ChildToChampion LTAD Conference 2016 Highlights

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Just under a month ago we were joined from coaches from across the UK and Europe for the Child To Champion LTAD Conference at St. Peter’s R.C. High School in Gloucester.

The weekend was a fantastic learning experience providing an opportunity to learn, share and connect with leaders from the field of strength & conditioning working at all levels of the athletic development continuum.

The video below provides a superb snapshot in to the weekend and the mixture of theoretical and practical sessions that took place.

A huge thanks must go to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the event, the phenomenal speakers and our sponsors Exxentric, Nutrition-X and Perform Better who all played their part in making it a huge success.

You’ll be pleased to know we are already in the planning process for Child To Champion 2017 but in the mean time, if you missed this years event, you can now catch up through the online video series available through our On Demand Service. Check out the highlights reel below.

Child To Champion 2016: LTAD Conference from Proformance Network on Vimeo.

Podcast with #HPAD16 Presenter – Ryan Horn

Podcast with #HPAD16 Presenter – Ryan Horn

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We are really excited to have Ryan Horn joining us to present at the High Performance Athletic Development Clinic at Athletic Lab on the 28-29th May 2016.

Ryan is presenting on “Implementing Technology in Sport” sharing his experiences using technology over at Wake Forest University providing a detailed insight for attendees to be able to take away and improve their use of technology in their own coaching environment.

This great episode of the CVASP Podcast is a superb insight to what you can expect from his presentation at #HPAD16 where he will also be joined by a whole lineup of top coaches including Boo Schexnayder.

If you want to see Ryan and the other top coaches presenting live out at Athletic Lab you can check out the full schedule here or take advantage of one of the remaining Early Bird Tickets by booking up below.

High Performance Athletic Development Clinic – Updated Schedule

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US High Performance Athletic Development Clinic @ Athletic Lab

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Here at Proformance S&C we are committed to providing world class education giving you opportunities to learn, share and connect with leaders in the field of strength and conditioning to help you further your career.

After the phenomenal learning experience last weekend at ‪#‎ChildToChampion‬ in the UK. We are stepping up preparations for the next Proformance S&C Network event the High Performance Athletic Development Clinic out at Athletic Lab in Cary, NC, USA on the 28th & 29th May 2016.

We are extremely excited to be able to confirm the full list of presentations from the main presenters, with our “Future Leaders” programme presenters to be added shortly.

You can grab an early bird ticket here: http://www.proformance.pro/high-performance-athletic-devel…/

Day 1

8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast sponsored by Hammer Strength
8:30-9:45 Boo Schexnayder: Critical Factors in Speed Training Design
9:45-10:45 Greg Gatz: Off Season Training is Really In-Season Part 2
10:45-11:15 Nick Newman (Athletic Lab): Assisted Jump Training
11:15-12:30 Mike Young: Neuromechanics of Speed Development
12:30-1:00 Chad Workman (UNC) Simple strategies for delivering a holistic program in the collegiate setting
1:00-1:45 Catered Lunch sponsored by EXCEL Training Designs
1:45-3:00 Boo Schexnayder: Advanced Uses of Circuit Training
3:00-4:00 Ryan Horn: Implementing Technology in Sport
4:00-5:00 Nate Brookreson: Monitoring Training for Team Sports
5:00-6:15 Boo Schexnayder: Compatible & Complimentary Training Design

Day 2

8:00 Continental Breakfast sponsored by Hammer Strength
8:30-9:45 Boo Schexnayder (SAC Speed): Plyometric Classification and Periodization
9:45-10:45 Bob Alejo (NCSU): Basics of Strength Training
10:45-11:45 Boo Schexnayder (SAC Speed): Teaching Schemes for Acceleration and Maximal Velocity Mechanics
11:45-12:15 John Grace (Athletic Lab): Monitoring on a Budget
12:15-1:15 Catered Lunch sponsored by Connor Sports
1:15-2:30 Boo Schexnayder (SAC Speed): Strength Training Periodization for Speed and Power Sports
2:30-3:00 Future Leaders- Steve Scruggs (USC) Eyes on the Stove | Managing the “Flame” of Speed and Strength Development
3:00-4:00 Mike Young (Athletic Lab): Developing Physical Capacities for Speed & Power

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Mike Young #ChildToChampion Podcast

Mike Young #ChildToChampion Podcast

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of chatting to Mike about his upcoming presentations at the Child To Champion conference on VBT, Best Practises for Speed Development across the Developmental Continuum and Advanced Strategies for Elite Strength & Power Development.

We recorded the chat so you can hear what you’ve got to look forward to seeing if you are attending the conference. There’s a bit of an echo on sound as we didn’t have the best connection via Skype last night, but hopefully you can enjoy it all the same.

If you haven’t signed up yet but want to see Mike deliver these talks live we still have a limited number of tickets available for you to attend the conference. Including just 2 at the discounted Early Bird rate which you can purchase below.

Child To Champion – What were we thinking?

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Child To Champion – What were we thinking?

Now the title probably sounds like we think we’ve made some mistake launching this LTAD conference, far from it! But what we want to do is give you more of an insight into our thought processes as we assembled the line up to hopefully help you understand what you will get out from being part of it!

Our aim as an organization is to help coaches become better coaches to help them further their career by providing opportunities to learn, share and connect with leaders in the field of strength and conditioning. So we are always going to aim to bring in some heavy hitters from the industry!

When we started to plan the event it was initially going to be a youth strength and conditioning conference. So the initial discussions with Ian and Rhodri about getting them involved began back in June 2015 so it has been a long process to get to where we are now with a full line up scheduled.

The concept for the conference evolved as Mike and I spent more time considering the best way to approach the subject of LTAD. I think sometimes we can fall in to the trap of just focusing on where we are in the developmental journey, with few opportunities to maybe communicate with coaches who’ve been involved before us or who we will pass athletes on to afterwards.

From my experience working with young athletes and implementing a LTAD programme in a secondary school environment, I’ve always felt I needed to understand what the athlete had been exposed to from a physical development perspective and then what they were going to need to be able to do to be able to make the transition to the next stage up from us.

It was this thought process that drove us to the final concept for the conference where we decided we wanted to pull together presenters with experience working at different stages of the LTAD continuum from primary school aged kids right through to elite international athletes.

We want attendees who join us to leave with a complete picture of what has been successfully applied and delivered in the wide variety of environments in which we find athletes across their developmental journey including schools, professional clubs and international teams.

At a primary school age range we have Simon Brundish from UK Strength Lab providing an insight to his Physical Literacy programme with a superhero theme and a progressive movement system based around the work of Kelvin Giles and Rhodri Lloyd.

To cover the next age bracket up we have a number of presenters providing perspectives from different environments. I’ll be providing a presentation and practical based around Integrating S&C into Secondary Schools, with an insight to the LTAD system we have running from Year 7 to Year 13 at St. Peter’s High School.

Through our Future Leaders Programme: Kev Paxton and Shayne Murphy will be providing insight from the Premier League football academies from Leicester City FC and Manchester City respectively around age related performance benchmarking and injury occurrence around Peak Height Velocity. Along with Tom Rusga who works at the EIS with GB Hockey will be providing an insight to his work with there.

At the elite end of the spectrum we have Neill Potts and Mike Young bringing their experience working with the highest level athletes. Neill will be walking us through the challenges he was faced developing and implementing a system to produce International Rugby players for Scottish Rugby.

Whilst Mike is bringing his expertise in speed development to discuss best practices across the developmental continuum and also how to put the icing on the cake in the latter stages of the developmental continuum with advanced strategies for developing elite strength and power.

In addition to that we have another two world reknowned coaches, researchers and educators in Ian Jeffreys and Rhodri Lloyd. We are looking forward to Rhodri presenting some of his latest research on plyometric training for young athletes.

Ian will be presenting a theory and practical session on Effective Movement – what it is and how to coach it which will know doubt be superb with his passion and enthusiasm!

We hope you’ll agree with us that this is an exciting opportunity to take a journey across the developmental continuum with practitioners from a wide range of settings. We are really looking forward to the weekend and if you would like to be part of it you can book a ticket here.

At present there are a VERY limited number of Early Bird Tickets available – just 2 tickets remain at the time of writing this.

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#ChildToChampion: James Baker – Integrating S&C to Secondary Schools

#ChildToChampion: James Baker – Integrating S&C to Secondary Schools

Back in September I managed to get my first article published in the UKSCA‘s Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal providing an insight to the LTAD system I have developed and implemented with the help of my colleagues at St. Peter’s R.C. High School in Gloucester, the host venue for the Child To Champion LTAD Conference.

Certainly in the UK, strength and conditioning in schools is still a developing area. It is quite well established in the independent sector with many schools adding S&C coaches to their full time staff, and those guys are doing some outstanding work furthering S&C in Schools

In contrast, in the state sector it remains largely under developed which is something I certainly hope will change in the near future as such a large percentage of young people in our country are educated in the state schools – 93% of them in fact!

The article in the UKSCA journal provides an overview of the programme and some case studies of the impact a year round strength and conditioning within the curriculum has had on the pupils enrolled on the Elite Performance Pathway.

The presentation and practical I will be delivering at the conference will be based around the content covered in the article and will hopefully provide a detailed insight into realistic, effective and engaging ways strength and conditioning can be implemented by state schools; with an insight to our programming at the different stages, how we have applied the research, the challenges we have faced and overcome whilst integrating S&C in to the PE curriculum across 5 school years.

You can download the full article below and you can check out the full conference line up & book tickets here

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Download the full article here