#ChildToChampion: Simon Brundish – Move Like A Superhero

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Simon Brundish: Move like a Superhero

Without a doubt this is one of the presentations I am looking forward to most because, crucially, Simon is a guy who is out there coaching and  making a massive difference to primary school age children through his physical literacy programme that is running in over 20 schools.

His practical, real-world experience working with such an important age group will provide a brilliant insight to the challenges of working with kids in schools.

He will be presenting his progressive programme of movement skills, fundamental to the development of body control and movement efficiency, the times tables of movement. Giving children the tools to use in sports specific actions such as running, jumping, catching, kicking and throwing.

The programme has been developed from elite sports to provide a structured long term athletic development pathway for 5 year olds through to their pubescent years of physical development. Incorporating the works of one of our keynote speakers, Rhodri Lloyd and Kelvin Giles his system has been developed for use in both Primary schools and youth sports teams. We have 24 levels of 5 exercises, based around the push, pull, lunge, brace, rotate, squat, hinge patterns of Kelvin Giles system.

Simon uses the Superhero’s system to engage the children. each movement has 5 points of good technique each earning a star. The points are aggregated from each level giving the individual children a point average for each exercise, Hulk, Ironman, Spiderman, SilverSurfer and Thing. Their scores are plotted and monitored on a radar chart, looking for outliers to promote ‘gifted and talented’ or help under achievers.

Are you interested in seeing the full presentation at the conference? You can check out the full schedule (including a FREE Velocity Based Training workshop) and buy tickets here.

 

#ChildToChampion – Future Leaders: Kev Paxton

#ChildToChampion – Future Leaders: Kev Paxton

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Last night we took spent some time chatting with Kev Paxton, Head of Academy Sport Science at Leicester City FC, about his upcoming presentation at the Child To Champion LTAD Conference through the Future Leaders Programme.

In the video, Kev gives us an insight to what attendees can expect from his presentation titled: “Age Related Performance Benchmarking” as well as some discussions about how they implement their benchmarking system within the Academy set up.

Are you interested in seeing the full presentation at the conference? You can check out the full schedule (including a FREE Velocity Based Training workshop) and buy tickets here.

 

#ChildToChampion: Ian Jeffreys’ Effective Movement In Sport Overview

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#ChildToChampion – Ian Jeffreys – Effective Movement In Sport: What is it & How To Coach It.

Effective movement is a critical element of elite sports performance, allowing an athlete to maximize their technical and tactical capabilities. In S&C this capability is normally encapsulated in the terms speed and agility, but do these terms actually convey what an athlete needs to develop.

As our academic understanding of the fields have developed there is a danger that we miss the big picture and our practices become removed from the tasks an athlete has to perform in a sport. Adding further complexity is the complex nature of agility, with effective performance being steeped in multiple disciplines, with none able to fully explain agility performance.

This presentation will look at the challenges facing the development of effective agility, and how this needs to be viewed as a journey towards effective movement; a journey with a clear destination and facilitated by the delivery of effective practice at all stages.

For those of you that have had the pleasure of seeing Ian present, you will know this is going to be an unmissable presentation, crucially he is also delivering a practical component to give you plenty of movement training ideas to take home and use in your own coaching immediately! 

If you’d like to be there for Ian’s presentation along with the other top speakers you can book  using the ticketing system below and if you want more info you can see the full conference schedule here

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Child To Champion: Dr. Mike Young’s Presentation Overviews

With the Child To Champion LTAD Conference fast approaching Dr. Mike Young has confirmed the details for his three presentations across the weekend. Having spent a lot of time with Mike last year during his workshop, talking about training and listening to his presentations and practicals I am really excited about this next set of presentations he is delivering. You can check out the overviews below:

 

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Velocity Based Training Theory & Practical (Friday)

Recent developments in technology have permitted easier use of velocity based training methods. This has allowed us to add new metrics such as peak and average velocity and power outputs to our training and testing measurements. In this hands-on lecture, Dr. Young will present on the 4 primary benefits of using velocity based training and give practical applications to incorporate velocity based metrics in to your training and testing. He will discuss best practices for data management, training and testing logistics, and how to incorporate velocity based training in to training on a daily basis to monitor physical readiness and auto-regulate training.

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Best Practices for Developing Speed Across  the Developmental Continuum (Saturday)

Speed is a critical component to practically every sport and you can never be too fast. In this lecture, Dr. Young will present on how to best develop speed across the developmental continuum from youth all the way up through elite and professional. The lecture will delve in to the neuromechanics of speed and how different physical capacities should have varying roles of importance over the course of an athlete’s long term speed development training. Dr. Young will pull from his experience of working with both developmental and elite athletes in individual (athletics, bobsleigh) and team (soccer, rugby, American football) settings.

 

Advanced Techniques for Developing Elite Strength & Power (Sunday)

This presentation will focus on advanced means and methods to help your athletes reach their full potential. The lecture will cater to athletes on the more advanced and mature side of the LTAD continuum who are looking for the final pieces of the training puzzle to reach the next step in performance. Dr. Young will provide examples and techniques he has used with his elite athletes to maximize strength and power.

If you haven’t booked your ticket to the conference yet, don’t miss out on the early bird ticket price of just £185 per person, as those tickets are quickly running out. You can check out the full line up of speakers and grab a ticket here. or book using the ticketing system below

For a taster of the level of expertise you can expect from Dr. Mike Young at the conference you can also check out this trailer from his weekend workshop with us last year…

Future Leader Confirmed: Kevin Paxton – Leicester City FC

kevinpaxtonLCFCWhen we set out on a mission to build the LTAD conference we also totally committed to offering up and coming coaches in the field of Athletic Development the chance to showcase their work.

We are very pleased to be able to confirm Kevin Paxton from Leicester City FC as our first successful Future Leader applicant.

Mike & I have both checked out the slide deck and I spoke to Kevin last week about his presentation ‘Age-Related Performance Benchmarking’ and it promises to be an excellent presentation showcasing the great work being done at Leicester City FC in their Academy set up. 

Kevin will be providing a detailed insight to what the top young footballers in the country are capable of from a physical stand point across the age groups and how they use the testing data to better inform their programmes and assess the success of the department as a whole.

We are currently working through all the other applications and whilst we initially only had one space lined up we’ve decided to expand it due to the quality of the applicants. The final deadline for applications is this Friday, 19th February.

If you are interested in attending to see Kevin’s presentation along with the other great presenters we still have a limited number of Early Bird Tickets available for the conference which you can book here.

 

Child To Champion Full Weekend Line Up

Child To Champion Full Weekend Line Up Announced…

We are really pleased to be able to announce a more complete weekend schedule for the upcoming LTAD conference. When we set out on our mission to build the Proformance S&C network of education events, our main aim was to help coaches improve their practise and further their careers in the field of athletic development.

To achieve this we have set out to provide opportunities for you to:

1) Learn from leaders in the field of strength and conditioning in both a theoretical and hands-on, practical settings. Ensuring you can effectively apply what you learn to your own practise.

2) Build a network, connecting you with other great coaches that you can share ideas and best practises with.

3) Enhance your profile within the industry through our Future Leaders Programme. Through this programme we provide up and coming coaches the chance to present alongside our keynote speakers at our events.

With the following line up we have assembled and the organisations already represented at the event including a number of Premier League Football Clubs, we are confident Child To Champion is a conference that you don’t want to miss.

To make it more accessible we have also just released a limited number of single day tickets for the Saturday and Sunday which you can buy here or at the bottom of the page. Check out the full line up below:

Friday 8th April Pre-Conference 6-8pm

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Velocity Based Training Workshop with Dr. Mike Young

Mike has adopted Velocity Based Training technology at his facility in the US (www.athleticlab.com) so he can share with you his experiences on how to get the most out the technology we now have at our disposal.The session will provide a unique opportunity to work with Mike in both a theory and hands-on practical setting where you will get to use VBT technology which will allow you to gain a deeper appreciation of how to effectively apply and use it with your athletes and teams.

Access to the pre-conference workshop is FREE to full weekend conference attendees

Saturday 9th April 2016 – 9am – 5.30pm

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Dr. Rhodri Lloyd – Plyometric Training and the Young Athlete

Rhodri is currently a senior lecturer in strength and conditioning and the Programme Director for the BSc Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage (SCRAM) degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Rhodri is a qualified physical education teacher, accredited strength and conditioning coach with both the UKSCA and NSCA and has consulted on the long-term athletic development pathways of professional sports organisations including the Irish Rugby Football Union and the Lawn Tennis Association.

 

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Dr. Ian Jeffreys –  Effective movement in sport – What it is and how to build it (theory & practical sessions)

Effective movement is a critical element of elite sports performance, allowing an athlete to maximize their technical and tactical capabilities. This presentation & practical will look at the challenges facing the development of effective agility, and how this needs to be viewed as a journey towards effective movement; a journey with a clear destination and facilitated by the delivery of effective practice at all stages.

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Shayne Murphy – Peak Height Velocity & Injury

Shayne will be presenting some of his research within the Manchester City Academy which investigated the relationship between injuries and peak height velocity in their young players. The results found helped us understand this cohort better and consequently had a positive influence on the training processes with this age group.

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Dr. Mike Young – Best Practises For Developing Speed Across the Developmental Continuum

We’re super excited to have Mike back with us, after the outstanding workshop he ran for us in May 2015. Mike will be discussing the best practises for developing speed at the different stages through the developmental continuum.

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Dr. Neill Potts – Head of Athletic Performance for Scottish Rugby 

Neill will be providing a detailed insight into the system he has implemented with the SRU from the Academy to Elite/International Level. It promises to be an incredible talk looking at the various stages with in the programme and challenges he has faced putting the system in place to produce a number of International Rugby players for Scotland.


Sunday 10th April 2016 9am – 5pm

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Simon Brundish – Move Like A Superhero

Simon has developed progressive programme of movement skills, fundamental to the development of body control and movement efficiency, the times tables of movement. Giving children the tools to use in sports specific actions such as running, jumping, catching, kicking and throwing, Developed from elite sports to provide a structured long term athletic development pathway for 5 year olds through to their pubescent years of physical development for use in both Primary schools and youth sports teams.

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James Baker – Building An Athletic Foundation

James will be providing an insight to the Elite Performance Pathway system implemented at St. Peter’s R.C. High School as part of their secondary physical education programme. James will be discussing how he has applied the latest research and created a progressive system to provide a strong foundation of strength, power, speed & agility for secondary school age athletes to set them up for their progression into high level training environments.

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Kevin Paxton – Age-Related Performance Benchmarking
(Leicester City FC) 

Kevin has joined us through our Future Leaders Programme, and has pulled together a super presentation looking at age-specific performance benchmarking that they utilise at the Leicester City FC who play in the English Premier League. Having seen the slide deck for this already we know it’s going to be a knockout lecture!

TOmRUsgaEISTom Rusga – The Complex Developing Athlete

Tom will be providing an insight to Dynamic Systems theory and how he has applied practically to his work with GB Hockey at the English Institute of Sport.

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Mike Young – Advanced Techniques for Developing Elite Speed & Power

During this session Mike will be providing you with a detailed insight to the advanced techniques he utilises to develop elite levels of speed and power, building on from the presentations earlier in the day to provide you with a tool box of training methods to provide you with the necessary ideas to develop athletes across the entire continuum.

There are also another couple of speakers that are yet to be added to the programme who will be joining through the Future Leaders Programme. Keep an eye out for further up dates to the line up.

FREE Pre-Conference Workshop: Velocity Based Training with Dr. Mike Young

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Well just in case two days of learning from leaders in the field of strength and conditioning at our Child To Champion LTAD Conference wasn’t enough we’ve just confirmed an AWESOME pre-conference workshop on Velocity Based Training with Dr. Mike Young on Friday 8th April between 6pm-8pm.

Mike has adopted Velocity Based Training technology at his facility in the US (www.athleticlab.com) so he can share with you his experiences on how to get the most out the technology we now have at our disposal.

The session will provide a unique opportunity to work with Mike in both a theory and hands-on practical setting where you will get to use VBT technology which will allow you to gain a deeper appreciation of how to effectively apply and use it with your athletes and teams.

Access to the pre-conference workshop is FREE to conference attendees, to take advantage of this exclusive offer you can check out the full line up and sign up here!

Future Leaders Programme

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Future Leaders Programme

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Over the last few months we’ve been working hard behind the scenes developing our education network as we try to build on the successes of last year’s programme of events.

We’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about and establishing a clear philosophy for the network and the events we’re going to run. Something that we were clear on very quickly is that we want it to be a network for coaches that are committed to sharing ideas.

From the events last year, it was clear that we had some super smart people sat in the audience from some of the leading sports organisations in the UK (England Rugby, Manchester City FC, Liverpool FC, EIS, WRU and the Scottish Rugby Union to name just a few) and some extremely sharp up and coming coaches too. I probably learnt almost as much from our attendees as I did from our presenters!

So whilst we are committed to providing opportunities for you to connect with and learn from leaders in the field of S&C from around the world, we also have developed a new element which we will be launching at our first live event of 2016 – The Future Leaders Programme.

What is the Future Leaders Programme?

The Future Leaders Programme is designed to provide members within our network an opportunity to raise their profile in the industry by providing them with a platform to showcase their current work in the field of strength and conditioning.

At our LTAD Conference on the 9th & 10th April which will be announced very shortly we have saved a slot in the programme for a ‘Future Leader’ to step up and present alongside our keynote presenters at the conference to showcase their current work. That line up currently includes Dr. Rhodri Lloyd, Dr. Ian Jeffreys and Dr. Mike Young.

We are now inviting applications from S&C coaches/researchers/lecturers that would like to be considered to present. To apply please contact James Baker by email on james@proformance.pro with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Current role & background in Strength & Conditioning (education, experience etc.)
  • Proposed area/topic to present – detailing what you will cover and how it would be delivered (theory or practical)

**The subject must relate to the theme of Long Term Athlete Development in line with the rest of the conference**

All applications will be reviewed and considered by our panel, and shortlisted applicants will be expected to present to the panel via Skype/Hangout as part of the final selection process.

The successful applicant will receive a full conference package including access to the evening VIP dinner, as well as having their presentation showcased through the Proformance S&C media channels.

If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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