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

#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
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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!