Child to Champion Event – Creating a Pathway to Elite Performance

Athletic Lab, NC, USA – March 14-15 2020

UPDATE (March 12, 2020): Due to Coronavirus related health concerns and travel restrictions we have been forced to cancel the conference.


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Helping you develop young athletes into high level performers

After 4 years of highly successful events in the UK we are extremely excited to bring the Child To Champion event to the United States for the first time at the brand new Athletic Lab facility in Morrisville, NC.

Must attend event for S&C Coaches

The Child To Champion event has grown into the a must attend event for:

  • Strength and conditioning coaches
  • Sports coaches
  • PE teachers

And anyone responsible for developing youth athletes into high level performers.

Leading S&C Practitioners & Researchers

Through the event we have brought together leading S&C practitioners and researchers providing you the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field and enhance your pathways and programs for your athletes.

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If you work in a professional sports team, local sports club, school or Centre of Excellence you will not want to miss this opportunity:

  • Learn & share with other S&C professionals
  • Connect with leaders in the field
  • Join a community of coaches passionate about the development of young athletes.

Child to Champion USA 2020 Schedule

From hands-on practical sessions to pioneering lectures in the field of S&C, find out what’s in-store at CTC USA 2020.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

Learn exactly what needs to be developed at different stages of the pathway to produce elite level athletes.

Providing you with all the knowledge and tools you need to build well-rounded athletes, that are well prepared for the road ahead.

From foundation to advanced S&C development

Participate in a range of theory and hands-on practical sessions taking you right from foundation level training for youth athletes to advanced methods of developing strength, power, speed and agility for elite performers.

How to analyse and improve young athletes

Learn how to assess, monitor and utilize growth and maturation data with developing athletes. Helping them, their parents and coaches better understand their training needs and current levels of performance.

Highlight video from Child To Champion 2019

Informative, well-delivered presentations & practicals…

“A great weekend at the #ChildToChampion conference! Informative, well-delivered presentations & practicals with great innovative ideas that have made me excited to get back to work! Thank you to the presenters and organisers!”
Ruth Taylor (Marlborough College, Malaysia)

Our Speakers

Leading practitioners and researchers in S&C and Long Term Youth Athlete Development

DR. MIKE YOUNG


DIRECTOR OF PERFORMANCE ATHLETIC LAB / NC COURAGE FC

Mike brings the unique qualities of being a nationally recognized researcher, coach, and educator.

His depth of knowledge and experience in the field of athletic development is evidenced by his stays at all three U.S. Olympic Training Centers as an athlete, sport scientist and coach.


Twitter: @MikeYoung

DR. JOE EISENMANN


VISITING PROFESSOR LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY

A highly recognised expert in the field of Youth Athletic Development.

Joe 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.


Twitter: @Joe_Eisenmann

JAMES BAKER


S&C COACH & SPORT SCIENCE LEAD ASPIRE ACADEMY

James has over 10 years experience developing young athletes into elite performers across a range of team and individual sports.

His work received national recognition when he was awarded the UKSCA’s S&C Coach of the Year for Youth Sport in 2017.


Twitter: @proformance

DR. LAURA MCDONALD


S2 BREAKTHROUGH

Dr. Laura McDonald is a Biomechanist, Athletic Trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with 15 years of research experience in the area of softball pitching biomechanics. As a former Division I pitcher at Canisius College, Laura’s own struggles with shoulder injury fuelled her passion for pursuing biomechanics and injury risk reduction in softball pitchers. Prior to joining S2Breakthrough, Laura worked in higher education as a professor in undergraduate Athletic Training and Exercise Science programs.


Twitter: @LauraATC

KRISTA STOKER


S2 BREAKTHROUGH

Krista Stoker attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she served as team captain and outfielder on the softball team which included a second-place finish in the 2007 Division III World Series. Krista’s coaching experience spans the youth, high school, and college levels and she currently serves as the General Manager for the Orland Park A’s and Head Coach of the 16U Premier team. She also is responsible for hitting instruction and development at S2 Breakthrough.


Twitter: @krista_stoker

MICHEÁL CAHILL


VP OF PERFORMANCE & SPORTS SCIENCE – ATH

Micheál serves as the Vice President of Performance and Sports Science at Athlete Training and Health (ATH), located in Texas, USA. Micheál has previously worked as the Director of Sports Science at Jesuit College in Dallas, catering for the needs of 750 athletes from 21 sports from 2013 – 2018. Micheál completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Ireland before obtaining his PhD at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand focusing on acceleration and resisted sprinting in young athletes, where he is currently a Research Associate supervising postgraduate research across an array of area’s in performance, fitness and health.


Twitter: @MCahillPhD

MICHAEL JENNINGS


DIRECTOR OF HEALTHY BODY AT ATHLOS

Michael has nearly 10 years of experience teaching and coaching at every level. He has a master’s degree in both Secondary Education & Exercise Physiology. Michael is a proponent of physical literacy, long term athletic development & the holistic development/education of all students. Currently he works with the educational service provider, Athlos, as the Director of Healthy Body. Here, he is dedicated to redefining physical education & youth sport through developing innovative curriculum & providing professional development/support for physical educators & coaches in all thing’s movement, fitness, physical activity, social & emotional learning, and youth development.


Twitter: @THEschmike

JOHNNY PARKES


MANAGER PLAYER ID & DEV US TENNIS ASSOCIATION

Johnny is Senior Manager of Player ID and Development for the United States Tennis Association. He oversees the training structure for 15 and under athletes across the USA building the connection between athlete, coach and parent. As a Master Tennis Performance Specialist (MTPS), Johnny’s area of expertise is using a holistic approach to link Athletic Development to Tennis Skill Development. In previous roles, Johnny’s experience spans from working in multiple countries from the foundation with grass roots, to development with junior performance, as well as coaching professional tennis players. Hailing from Great Britain, he played college tennis at the University of New Mexico from 2005-2009 and earned a Masters Degree in Sport Management.


Twitter: @johnnyparkes1
Instagram: @johnny_parkes