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

Velocity Based Training Workshop with Dr. Mike Young

Mike has adopted Velocity Based Training technology at his facility in the US ( 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


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.


Ian Jeffreys

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.


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.



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.


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


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.

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.

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.


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.

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