Child to Champion – Speaker Focus Paul Caldbeck

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.

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