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Youth S&C Lecture Slides

Youth S&C Lecture Slides

Last week James headed out across the country to Fulham FC and Northumbria University to deliver a series of lectures and practical sessions looking at the application of Youth S&C within a secondary school setting.

You can check out the slides from the lecture which covered:

  • Current Issues in Youth Sport
  • Early Specialisation
  • PE Provision
  • Physical Literacy
  • The Physical Decline in Youth Populations
  • Current Youth S&C Research
  • Applying the research to build an LTAD System

Following the lecture the groups headed out on to the fantastic indoor track facility at Northumbria University to get practical for a Speed and Agility session that covered key areas for developing these components utilising Movement Games that are utilised in the Elite Performance Pathway system.

The practical included:

  • Underpinning Strength & Power Components
  • The PAL Paradigm – Posture, Arm Action & Leg Action
  • An integrated approach to the warm up
  • Acceleration basics
  • Movement Games to challenge specific movements – hip turn, directional step, lateral shuffle and cutting.

If you like the sound of the lecture and practical James will be delivering a similar theory and practical session at the Child To Champion conference in April. At present you can get access to the full weekend conference, pre-conference workshop and FREE access to all of last years videos courtesy of Train with PUSH through their Special Early Bird Ticket but there are only a few of these tickets remaining.

Child To Champion – Speaker Focus: James Baker

 

Child To Champion – Speaker Focus: James Baker

Integrating Multi-Directional Movement Skills to Physical Education

In this combined theory and practical session James will be introducing the curriculum of movement patterns used for developing agility at the Foundation level of the Elite Performance Pathway system.

This session will cover the range of movement patterns he uses for starting and stopping, lateral movements, non-linear movements and various cutting actions as well as a range of games that are used to set the context for more basic closed drills; as well as providing a more engaging, reactive environment that challenges the perceptual-cognitive components of agility.

Eccentric Training and the Younger Athlete

In this talk James will be providing an insight to the practical application, integration and progression of eccentric training across the Foundation, Development and Performance phases of the Elite Performance Pathway programme at St. Peter’s.

James will provide specific details around how eccentric training fits in to the overall training and session planning, along with a variety of methods of eccentric training including the use of the kBox flywheel training system.

Bio

James is a UKSCA accredited strength and conditioning coach and qualified PE teacher. He has created and directs the Elite Performance Pathway (EPP) at St. Peter’s R.C. High School a state secondary school in Gloucester. The EPP is a 7-year athletic development pathway integrated into the school PE curriculum that currently supports over 140 gifted and talented young athletes aged between 11-18 years old competing in a wide range of sports.


Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear from James Baker

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.

Child To Champion – Conference Overview

Conference Overview

After many months of planning and discussions with speakers we are now very close to a complete line up for the Child To Champion LTAD Conference 2017 running April 7th-9th in Gloucester at St. Peter’s R.C. High School.

Our concept for the conference remains the same as last year, in that we wanted to bring practitioners together  with experience working at different stages of the LTAD continuum in a range of different environments and sports. We have again brought in coaches with experience right through from primary school aged kids right through to elite international athletes.

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.

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 during their developmental journey including schools, professional clubs and international teams.

The weekend is planned with a mixture of theory and hands-on practical sessions across a range of topics as you can see outlined by the talk titles below. More details will be available soon about all the talks, keep an eye out for the ‘Speaker Focus’ series that will be released through social media in the coming weeks.

Please note that these are working talk titles and the schedule may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances between now and the event in April.

Friday 7th April – Eccentric Training Pre-Conference Workshop (6pm-8.30pm)

Dr. Mike Young – Means & Methods of Eccentric Training

Alex Natera – The Development of Discrete Muscle Action In The Running Based Athlete: Eccentric & Isometric Training Options (Practical)

James Baker – Eccentric Training and the Younger Athlete

Saturday 8th April 2017 (9am -5.00pm)

Ed Archer (Athlete Academy) – Evolving Foundation Movement Skills – The Theory of The Pouncing Cat (Practical)

Paul Caldbeck (West Bromwich Albion FC)– Carpe Diem – Are Academy Players Fit For Purpose?

Alex Natera (Aspire Academy) – Strength & Power Development in the Elite Student Athlete

James Baker (St. Peter’s High School) – Integrating Multi-Directional Movement Skills to Physical Education (Theory & Practical)

Dr. Mike Young (Athletic Lab) – Employing a Newtonian Model for Plyometric Progressions

Sunday 9th April 2017 (9am-4.30pm)

Alex Natera (Aspire Academy) – From the MSSD Programme to Rio – Filling the Physical Literacy Gap – Training To Training and Training To Compete the Aspire Academy Way

Des Ryan (Arsenal) – An Insight to The Arsenal FC Physical Development Framework

Pete Atkinson (England Cricket) –An Insight to the ECB Pace Programme – Preparing the next generation of International Fast Bowlers

Kevin Paxton (Leicester City FC) –  Controlled Change of Direction Progressions underpinning Reaction Games (Practical)

Dr. James McCarron (Sunderland AFC) – Implicit and Explicit Aspects of Athletic Development

Future Leaders (To Be Scheduled)

Matt Depledge (Southampton FC) – The Application of Growth & Maturation in Academy Football

John Radnor (Cardiff Met) – The Influence of Growth & Maturation on Muscle Architecture and Physical Performance

Shane Fitzgibbon – Training the Trunk from Elementary to Elite


Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear from all of these great speakers

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 last years video content (worth £150) with the PUSH Early Bird Special Offer.

Child To Champion 2016 Online Videos

Back in April we ran the incredibly successful Child To Champion 2016 LTAD Conference which brought together some real leaders in the field of S&C to discuss all things related to the topic of Long Term Athlete Development. Speakers across the weekend presented their work from various stages of the developmental continuum right from primary & secondary schools through to professional academies and elite international sport.

Now you can catch up on a fantastic set of lectures from the conference from Mike Young (Athletic Lab/Proformance), Simon Brundish (UK Strength Lab), Tom Rusga (EIS), Kevin Paxton (Leicester City FC), Shayne Murphy (Manchester City FC), James Baker (St. Peter’s High School/Proformance) and Neill Potts (Scottish Rugby Union).

The video series is now available to purchase online here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/childtochampion2016

Below you can check out the trailer and what a few attendees had to say about the conference:

“Huge thanks to the Proformance team for collaborating leaders within long term athlete development. Child To Champion 2016 was exceptional CPD” – Tulshi Varsani

“Child To Champion 2016 conference did not disappoint! One of the best CPD events yet!” – Mark Read, Academy Conditioning Coach. Malmo FF, Sweden.

“Amazing weekend at the Child To Champion 2o16 Conference, lots of exciting stuff to put into play. Time to start the revolution” Ben Weaver.

Child To Champion 2016: LTAD Conference from Proformance Network on Vimeo.

We are busy working on pulling together the conference for 2017 be sure to keep an eye out for details of the conference in the coming months.

Historic Performance Podcast #62 – James Baker

This past week Proformance S&C’s James Baker was interviewed on the Historic Performance Podcast with James Darley about his work in Youth Athletic Development at St. Peter’s R.C. High School in Gloucester, England.

At the school he has created and integrated a long term athlete development system – the Elite Performance Pathway (EPP) – into the state school Physical Education curriculum.

The EPP is a unique program that has re-defined what can be offered by state secondary schools. Athletes are provided with high quality strength and conditioning, hands-on nutrition lessons, applied psychological preparation workshops, lifestyle and injury management.

In this episode, James talks about the EPP philosophy, performance testing for development stage athletes ranging from 14 to 16 years of age, and annual strength & conditioning planning.

Overview of Podcast Episode

Here is a brief outline of what they covered in the show –

  • James’s Background + S&C Journey
  • Creating the EPP program at St. Peter’s R.C. High School
  • The EPP Philosophy
  • Annual planning and structure for development athletes (14-16 years)
  • Performance testing & evolution of the process
  • Data collection to validate programs
  • Future of PE in England
  • Recommendations of PE Teachers + S&C coaches wanting to work with high school athletes
  • How to contact?

You can listen to the full episode of the podcast here and if you have an interest in learning more about training young athletes you may also want to check out the online video series from the 2016 Child To Champion LTAD Conference.

 

 

#ChildToChampion LTAD Conference 2016 Highlights

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#ChildToChampion LTAD Conference 2016 Highlights

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Just under a month ago we were joined from coaches from across the UK and Europe for the Child To Champion LTAD Conference at St. Peter’s R.C. High School in Gloucester.

The weekend was a fantastic learning experience providing an opportunity to learn, share and connect with leaders from the field of strength & conditioning working at all levels of the athletic development continuum.

The video below provides a superb snapshot in to the weekend and the mixture of theoretical and practical sessions that took place.

A huge thanks must go to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the event, the phenomenal speakers and our sponsors Exxentric, Nutrition-X and Perform Better who all played their part in making it a huge success.

You’ll be pleased to know we are already in the planning process for Child To Champion 2017 but in the mean time, if you missed this years event, you can now catch up through the online video series available through our On Demand Service. Check out the highlights reel below.

Child To Champion 2016: LTAD Conference from Proformance Network on Vimeo.

#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

Building Future Champions – Pre-Event Details

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Ian Jeffreys – Building Future Champions

We are hope you are looking forward to this event as much as we are!

It promises to be a phenomenal experience working up close and personal with Ian as he brings a vast amount of experience from years of training junior athletes.

Please arrive for 9.15am with the start scheduled for 9.30am

Schedule for the day:

9.15am – Welcome & Introduction
9.30-10.15am – The Need for LTAD
10.15-10.30am – Break
10.30-12noon – The Future Champions system – a flexible objectives based approach to developing the modern athlete
12.00-12.45pm – Lunch
12.45-1.15pm – Developing Effective Future Champions sessions
1.15-2.15pm – Developing Effective GameForce
2.15-3.30pm – Developing Effective Gamespeed
3.30-3.45pm – Break
3.45-4.30pm – Developing Effective Game-metabolism
4.30-5.00pm – Putting it all together

How to find us

By Car

St. Peter’s High School is on Stroud Road, Gloucester, GL4 0DD

Address: Sports Pavilion, St. Peter’s High School, Stroud Road, Gloucester GL4 0DD.

 

On Arrival at St. Peter’s:

Upon driving into the main car park, drive towards the main steps and follow the road around to the right. Follow the side road down to the bottom car park and park near the tennis courts. The Sports Pavilion is visible behind the tennis courts, use the glass fronted entrance and we will be registering upstairs in the Pavilion suite.

By Train

The nearest train station is Gloucester – please see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Should you have any issues on the day then please contact James Baker on 07730608188

Food & Drink

We will provide light refreshments in the form of water & fruit with Tea & Coffee available over lunchtime as well.

Lunch is not provided, so please be prepared and bring your own lunch.

There is an Esso garage & Co-op nearby should you need to go and pick up lunch during the breaks.

Mobile Phones

Please note attendees are not permitted to either film video footage or record audio from any of the sessions with the workshops. Anyone who is found doing so will be asked to leave the event.

If you have any questions between now and the event or any issues on the day please either contact James Baker on 07730608188.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

 

#SandCinSchools Project

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#SandCinSchools Project

The opportunity…

5 years ago I started working with schools in Gloucestershire to build Gifted and Talented S&C programmes, bringing what I’d learnt through the UKSCA to everyday school children. In total, working with Ed Archer at the Athlete Academy, we established 7 such programmes in the area (some which are still running now) but the experience at times was frustrating as schools/parents weren’t able to sustain the level of funding to keep the programmes running. It made me realise there was a phenomenal opportunity to develop athletes that lay in the hands of the PE teachers, given the time they get with the kids and that they have a captive audience that is not dependent on funding to keep going.

However, then & even now the focus of most PE teachers is predominantly the development of sport specific skills.  Yes they do some fitness work but not with the kind of systematic approach required to produce high level athletes time and time again. In many cases (but not all) it’s delivered as Health & Fitness Unit of Work (6-8 weeks) that covers using a fitness suite and some circuit training.

Having worked as an external coach for years, last year I landed myself in a teacher training position and qualified as a PE teacher earlier this year. Now fully employed as a teacher and S&C coach I understand the challenges faced by schools when trying to incorporate a long term development programme, but also understand how we can get S&C into the school system and the fantastic outcomes you can see for young athletes. (See our results so far in these articles – EPP 12 months on , EPP Speed Training)

The challenges…

PE teachers face a number of challenges in implementing a long term athlete development programme:

  • Time – having the time to plan, design and implement a system that is age appropriate around the workload of planning core PE lessons and teaching exam subjects, as well as all the fixtures in the extra-curricular programme is not easy!
  • Knowledge & skills – many teachers are fantastic teachers / coaches of different sports but lack the in depth knowledge & specific skills to develop high levels of strength, power, speed and agility that are crucial to success at the highest level in a way that is age appropriate.
  • Funding – paying an external coach to deliver a high level programme will be outside of the budget of most comprehensives/grammar schools, which pushes it on the parents & pupils and then your programme is as Long Term as they are prepared to pay for it.
  • Support – You need the support of the school, your head of department, your colleagues for a system to be built and sustained.
  • Facilities – Not every school is blessed with a fully kitted out S&C suite, but that doesn’t matter lifting weights is only one method of training, and there are plenty of things you can do with just some open space, some athletes and your imagination.

Just because these obstacles are there it doesn’t mean, it can’t be achieved!

Our project…

The #SandCinSchools project is aimed at providing teachers and coaches with online training resources they can refer to and apply within their school exposing more children in the UK to the benefits of strength and conditioning and a systematic long term approach to athlete development.

We have assembled a team of qualified S&C coaches from around the UK to generate videos, articles and resources that will be published through the Proformance Strength & Conditioning website that you will be able to access. You will get to see the methods we are already using with young athletes in a school environment on our Elite Performance Pathway programmes.

We will be covering a range of topics including how to integrate S&C into PE lessons when time & facilities are limited and maximising the effect of training through integrated training systems. How to monitor growth and maturation status, as well as looking at specific exercises to enhance flexibility, strength, speed, agility, co-ordination and power.

Our team of coaches are also available to book to deliver INSET & CPD workshops at your school if you want a programme tailored to your needs. In addition, we also have CPD workshops running in 2015 that will provide you with plenty of information to kick start your school in setting up a Long Term Athlete Development programme.

Look out for the #SandCinSchools hashtags, here are some video resources to get you started:

Nick Grantham Workshops – Art & Science of Coaching

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Nick Grantham Workshops:
Physical Preparation for Performance
21st Feb 2014

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Today we are looking at what you can expect from each session during the Nick Grantham workshops in February

Nick Grantham Workshops – Session 1: The Art and Science of Coaching – The Power of Engagement

Do you know how to get the best out of your athletes and clients?
In this session Nick will share with you decision training strategies that are far superior to traditional behavioural models. You will learn about the evolution of coaching and how to use language more effectively to establish triggers and coaching cues that will elevate your clients’ performances during training. It’s not what you know that is important, it’s making sure your message gets through.

A limited number of spaces are available at the Early Bird Price of £75 or get the weekend bundle including the 0.5 day Speed Clinic for only £100.

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