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Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Kevin Mannion

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Bio

Kev is currently the Academy Performance Manager at Gloucester Rugby and has been lucky enough to work at some of the UK’s top sporting organisations with some great players over close to 20 years as both a professional athlete and S&C coach. Kev has previously worked at Wigan Warriors, British Tennis and Leicester Tigers.

The landscape for developing athletes has definitely changed in 20 years, but the outcomes each system wants are the same: talented, adaptable, robust (physically / emotionally), athletes that have the ability to continue and enhance the cultural legacy of their Academy Programs, and subsequently transition into senior environments and have long careers in Professional Sport.

Content Overview

During the past 4 years Kev has been working in the Academy programme at Gloucester Rugby and with his team they have implemented a unique programme to develop the person as much as the athlete/player, along the ‘Rocky Road’ to progressing to the professional level.

During the talk he will be discussing:

  • What does the ‘Performance Dining Table’ look like? 
  • How do we influence those sat at it?
  • Working in partnership with parents
  • Psychological Characteristics of Developing Excellence
  • Implementing the ‘Rocky Road’ through Periodised Challenge
  • Creating A Gloucester Rugby Player – Warrior, Thinker, Doer
  • The Off Field Development Programme

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2019 and hear more from Kev Mannion and many more…

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Kev you can book on to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only

PLUS for the next 5 sign ups get access to our Online Hub up until the conference begins with access to 50 hours of great video content

Already an Online Hub member? Get a further 10% discount on your ticket automatically at the checkout!

Child To Champion 2019 #SpeakerFocus – Ruth Waghorn

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Bio

Ruth currently works as a Physical Performance Coach at the Football Association where she oversees the physical development of the Women’s lower pathway (WU15-17).

Her past roles have seen her assist in the physical development in a range of sports including track and field at Speedworks Training track in  preparation for the Rio Olympics 2016, and London World Championships 2017. Before this she worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at British Sailing. Her academic background includes an MSc in Strength and Conditioning, and a BSc in Sports Conditioning Rehabilitation both completed from Cardiff Metropolitan University

Content Overview

Understanding The Place of Speedwork In Team Sport Athlete Development.

This will be a part-theory, part-practical session whereby Ruth will explore the importance of speed work development in youth athletes. She will cover its place within the team sport program, a toolbox for coaches, what to look for when we are coaching, and how to problem solve common technical issues seen in youth athletes.

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2019 and hear more from Ruth Waghorn and many more…

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Ruth you can book on to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only.

Proformance Online Hub members also get a further 10% discount off the price as well as access to over 40+ hours of videos from our previous conferences.

Child To Champion LTAD Conference 2019

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We are very pleased to be able to bring the Child To Champion LTAD Conference for it’s third edition in the UK, providing an unmissable opportunity to learn, share and connect with leaders in the field.

We have been working very hard for the last 6 months or so to pull together a group of speakers that are working at the coalface of LTAD / Youth Strength & Conditioning to share with you their methods and experiences to help you in your own practise.

This year’s event is being held at Hartpury University just outside Gloucester. As one of the leading sports universities in the country this provides us with a fantastic base and facilities to host the event, building on what we have offered before.

Outlined below are the talks and overviews. As it stands we are still finalising some of the speakers and talks so there are still some to be added.

In addition to this we have out Future Leaders programme that has had some outstanding applications this year, it is going to be a really tough job for the Proformance S&C Faculty to decide who to choose!

A big thank you also to our sponsors for their support of this years conference: Nutrition XStrength of SciencePUSH

Speakers – Saturday 27th July

Dr. Joe Eisenmann

Historical Perspectives on LTAD

The concept of long-term athlete development (LTAD) is not new. Understanding the history of a topic gives us access to the laboratory of human experience so that we can learn from past experiences – good and bad. This presentation will provide deeper insight and critique into LTAD concepts born out of former Soviet bloc with application of the underpinnings to contemporary sport academies and national and local grassroot efforts at improving the youth sport experience.

The Adolescent Speed Bump: History, Assessment & Impact on Performance

The process of growth and maturation occupy the first two decades of life. A major event during this time is the adolescent growth spurt. If you are working with adolescent athletes it is critical to understand this process and it’s impact.

In this presentation the following questions will be addressed: What does growth at adolescence look like? What factors affect maturation? How can we assess maturation? How does growth at adolescence impact performance? How do we control for maturation when testing/monitoring? What is the role of ‘bio-banding’?

Ruth Waghorn – Understanding The Place Of Speed Work in Team Sport Athlete Development

During this part-theory, part-practical session Ruth will explore the importance of speed work in the development in youth athletes. She will cover its place within the team sport program, a toolbox for coaches, what to look for when we are coaching, and how to problem solve common technical issues seen in youth athletes.

Learn more about Ruth Waghorn in her #SpeakerProfile

Neil Parsley – The UTS Youth Academy: Fun, Energy and Learning From Loads of Mistakes

During this presentation Neil will highlight his 3 tier system that sees over 100 children coached weekly at the Underground Training Station (UTS) Youth Academy. He will also highlight key factors in the development of the academy, the different types of sessions and activities available including S&C, calisthenics and boxing, as well as mistakes made along the way as they sought to engage a wide range of young people not just talented young athletes looking to progress into elite sport.

Kevin Mannion – Developing Players for Gloucester Rugby: Bringing Parents & Players To The Table

During the past 4 years Kev has been working in the Academy programme at Gloucester Rugby and with his team they have implemented a unique programme to develop the person as much as the athlete/player, along the ‘Rocky Road’ to progressing to the professional level.

During this talk he will be discussing:

  • The concept of ‘The Performance Dining Table’
  • How do we influence those sat at it?
  • Working in partnership with parents
  • Periodised challenge through the ‘Rocky Road’
  • Creating a Gloucester Rugby Player – Warrior, Thinker, Doer
  • The Off Field Development Programme

Learn more about Kev Mannion in his #SpeakerProfile

Nico Kolokythas – Promoting Evidence Based Practise In The Traditional Environment

Ballet is an early specialization discipline based on tradition. Young dancers who enter the vocational dance education at 11+ year of age, participate in 19 hours of structured activities/training, that increases to 27-37 hours at the ages 16-19. Movement proficiency, with a limited movement vocabulary, is the priority of the training, whereas the physical preparedness is neglected. Injury prevalence in pre-professional dancers can reach 75%. Most of the injuries are overuse and in the lower limb.

The focus of Nico’s talk will be on the 3-year PhD journey in a vocational ballet school and how applied research can inform practice for the development of the adolescent dancer. Case studies, cross-sectional and randomised controlled studies that have formulated this PhD will be discussed. Finally, the presentation will also discuss management of change in a rigid environment.

Howard Green – Starting The Athletic Journey: Bringing Structure To The Unstructured

In this practical session Howard will be taking you through his approach to starting the athletic development journey with U10s. Many coaches talk about the need for a more unstructured learning/training environment but this can be misinterpreted or leave coaches unsure of what to deliver.

Through his SuperMovers – SMASH programme Howard has created a framework and objectives for developing:

  • Stamina
  • Mobility
  • Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed
  • Strength & Power – via SuperHeroes
  • Honing Sports Skills

In the practical the focus will be on Howard develops the co-ordination element of the SMASH programme. The session will include activities/exercises to challenge Reactions, Balance, Rhythm, Adaptability, Differentiation, Interoperability, Orientation.

Speakers – Sunday 28th July

Paudie Roche – Olympic Weightlifting For The Youth Athlete

Paudie will be taking attendees through his top down approach to coaching the Olympic Lifts and how to modify the lifts and their derivatives to suit Youth athletes with various dysfunctions. Through the session he will look at teaching the Snatch, Clean and Jerk from the Top Down outlining the various benefits of using this approach and the various phases / derivatives associated with each lift that may be suitable for the athlete you coach.

James Baker – Enhancing LTAD Pathways with Gymnastics & Parkour

Gymnastics and Parkour are two sports that can be incorporated as part of a Long Term Athletic Development pathway that can contribute to developing the all-round athleticism of our athletes in a more creative and free-flowing environment.

In this theory-practical session, James will discuss background research and his rationale for the inclusion of these activities as part of an athletic development pathway and take attendees through a range of practical examples including:

  • Ground Based Movements
  • Bracing
  • Precision Jumping & Landing
  • Rolling
  • Vaulting
  • Climbing
  • Building Athletic Skills Tracks (AST)
  • Utilising AST’s for Assessment

Rich Clarke – Change of Direction Throughout Maturation: A Deeper Look

As part of his PhD Rich is investigating a COD testing battery where through the use of both a 505 test and a linear sprint test we can independently quantify COD ability (via the COD deficit), linear speed and also deceleration ability (via a new deceleration deficit) which allows a much more in depth look at the complex interaction between qualities that contribute to COD performance.

His research is examining how these abilities change throughout maturation. Where large, non-linear increases seen in body mass, stature, eccentric and concentric force production and motor control are occuring throughout the maturation process. What is the impact of the significant changes in this critical stage of development? How does deceleration technique change due to the adjustments required for a heavier and higher centre of mass?

Marcus Hannon – Eating You Out of House & Home: The Unique Energy Requirements of Elite Youth Athletes

Recent research has shown that youth athletes, across a number of sports, have extremely high energy expenditures. It is imperative that youth athletes at least match their energy intake to their expenditure, given the detrimental effects of low energy availability on growth, health and performance. This presentation will cover the most up to date scientific research and will provide some practical advice and strategies that Marcus has used in his practice with youth athletes.

Dr. Joe Eisenmann

Hurricanes, The Stock Market & The Prediction of Future Athletic Ability

Can we predict future athletic ability in youth? Who’s the next target athlete? This presentation will examine concepts and current research in talent identification including genetics, testing and tracking or the stability of athletic traits from child to adolescence and into young adulthood. Lastly, we will consider if we are we doing it right or should we be taking different approaches?

Join a community of like minded professionals at Child to Champion 2019 and learn, share and connect with our speakers during a weekend of immersive learning.

Book your ticket to Child To Champion 2019 here and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for limited time only

PLUS for the next 5 sign ups get FREE access to our Online Hub up until the conference begins with access to 50 hours of great video content

Already an Online Hub member? Get a further 10% discount on your ticket automatically at the checkout!

Don’t miss out…

Child To Champion 2017 – Full Schedule

Child To Champion 2017 – Full Weekend Schedule

We are pleased to finally be able to confirm the full schedule of talks and practicals for next weekend’s conference. We are very excited to be bringing together 12 top presenters currently working in the UK, Europe, the US and the Middle East delivering 16 sessions (including theory and practical) across the weekend.

This is sure to be a great opportunity to learn and share ideas around the topic of LTAD. We are very excited to meet everyone next weekend.

Big thanks to our partners for the event Exxentric, Train With PUSH, Nutrition X and St. Peter’s R.C. High School that have all helped make this event possible.

If you are yet to book on to the conference, but are planning on attending there are a very limited number of tickets are remaining. Book your tickets here.

 

Child To Champion – Future Leader Focus: Shane Fitzgibbon

Core Training from Elementary to Elite

There will be brief Powerpoint introduction on the subject of Trunk training, which will explain the importance of this topic, and how it pertains to ALL other areas of training. In particular, the subject of correct breathing will be covered, as well as a logical progression of core exercises that the delegates can use as a template in your future sessions.

The hands-on session will include a number of exercises designed to develop core stability, and will also engage the athletes, young and old, through gameplay and partner-interaction. You will learn how a simple ping-pong ball can replace untold reps of push-ups and planks, how wheel-barrow races can both challenge simple anti-rotation stability for the novice child right up to neural challenges for the elite athlete. Crawling patterns will be covered to show how they can develop both core stability, and also compliment  locomotion training (speed & agility). You will laugh, learn, sweat and burn in this hands-on.

Biography

Shane is a Strength and Conditioning coach, based in Galway, Ireland. He is also a 7th degree Black Belt (Master) Taekwon-Do instructor and a 6-time World Champion in Taekwon-Do & Kickboxing.

Holder of a B.Sc. from National University of Ireland, Galway, Shane has always had a passion for exercise, and qualified as a gym instructor with ITEC in 2001. In the years that followed, Shane has been busy coaching his martial arts students as well teams and individuals from other sports. Besides obtaining National Certificate in Strength & Conditioning, Shane is Functional Movement Screening (FMS) certified and a member of the prestigious Register of Exercise Professionals Ireland (REPS Ireland). Shane is, also, a member, in good standing, of the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Shane coaches numerous adults, and has a particular vocation for coaching young athletes. He was voted International Youth Coach of the Year 2015, by the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA), making history as the first winner outside of North America.

In 2012, Shane authored the highly acclaimed book, “Training and Optimal Health for Sports”, which is available from Amazon, and the dedicated site www.trainingandoptimalhealth.com In it, he has shared more than twenty years of experience, training and competing at the highest levels of his sport, as well as the secrets of his longevity, not having retired from competition until 38, a double World Champion that year.

Having a passion for working with other S&C coaches and P.E. teachers, Shane has conducted workshops for the NSCA in Colorado Springs, Limerick Institute of Technology S&C Degree Course, and the Physical Education Association of Ireland (PEAI), amongst others.

In 2015/2016, Shane, frustrated with the deterioration of Physical Literacy across all age groups of children, ran a year-long voluntary pilot programme with a local Primary School. The project received much acclaim and was televised. It can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlP1UiWknfw

Website: www.shanefitzgibbon.ie


Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear more from Shane Fitzgibbon

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Shane you can book on to Child To Champion 2017 here and take advantage of the PUSH Early Bird Special offer which currently includes FREE access to last years videos (worth £150) courtesy of our sponsors PUSH for a limited time only.

 

#ChildToChampion – Future Leader Focus: John Radnor

The Influence of Growth and Maturation on Muscle Architecture and Physical Performance.

Overview – Throughout childhood and adolescence, children are able to jump higher and sprint faster, but do we know the specific mechanisms behind these improvements in power output?

The aim of this talk is to discuss how the alterations in muscle architecture that occur during maturation can influence children’s ability to produce explosive force. The presentation will include an overview of the role muscle architecture plays in influencing performance, and will revolve around early findings from my PhD studies, investigating the influence of muscle architecture on sprinting and jumping performance in young athletes.

 

Biography

John is an associate lecturer in strength and conditioning on the BSc Sports Conditioning, Rehabili​tation and Massage (SCRAM) degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is an accredited coach through the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), and currently works with Welsh Rowing as S&C for their high performance and academy squads. He has also delivered a number of workshops to various National Governing Bodies on youth strength and conditioning related topics. John is also undertaking a PhD in Paediatric Exercise Science, investigating the effects of muscle architecture on performance.


Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear more from John Radnor

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like John you can book on to Child To Champion 2017 here and take advantage of the PUSH Early Bird Special offer which currently includes FREE access to last years videos (worth £150) courtesy of our sponsors PUSH for a limited time only.

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 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.

Events

Child To Champion LTAD Conference 2019

 

The Proformance Strength & Conditioning Network is very excited to bring together another world class line up of speakers for the Child To Champion LTAD Conference on the 27th & 28th July 2019 at Hartpury University in Gloucestershire.

We are extremely passionate about the field of Long Term Athlete Development and our aim is to bring people together that are working at the coal face of LTAD / Youth Strength & Conditioning. With another international line up of presenters working across a number of sports and different fields, attendees will be provided with a fantastic opportunity to learn from their experiences at different stages of the development continuum.

The conference will be an unmissable event in the S&C calendar with presenters from the USA, UK/Europe and the Middle East offering an unrivalled opportunity to learn, share and connect with some of the best LTAD practitioners from around the world, who will no doubt be providing attendees with great information that can be applied immediately in their own settings.

Confirmed speakers for Child To Champion 2019:

Saturday 27th July

Dr. Joe Eisenmann – NSCA LTAD / Carnegie Sport / Volt Athletics

  • Historical Perspectives on LTAD
  • The Adolescent Speed Bump: History, Assessment & Impact on Performance

Ruth Waghorn – Physical Performance Coach The FA

  • Understanding The Place of Speed Work In Team Sport Athlete Development

Neil Parsley – Underground Training Station / S&C Consultant

  • The UTS Youth Academy – Fun, Energy & Learning From Loads of Mistakes

Kevin Mannion – Academy Performance Manager Gloucester Rugby

  • Developing Players for Gloucester Rugby – Bringing Parents & Players To The Table

Howard Green – HGreen TennisFit / Bolton Tennis Academy

  • Starting The Athletic Journey: Bringing Structure To The Unstructured

Nico Kolokythas – S&C Coach Elmhurst Ballet School

  • Promoting Evidence Based Practise In The Traditional Environment

Sunday 28th July

Paudie Roche – Lead Academy S&C Coach Arsenal FC

  • Olympic Weightlifting for the Youth Athlete

Dr. Mike Young – Director of Performance NC Courage 

  • Development of Sprint Mechanics: What To Look For, How To Cue & Use Video Effectively

James Baker – S&C Coach Aspire Academy

  • Enhancing LTAD Pathways with Gymnastics & Parkour

Dr. Joe Eisenmann – NSCA LTAD / Carnegie Sport / Volt Athletics

  • Hurricanes, The Stock Market & Predicting Future Athletic Ability

Marcus Hannon – Performance Nutritionist Everton FC / Northampton Saints

  • Eating You Out of House & Home: The Energy Requirements of Elite Youth Athletes

Rich Clarke – S&C Coach Athlete Academy / Lecturer Uni of Glos

  • Change of Direction Throughout Maturation: A Deeper Look

Highlights From Child To Champion 2016

Theory and Practical Sessions

The conference will have a provide a mixture of theory and hands-on practical sessions across a wide range of topics this year.

For the full details on the talk topics please click here

What’s included?

  • Full access to the weekend conference
  • PLUS up to 3 months FREE access to our Online Hub up until the event starts on 27th July for the first 10 people to sign up
  • A range of ticket options are available in the form of single day tickets and the full weekend package, plus a discounted rate (terms & conditions apply) for full time University Students.
  • Professionally catered buffet lunch and refreshments (tea, coffee) through out the day.
  • Roundtable discussions on a range of topics with speakers and other attendees
  • During the Saturday evening there will be an open networking event (venue TBC).

We have extended the Early bird pricing due to delays confirming the full schedule until 16th June 2019.

Local Hotels

The following hotels are all within a 15-20 minute drive of Hartpury University and are reasonably priced. 

Premier Inn Barnwood

Ibis Gloucester

Holiday Inn Gloucester

Premier Inn Longford

Please note our cancellation policy on purchased tickets is as follows.

  • More than 30 days before the event = 10% fee to cover admin & transaction fees
  • 15-30 days before the event = 25% fee
  • 7-14 days before the event = 50% fee
  • Within 7 days of the event = 100% fee – no refunds will be given

An Integrated Approach to LTAD

Are you looking for direction and framework to help you develop young athletes?

Do you want to implement a LTAD framework at your club or school but not sure where to start?

Are you planning to integrate S&C to a PE curriculum but not sure what to deliver or how to incorporate it?

Join the Proformance S&C team, Dr. Mike Young & James Baker, to take a journey through our newly development Long Term Athlete Development Curriculum.

Our LTAD curriculum is a flexible objective based training system for developing young athletes, with clear objectives and outcomes defined for each phase of the programme in the key areas of youth physical development

During this 2 day workshop, we will take you through a series of theory and practical sessions that will help you to understand our system and crucially give you the toolbox how to integrate Youth S&C in your current setting whether that is a Professional Academy, School or Private Facility.

What’s covered?

  • Phase Objectives & Outcomes
  • Growth & Maturation
  • Strength Training Progressions
  • Plyometric Training Progressions
  • Agility Progressions (Games & Technical focus)
  • Linear Speed (Acceleration & Max Velocity)
  • Olympic Lifting Progressions
  • Assessment & Monitoring
  • Programming and Delivery

Who should attend?

  • S&C Coaches
  • Directors of Sport
  • PE Teachers
  • Sports Coaches

Your Tutors

Dr. Mike YoungOwner of Athletic Lab (www.athleticlab.com), Director of Performance North Carolina Courage, Fitness Coach North Carolina FC

Mike has vast experience developing athletes in a variety of settings, at all levels of sport. His experience covers right from the very foundation with his pioneering youth programmes Lab Rats & Scholastic Programmes at Athletic Lab to helping budding High School athletes make the successful transition to US College Sport. In addition to this Mike is highly experiences at the pinnacle of sport working including work with US Track & Field and the MLS. As well as consulting with many clubs and team internationally including the Northampton Saints & England Rugby.

James BakerStrength & Conditioning  Coach for Aspire Academy, Doha, Qatar 

James is a highly experienced S&C coach as well as a qualified Physical Education teacher that has designed and developed LTAD programmes across sports, in a range of settings including Private Sector and Schools. His work developing a LTAD system for St. Peter’s High School in the UK led to him being awarded the UKSCA’s S&C Coach of the Year for Youth Sport in 2017. Since then he has moved on to the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar where he is responsible for helping to develop the next generation of Track & Field athletes to represent the State of Qatar.

Child To Champion 2017

The Proformance Strength & Conditioning Network is very excited to bring you another world class line up of presenters for the return of our LTAD Conference, Child To Champion 2017, on the weekend of April 8th & 9th 2017.

Theory and Practical Sessions

The conference will have a mixture of theory and practical sessions from leading practitioners working across the developmental continuum, who will be sharing their experiences from various settings including Professional Sport, Professional Academies, Primary and Secondary Schools and Private Settings.

The conference will be an unmissable event in the S&C calendar bringing together coaches from across the UK and Europe offering a superb opportunity to learn, share and connect with some of the best practitioners around the world.

Highlights From Last Year’s Child To Champion Event

Confirmed speakers for Child To Champion 2017:

  • Alex Natera
    Senior S&C/Performance Lead, Aspire Academy, Qatar
  • Des Ryan
    Head of Sport Medicine & Athletic Development (Academy), Arsenal FC
  • Allan Macdonald
    Strength & Conditioning Coach – British Judo
  • Dr. Mike Young
    Owner/Director of Athletic Lab & Proformance S&C, Speed & Power Coach
  • Paul Caldbeck
    1st team S&C Coach at West Bromwich Albion FC
  • Pete Atkinson
    National Lead S&C Coach for the English Cricket Board
  • James Baker
    S&C Coach/PE Teacher at St. Peter’s R.C. High School, Gloucester
  • Kevin Paxton
    Head of Academy Sports Science at Leicester City FC
  • Dr. James McCarron
    Head of Academy Performance, Sunderland AFC
  • John Radnor
    Cardiff Met Uni / Welsh Rowing S&C Coach
  • Shane Fitzgibbon
    S&C Coach Connacht Fitness and Performance
  • Matt Depledge
    Academy S&C Coach, Southampton FC
  • Allan Macdonald
    Nutrition X

Just In: A Pre-Conference Workshop

We have also now confirmed a Pre-Conference workshop for Friday evening between 6-8.30pm which will follow the theme of eccentric training with presentations by Dr. Mike Young, Alex Natera and James Baker.

All speakers have now been confirmed, you check out the talks for the event here

A range of ticket options are available in the form of single day tickets and full weekend packages including our VIP dinner option to join some of the speakers and other guests for a 3 course meal on the Saturday evening that provide a fantastic opportunity to learn, share and connect with other coaches.

**Early bird pricing is only available for a limited number of tickets**

Please note our cancellation policy on purchased tickets is as follows.

More than 30 days before the event = 10% fee to cover admin & transaction fees, 15-30 days before the event = 25% fee, 7-14 days before the event = 50% fee, within 7 days of the event = 100% fee – no refunds will be given