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Des Ryan - Arsenal FC

Child To Champion – Speaker Focus: Des Ryan

An Insight to The Arsenal Physical Development Framework

Des will be providing an insight to the Physical Development Framework he has developed and implemented with his team over the last four years at the Arsenal Academy

The talk will provide attendees a detailed insight to the programme and processes in place at the Academy including:

  • The development of the facilities at the Academy
  • Building and developing a sport science team
  • Physical Development Framework Levels
  • The player-coach relationship
  • Application of the FMS system as a screening tool
  • Tackling flexibility and mobility issues around PHV.
  • Strength training progressions – A 4 level system.
  • Speed and power development
  • Integrated Conditioning
  • Sports Medicine and Injury Reports & Monitoring

Des Ryan – MSc, ASCC, BASES (HPSA), CSci   

Des joined Arsenal in February 2013 after a successful strength and conditioning career in the rugby world. Des is the Head of Sport Medicine and Athletic Development at the Academy. Over the last four years the Academy sport science and medicine department  has grown under the guidance of Des to rival any club in the premier league. The Academy has continued its long tradition of developing players for the first team. Des and his team endeavour to prepare the players physically for the challenge of the Premier League.

In the past Des worked for the IRFU as fitness education manager and his responsibilities involved managing the Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme for IRFU strength and conditioning coaches and managing the fitness development structures for rugby players in under-19 sides and below. Before that, Des worked as head fitness advisor at Connacht Rugby from 1998 to 2008. During this time he had worked with the Ireland A rugby team for three years and assisted with the Ireland senior team.

Des has completed a Masters in Strength and Conditioning and is also a tutor with the IRFU and a tutor trainer with World Rugby. In 2016 Des completed the BASES high performance sport accreditation. He has a keen interest in the area of long-term player development and has presented at many conferences around the world over the last few years.


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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.


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Paul Caldbeck

Child to Champion – Speaker Focus 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

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