Long Term Athlete Development

On the 5th March I teamed up with Neil Parsley from UTS to deliver a 1-Day Creating Athletic Legacies workshop down in London at St Mary’s University.

We explored how coaches can practically tackle the challenges of Long Term Athlete Development in their day to day working environments (not the stuff you read in books….well, there was a bunch of that stuff….but we spent most of the day working through practical applications of the book stuff!).

It was great to work with so many young coaches and it was encouraging to have representatives from a range of sports and clubs, including Manchester City FC, Norwich FC, Brentford FC, Tennis FC, Chelsea FC, England Basketball, England Taekwon-Do and Surrey Country Cricket Club.

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Pegs, balloons, piggy back rides, super hero’s, CHAOS training, FREEZE…some serious learning and plenty of FUN.

Feedback was great…

“The workshop provided a great overview of relevant research for youth development but more importantly for me, examples of real world exercises and games that you just wouldn’t find in a text book. Overall a fantastic workshop ticking all the boxes for physical preparation of youth athletes. Simply a must for youth coaches.” Mat Spence [S&C Coach currently interning with Surrey CCC]

“The specificity of all content to young athletes was excellent. Both Nick and Neil, were approachable, open and charismatic throughout the whole day. The passion that both presenters had about the industry as a whole and physical development is fantastic. But most importantly, when going to see both present, you can guarantee for sure, the information presented is gathered from up to date research but also, all of their experiences gained from working with elite athletes and in world-class sports teams/organisations.” Jay Eastoe-Smith (Norwich City Football Club)

“Great workshop!! Fantastic to see so many great ideas of applying fundamental athletic development principles in a fun and motivating environment, perfect for the youth athletes I work with.” Paddy Waplington (Challenge Tennis)

I’m guessing you’re probably gutted that you missed out but every cloud has a silver lining…you can still bring your knowledge of all things Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) up to date by jumping on a workshop in April that is being organised by James Baker from Proformance Strength and Conditioning.

James doesn’t mess around when it comes to organising workshops and the line up for his Child To Chamption 2-Day Conference on April the 9th and 10th is fantastic. He’s got the Don of LTAD in the UK – Dr Rhodri Lloyd kicking things off and then it’s like a who’s who!!

Dr. Rhodri Lloyd – Plyometric Training and the Young Athlete

Dr. Ian Jeffreys – Effective movement in sport – What it is and how to build it (theory & practical sessions)

Dr. Mike Young – Best Practises For Developing Speed Across the Developmental Continuum

Shayne Murphy – Peak Height Velocity & Injury (Manchester City FC)

Dr. Neill Potts – Head of Athletic Performance for Scottish Rugby – Building and Implement A System To Produce International Rugby Players

Simon Brundish – Move Like A Superhero (something Neil Parsley loves!)

James Baker – Integrating S&C to Secondary Schools

Kevin Paxton – Age-Related Performance Benchmarking (Leicester City FC)

Mike Young – Advanced Techniques for Developing Elite Speed & Power

Tom Rusga – The Complex Developing Athlete (EIS)

If you want to attend a fanstastic event in April book your space

>>[Child To Champion Long Term Athletic Development Conference]<<

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