#ChildToChampion – Future Leader Focus: Matt Depledge

The Application of Growth & Maturation in Academy Football

Talk Overview:

During this presentation Matt will highlight why understanding growth & maturation and the impact it can have on performance is critical within an Academy football setting. He will then explain non-invasive methods that can be used to accurately ascertain an individual’s maturity status.

Following this he will give examples from his time at Southampton FC highlighting how such information can be used to influence training practice and exercise prescription. He will highlight how such an approach can help each individual, regardless of maturity status achieve their potential.

Biography:

 

Matt is an Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach at Southampton FC. He is UKSCA Accredited & holds a Masters degree in Paediatric Exercise & Health and a bachelors degree in English & Sports Science.

Matt has extensive experience working with youth athletes from a wide variety of sports including Rugby, Rowing & Cricket. Matt is passionate about youth athletic development & in particular how quantifying maturity status can optimise individual development.


Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear more from Matt Depledge

If you want to be there to learn, share and connect with our speakers like Matt 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.

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.

#ChildToChampion’s Pete Atkinson – Pacey Performance Podcast

#ChildToChampion’s Pete Atkinson – Pacey Performance Podcast

With the conference fast approaching we thought you might like to check out this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast with one of our Child To Champion Speakers, Pete Atkinson, National Lead for S&C at the ECB. Pete has vast experience working in rugby at Leicester Tigers through one of their most successful periods in history as well as the English Institute of Sport and now with the ECB.

In this episode you will learn –

  • Who is Pete Atkinson (background, experience and current role)
  • The ECB’s internal CPD programme
  • Transfer of training
  • Coordination training

At Child To Champion Pete will be providing a detailed insight to the ECB’s Pace Programme from this season’s winter training. You can check out the full talk overview here.


Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear from Pete Atkinson

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.

Conference sponsors PUSH have put together a brilliant offer that includes the Full Weekend Conference ticket PLUS access last year’s Child To Champion conference videos (worth £150) completely free of charge. This offer is only available  for a limited time, so don’t miss out!

#ChildToChampion’s Alex Natera – Pacey Performance Podcast

Alex Natera

#ChildToChampion’s Alex Natera – Pacey Performance Podcast

With the conference fast approaching (we are now less than 2 months out!) we thought we’d share some great content from some of our speakers from around the web.

As most in the S&C industry are, we are big fans of Rob Pacey’s Strength of Science and the Pacey Performance Podcast, it’s absolute gold for learning from leaders in the field.

A while back Rob interviewed Alex Natera across two episodes on the podcast, and for those attending Child To Champion this will give you a taste of what is to come from Alex’s talks at the conference in April.

In the episodes you will learn –

Part 1

  • Who is Alex Natera (background/education)
  • What Alex is doing now and who he is working with
  • Developing a sprint programme – where to start
  • Developing horizontal vs vertical force
  • Transfer of training from weight room to track/field

Part 2

  • How ‘repeated power’ differs from power endurance
  • Why this ISN’T CrossFit
  • What has been researched in the area
  • How can we train repeated power ability
  • Where is the research area heading and what does Alex expect to find

Book tickets for Child to Champion 2017 and hear from Alex Natera

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 on Friday 7th for the first 20 people that book.