IAN JEFFREYS BUILDNG FUTURE CHAMPIONS – 13/06/2015
Maximising the development of a youth athlete requires a systematic approach that blends knowledge from the fields of biomechanics, anatomy physiology, psychology, paediatric science and motor control into a system that can be effectively applied in a range of settings. The Future Champions programme is a tried and tested method of developing athletes which has developed numerous national and international performers in a range of sports.
Integrating science with effective practice, it provides coaches with a flexible development pathway that can be applied across a wide range of sports and in multiple settings. The workshop blends the theoretical basis of athlete development with practical application.
Attendees will be provided with a framework around which to structure an athlete development programme that can be applied in all training situations, and across a range of starting ages.
Practical activities will then be presented that can be applied across the spectrum of the development programme, and which address all elements of physical performance.
Session 1: The need for long-term athlete development
This section will introduce the concept of long term athlete development and the advantages this approach brings to the development of the youth athlete. It will outline the fundamental principles that underpin LTA along with some of the challenges of traditional models
Session 2: The Future Champions system – a flexible objectives based approach to developing the modern athlete
This section will build on the challenges with the traditional approach to LTAD and introduce the Future Champions system. The system itself triangulates on sports performance from a kinetic, kinematic and metabolic standpoint, and utilises sequenced progressions within each of these aspects to progress from baseline capacities through to specific performance parameters. The system itself comprises a four phase, objectives based approach to LTAD. Its advantages lie in its flexibility, allowing it to be introduced at a range of ages, allowing it to be utilised in a wide range of training scenarios. Additionally, its objective based approach allows for key milestones to be achieved that direct the path to optimal performance and also ensure a competency based approach to development.
Session 3: Developing effective Future Champions Sessions
This section is short introduction to the practical activities, outlining the foundational principles of effective session design within the Future Champions system. Here, a range of delivery methods will be discussed allowing a flexible approach to the delivery of the system.
Session 4: Developing effective gameforce
Force capacity underpins performance but this must be built on a basis of effective movement. This practical session will look at the key movement patterns that underpin sports performance and introduce effective methods by which these can be introduced and progressed.
Session 5: Developing effective gamespeed
The ability to move effectively in the context of the game is critical to maximal performance. This practical session will look at the key locomotor movement patterns that underpin sports performance and introduce effective methods by which these can be introduced and progressed.
Session 6: Developing effective game-metabolism
Most sports require repeated performances, and so depend upon a certain level of metabolic development. This practical session will look at the key metabolic capacities that underpin sports performance and introduce effective methods by which these can be introduced and progressed.
About Ian Jeffreys
PhD, FNSCA, RSCC*D, PGCE, CSCS*D, ASCC, NSCA-CPT*D.
Ian Jeffreys is an internationally renowned coach, educator and author and is regarded as a world authority in the development of speed & agility and conditioning for team sports, and long term athlete development. He is a reader in strength and conditioning at the University of South Wales, where he co-ordinates all of the University’s strength and conditioning activities, as well as managing the strength and conditioning programmes for Cardiff City Football Club’s Academy programme . He is also the Proprietor and Performance Director of All-Pro Performance based in Brecon Wales, where he works with a number of high performance athletes and clubs around the world.