#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.

Alex Natera

Child to Champion – Speaker Focus: Alex Natera

When we began planning Child To Champion 2017 one of the first people I spoke to was Alex Natera, we are really excited to have him join us to present on 3 topics across the weekend which will now also include a pre-conference workshop on Friday 7th April 2017, full details will be confirmed this week.

I’ve been fortunate to spend quite a lot of time over the last year talking to Alex and his colleagues out at the Aspire Academy in Qatar as we’ve been sharing ideas around LTAD and Talent Identification.

If you’ve not heard Alex talk yet, I’d highly recommend checking out the two podcasts he has done with Rob Pacey on the Pacey Performance Podcast – Episode 44 (Part 1) & Episode 45 (Part 2). There is some fantastic content in the discussions and the episodes will give you a great insight of what to expect from Alex at the conference this year alongside the overviews of his upcoming talks below.

The development of discrete muscle actions in the running based athlete- eccentric and isometric training options (Practical Session)

Traditional resistance training, where the successful execution of the concentric portion of the lift is the primary focus, can often under train and therefore under develop the isometric and eccentric muscle actions associated with many sporting demands. In this practical we’ll look at how to emphasise these discrete muscle actions in the development and physical preparation for running based tasks. The technical considerations, progressions and why, how and when to implement each exercise will be discussed throughout this workshop.  The content within this practical will include video, live demonstrations and an opportunity to perform the exercises.

From the MSSD Program through to Rio- Filling in the Physical Literacy “gap” – Training to Train and Training to Compete the Aspire Academy way (Presentation)

In this presentation the Aspire Academy youth development model will be explained from pre-Academy entry to Olympic Games qualification. The world over is facing similar issues in the growing “gap” in youth physical literacy. The presentation starts by looking at the ways we try to bridge this gap in primary schools through our Multi Sport Skill Development Program. An overview of the successful Aspire Academy development model will then be explained from inception to graduating into the scholarship system, and our unprecedented representation at Rio. Specific reference to our philosophy on strength & conditioning and the model that we follow will be discussed along with the many lessons learnt and the continual reflection that has changed our “model”- to be less of a “model”.

Strength and power development in the elite student athlete- the practical application of strength programmes in an elite youth academy (Presentation)

This presentation examines the real life application of programming strength and power development in elite student athlete, with a particular focus on the speed, strength, power athletes. A thorough look at the decision-making processes around programming through the later adolescent stages and how to balance holistic development with performance training. An in depth looks at the KPI’s and strength and power targets are discussed and a look at what happens when targets are met or surpassed. Case studies and the results of various programmes are presented and discussed throughout.

I’m sure you’ll agree the proposed talks sound fantastic and both myself and Mike are really excited to hear Alex presenting.

If you want to be there too 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 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