Child to Champion 2017 Review and 30% off 2016 videos!!

Child to Champion is a conference focussing on youth athletic development organized by James Baker at Proformance. Unfortunately, this year I was unable to attend, so I have asked Andy Bruce from ACB Coaching to give us a review of the key insights from the 2017 conference.
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4 principles for planning progression…

Progressive overload is one of the key principles of strength and conditioning programmes..

Recently, I was contacted by another strength and conditioning coach specializing in youth athletes – Stephen Walsh. We then entered into a very useful discussion regarding when and how to progress individual exercises within S&C programs for young athletes. I thought this scenario is probably not isolated to only the two of us and may warrant further discussion!
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Ask the Expert – Dr Jonathan Griffin (Fulham FC)

I was a classic early maturer, becoming a stand-out junior athlete across a range of sports, competing internationally

Dr Jonathan Griffin is the Head of Exercise Science at Fulham FC Academy and a former lecturer of mine at St Mary’s University.
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11 Rings – March Book Review

Phil Jackson was a highly sought after coach in his NBA career. Coach of the globally renowned Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan era

When you get the opportunity to read directly from one of the greatest coaches in NBA history…it’s probably a good idea to get stuck in!


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Ask the Expert – Dr Craig Harrison (The Athlete Development Show)

The week’s interview comes all the way from New Zealand…

In the latest “Ask the Expert” interview, I was lucky enough to get in contact with Dr Craig Harrison, host of “The Athlete Development Show“, a free podcast on all things youth athletic development. If you haven’t had a listen yet, I’d definitely recommend it!

  1. Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience) 

I started out as a sports scientist – fairly black and white in my approach. But over time I’ve become fascinated much more with human potential, and how it relates to youth sport. I’ve done sport my whole life, spent nearly 10 years studying it, and now spend most of my time setting up programmes to develop the physical and mental sides of it.
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Ask the Expert – Mark Laurie (Specific Strength & Fitness)

In this “Ask the Expert” interview I spoke to the owner of Specific Strength and Fitness…

1.    Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience) 

 I didn’t get into fitness until I was 27.  I started with running and lifting weights in a split routine body building style – because I didn’t know any different. I then got into playing five-a-sides and going to a local boxing club. Finding the fitness bug led to me applying to enrol on a Fitness, Health and Exercise course at college. After two and half years at North Glasgow College I progressed to a degree course at Edinburgh Napier University. I graduated with a 2:1 BSc Honours Sport & Exercises Science in July 2014. 
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7 ways I got better in 2016…

So as you may have guessed 2016 was a pretty big year for me personally and professionally. At the beginning of 2016 I made a decision to “Stop talking and start doing.” For a long time I had been talking about all these great ideas I had. But that was it… I was just talking about them. I was doing what we are all guilty of doing at some point: waiting for the perfect conditions to start, waiting for the stars to align, for an open invitation and recognition from someone at the top end of the industry.
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