National Youth Development Conference for coaches

If you work with athletes aged under 18 and want to help your athletes maximise their potential and have a positive athletics experience this is the conference for you. Our National Youth Development Conference for coaches takes place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March 2019 at Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes, MK16 9JJ.

Click here to book a place on our National Youth Development Conference.

We have great presenters line up to deliver content that will help you to:

  • enable athletes you coach to maximise their potential
  • understand a teenage athlete’s physical, technical, mental and emotional development
  • be better equipped to develop your athletes by knowing appropriate training and techniques for:
    • physical preparation to maximise performance and minimise injury
    • technical development
    • building endurance
    • supporting a young athlete’s mental and emotional development

The two-day conference costs £30 for both days or £20 for one day. It will focus on how to develop an athlete physically, technically, mentally and emotionally with a specific focus on developing the athlete through the teenage years.

Scott Grace, England Athletics’ National Technical Lead for Coaching Resources & Youth Development said, “The coaching that young athletes receive is the foundation on which their whole development in the sport is based. We work to help coaches of young athletes give them the best possible experience not only in terms of enjoyment but also equipping them with the full range of skills and attributes to enable them to achieve their full potential as they grow and develop.

“This weekend sees high level presenters who are able to help our coaches deliver high quality and enjoyable coaching to young athletes that will help them progress and enjoy continuing development.”

Day 1 will focus on supporting coaches to apply appropriate coaching at the various stages of progressing; the physical conditioning element required to maximise performance and minimise injury and key consideration for youth endurance athletes.

Day 2 will focus on the mental and emotional development and athlete will go through and how to support this. We will then progress onto the Skill and Technical development of an athlete across a range of athletics events. The second part of the day will be practical examples of athletes demonstrating these events.

Timetable:

Day 1 – Developing the Physical Qualities of a Young Athlete

9:30 – 10:00am: Arrival & Registration

10:00 – 11:00am: Athlete Development (Underpinning Principles). Presenter: Scott Grace – England Athletics National Lead for Youth Development

11.00 – 12.30pm: Physical Preparation for Youth Athletes – Part 1 (Theory). Presenter: Rob Thickpenny one of the UK’s leading experts on Physical Preparation

12.30 – 1.00pm: Lunch

1.00 – 2.30pm: Physical Preparation for Youth Athletes – Part 2 (Practical Application). Presenter: Rob Thickpenny one of the UK’s leading experts on Physical Preparation

2.30 – 4.30pm: Youth Endurance – Appropriate training principles for developing athletes. Presenter: Matt Long, Youth Endurance expert and Editor of the BMC Magazine.

4.30 – 5.00pm: Day 1 close

Day 2 – Developing the Mental and Technical Qualities of a Young Athlete

9:30 – 10:00am: Arrival & Registration

10:00 – 11:30am: Supporting a Young Athletes Mental and Emotional Development. Presenter: Tim Buckle – Former International cyclist and British Cycling Coach and currently a Psychological Skills Mentor for Chimp Management.

11.30 – 1.00pm: Technical Development in Young Athletes – Part 1 (Theory). Presenter: Scott Grace – England Athletics National Lead for Youth Development

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and Travel to Milton Keynes Athletics Track

2.00 to 4.30pm: Technical Development in Young Athletes – Part 2 (Practical). Presenter: Scott Grace – England Athletics National Lead for Youth Development

For further information and to book a place on our National Youth Development Conference please click here.