JSF Youth Development Conference 2017

The JSF is delighted to host its inaugural Youth Development Conference. For the first time ever in Jersey, world leading specialists are coming together to discuss youth development in sport and physical literacy. Both physical literacy and sports performance training are developing fast in Jersey and, as such, the conference will provide a blend of educational opportunities allowing attendees to gain invaluable insight in to programmes developed in similar sized jurisdictions.

We aim to provide all who work with young people the most up to date knowledge and practical tools to change sport, health and fitness forever. The day will be a combination of lectures and hands-on learning experiences delivered many of the top professionals in the sports industry.

The conference will also provide and excellent opportunity to network and connect with other likeminded individuals in the field.


Pre Conference – 21st April 7-9pm (Youth Injury Prevention Symposium)


Matt Archer – Sport Wales

Over the last three years Matt has been the lead of the Strength and Conditioning programme at Sport Wales for Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympic athletes. His role is to physically prepare athletes, through specialised strength and power development pathways from youth to high performance. His main interests include strength and power diagnosis, youth development and plyometric training.

This highly practical session will provide a rare and in-depth insight into Sport Wales’s national athlete development programme, and will demonstrate Sport Wales’s youth athlete injury prevention screen. This has proved highly successful at club level sport, and will provide delegates with hands-on skills.

Main Conference – 22nd April 8.30-5pm (Youth Development Conference)


 Dr Mark Tremblay – CHEO Research Institute

Dr Tremblay is the Director of Healthy Eating, Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, and Professor of Paediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. Mark is internally renown as an expert in the development of physical literacy.

Dr Tremblay has published more than 290 papers and book chapters in the peer-reviewed literature, and also has delivered over 600 scholarly conference presentations, including more than 140 invited and keynote addresses, in 19 different countries. He is currently researching the following: paediatric exercise science; childhood obesity; physical literacy and health; physical activity, fitness and health measurement; sedentary physiology; health surveillance; and knowledge translation and mobilization.

He was recently involved in the Global Matrix 2.0 which ranked 38 countries on physical activity for children and youth. This project created ParticipACTION Report cards for each country, to which Dr Tremblay was Canada’s Report Card leader. The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada and provides an update or “state of the nation” that assesses how Canada is doing at promoting and facilitating physical activity opportunities for children and youth.

Dr Tremblay will deliver his findings from the Global Matrix 2.0, and will aim to summarise the key findings from this 38 country comparison. He will also go into detail about physical literacy, and how this can be implemented in Jersey.

Ian Freeman – ASA/ British Swimming

Ian is the lead high performance researcher in Long Term Athlete Development, Training and Sport Science at ASA/British Swimming based at Loughborough University.

His role includes developing and implementing high performance coach practices, incorporating workplace based knowledge development and continuous learning practice (lifelong personal learning). Ian believes that coaching behaviour and culture will change through self, participant and environmental awareness and therefore create a total coach/athlete engagement.

He is the specialist adviser for all aspects relating to Long Term Coach Development (LTCD) and Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and the optimum bio-psycho-social development of athletes and recreational participants.

Ian is an accomplished global public speaker including for the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) at World Coaching Conferences, Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) at the World LTAD Symposium. He is also a Level 3 Senior Swimming Coach and also the ASA/British Swimming industry expert with many published articles, TV and video footage relating to coach education, Long Term Athlete Development, physical literacy, Talent ID, athlete and coach self-awareness, physical fitness, health and well-being, performance lifestyle, nutrition and hydration.

Ian is currently 5 years into PhD research, developing high performing coach practices through enhanced CPD and lifelong learning programmes.

He will be presenting an in depth insight into the development of youth athlete development support pathway within British Swimming, from inception to completition. He will highlight the effectiveness of long term athlete development pathways, outcomes in terms of medal success, and the solutions to implementing this at club level.

Simon Brundish – Strength Lab: Superheroes

Simon is the developer the innovative ‘Superheros’ physical literacy programme, in particular he is heavily involved in working with the development of strength and movement skills within primary schools. Simon’s work provides an refreshing approach to the current National PE Curriculum. Currently the ‘Superheroes’ programme is running in over 20 schools in the UK, with the hope to expand heavily in 2017. Simon’s work heavily supports the physical literacy incentive in Jersey and will provide unique insight into effective delivery on foundational strength skills.

He will be presenting his progressive programme of movement skills, fundamental to the development of body control and movement efficiency, the times tables of movement. His programme aims to give children the tools to be able to use in sports specific actions such as running, jumping, catching, kicking and throwing. Simon’s work is based around international expert Kevin Giles, who paved the way for foundational strength skills with children during PE sessions.

Dr Mike Young – Athletic Lab

Dr Young is a world-renowned expert in the field of speed development and conditioning for sport. He is also recognized for his work in coaching the Olympic Lifts and creating specialized strength, speed and conditioning programs to help maximize the performance of any athlete.

He has developed training plans for sports ranging from dragon boating and soccer to swimming. He has also helped prepare numerous players for the NFL combine (most notably Bradie James – Dallas Cowboys and Super Bowl Champion Marquise Hill – New England Patriots) and MLB (Andres Torres – World Series Champion). He served as the Fitness Coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS for the 2012 & 2013 seasons. In 2012, the Whitecaps were the first Canadian team to make the MLS Playoffs and in 2013, the team won the coveted Cascadia Cup over rivals Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders. Prior to that, Mike was the sport performance coach for the 2x NASL Champion Carolina Railhawks. In the sport of Track & Field, he has coached or assisted multiple Olympians, National Champions, Masters National and World Champions and Collegiate National Champions. As the coach of the HPC Elite team, a team of internationally competitive track and field athletes, he led the group to 7 USATF National Champions, one Masters World Champion and two Masters National record holders.

Mike will present around the value and justification of vital strength, power and speed skills for the development of youth athletes. Mikes research highlights the need for a holistic long term approach to athlete development which includes the development of these skills. These skills are essential for all athletes as they provide the foundation for athletic performance.

Dr Kate Hays – English Institute of Sport

Dr Hays is Head of Performance Psychology at English Institute of Sport and has been working as an applied Sport Psychologist for the past 12 years. She has supported teams at numerous major competitions including the Olympic Games and World Championships. Throughout her applied sport psychology career, Kate has pursued her research interests. Her PhD thesis examined, ‘The Role of Sport Confidence in World Class Sport Performance’, were she used the experiences of World Championship and Olympic medallists as a reference.

In June 2014 Kate joined the English Institute of Sport performance solutions team as a Performance Lead before returning to the Psychology team as Head of Service in August 2015. She continues to act as English Institute of Sport Performance Lead for Boxing.

Kate will present a unique insight into the role of sport confidence in world class sport performance which will provide a blend of theory and practical interventions used with GB’s top athletes. She will particularly draw upon recent work completed with GB athletes in the lead up to Rio 2016.