Jersey Sport Foundation Conference – one week away!

On April 21/22nd  2017, the Jersey Sport Foundation (“JSF”) is hosting a ground-breaking set of workshops across a practical weekend conference specially designed to combat the issues surrounding sedentary related behaviours, disease and obesity; as well as explore best practice in encouraging movement, mental wellbeing, injury prevention, physical education and the youth sport pathway.

The conference, which is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, aims to allow anyone working or interested in the health, sport and fitness industries to be able to access world class education without having to leave the Island. The event will also gain the Island recognition internationally as a world leader in education in the sectors.

Research is telling us that humans are stopping moving. Today’s children may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents and we need to change that. We are calling all who care about health, movement and sport to stand up, and be part of the proactive solution in turning the tide on inactivity.

We are committed about making a proactive approach to the serious costs and consequences of our population not moving enough, and the benefits that effective involvement in sport and activity brings to our Islands general health and sport performances. The physical inactivity epidemic is upon us and the JSF are stepping up to do something about it.

Bringing world leaders in health, sport and activity to Jersey and putting them under one roof is a real first for the Island and a hugely innovative platform for learning and change. The weekend will be of particular interest to personal trainers, healthcare practitioners, school teachers, sports coaches, parents, activity and youth leaders. Our ambition is to make Jersey a world leading centre for the development of proactive health care, sport and fitness.

The conference has 160 delegates signed up so far which are a combination of Commonwealth Games Association of Jersey members (coaches, athletes and management) and JSF delegates (community coaches, teachers, parents, personal trainers and other interested parties). We have taken bookings from as far away as Lithuania, Wales and the IOM. The conference sadly has had a very slow uptake from States employees especially in the health and education sectors who ironically are the ones who will benefit the most from this and have the biggest impact.

In order to incentivise teachers, the JSF is offering free places for all primary and secondary school teachers thanks to a private sponsor who is backing the cost of their tickets.

There are limited tickets available for the weekend which can be booked at


Our guest speakers include:

Key Note: Dr Mark Tremblay (Canada); Director of the Healthy Eating, Active Living and Obesity team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa.

Mark is the world leading authority on changing attitudes and behaviours towards healthy living and will present on the rational for investment, how it is done around the world, and provide practical recommendations for how the island and its many health and fitness providers can make a real impact.

Key Note: Dr Kate Hays (UK); Head of Psychology at the English Institute of Sport. She has been working as an applied sport psychologist for the past 12 years where 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’, and was based upon the experiences of World Championship and Olympic medallists. Kate will present on the general importance of psychology to mental wellbeing and how psychology can be used to create a culture of organisational, team and individual success at home and at major competitions. The session will provide practical tools and strategies for teams and individuals to implement themselves.

Key Note: Dr Mike Young (USA); Director of Performance and Research at Athletic Lab. Mike 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 specialised strength, speed and conditioning programmes to help maximise the performance of any athlete. Mike is equally qualified as a sport scientist and coach educator. His research on sprinting, stretching, balance and throwing activities have been published and presented in Regional, National and International journals and conferences. He is an invited editor for two of the top sports science journals in the field, the Journal of Sports Sciences and Sports Biomechanics. He has been the biomechanist for the United States’ men and women shot putters since 2001. As an educator, Mike has been an instructor and professor at Ohio University, Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina. He continues to guest lecture in academic institutions around the world and is one of the most sought after speakers in the world on athletic development. Mike has lectured for the Wales, United Kingdom and Scottish Rugby World Cup teams, USA Speed Skating, the Chinese Olympic Coaches at the Beijing Sport University and the North Carolina Justice Academy where he has instructed the Physical Preparedness for Law Enforcement Officers course.

Ian Freeman (UK); Head of Participant Development: ASA & British Swimming, UK Ian is an internationally recognised expert speaker on long term athlete development and has spoken at multiple conferences around the world on the topic. He is the Head of Athlete Pathway British Swimming and responsible for the coaching pathways from child to champion. Ian was responsible for the radical transformation of British Swimming’s coaching practices to integrate physical literacy, child development science and fundamental movement coaching in all of their practice. He is also the founder of the acclaimed health, well-being, self-improvement, anti-obesity and longevity website Ian will present the basics of long term athlete development and provide a unique insight into how to managed athletes from child to champion and create the change needed within schools, clubs, associations and organisations to more effectively support young people.

Simon Brundish (UK); Founder and Creator of Superheroes Movement Competency PE Curriculum          Simon is a PE and physical literacy specialist who has created a fun and exciting way of delivering and monitoring FUNdamental Movements through the ‘Superheroes Pathway’. The pathway is progressively linked to KS1, KS2,KS3 & KS4 curriculums and LTAD stages so both teachers and coaches can employ it to great effect. Delegates will walk away with practical next day coaching skills and a scheme of work to operate from. Simons work is evolutionally and it builds off the movement competency framework employed by the Australian Institute for Sport.

Matt Archer (Wales); Head of Strength and Conditioning at the Sport Wales High Performance Unit        Matt began working for Sport Wales at the beginning of 2008, delivering strength and conditioning support to various Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes from various sporting disciplines including badminton, sailing, table tennis, athletics, judo, tennis, sprint cycling, bobsleigh and Paralympic disciplines.  His main areas of expertise lie in the field of strength and power development and main interests include strength and power diagnosis, long term athlete development and the stretch shortening cycle. Matt has been responsible for development of Sport Wales’s national injury/movement screening system for young athletes which is rolled out to all coaches in Wales.  Matt will provide a specialist extended practical workshop giving attendees the rational behaving the screen and the tools to deliver it themselves.