Physical Literacy Project
Working in partnership with the States of Jersey Community Sport Development team the JSF technically leads the Jersey Assessment of Physical Literacy Project which aims to assess the multiple aspects of physical literacy such as daily behaviour, motivation & confidence, knowledge & understanding, and physical competence of Jersey children.
The Physical Literacy project is the first of its type in the UK, and Jersey is spearheading the campaign in order to get children healthier.
The project has partnered with a number of primary schools in Jersey and aims to provide measurement, tracking and intervention support to schools. Through our data we aim to develop research that will guide Jersey in implementing effective health initiatives.
The JSF Talent Programme is an exciting initiative that has been set up to provide young people with an interest in performance in “non typical sports” with a structured long term pathway towards performance sport. Although this is not to be seen as a “fast track”, the opportunities presented on the programme to selected children will vastly accelerate their progression in sport.
Young athletes will be subject to a range of physical, nutritional, lifestyle and mental programmes, all designed to fully prepare the body and mind for the rigors of future involvement in high performance sport. They will also be given the opportunity to try new sports, meet potential sponsors, meet and learn from current high performance athletes, test themselves and access pathways that they would not ordinarily be able to.
The main body of the programme focuses on setting the stage for the later success by way of mastery of the general athletic skills which include elements of athletics (speed and power), martial arts (agility, flexibility, spatial awareness and mental toughness), calisthenics (strength/power) and movement competency (efficiency and mobility).
Once successfully accessing the programme, young athletes/students will be guided and tested to identify their key attributes, and map them intelligently to relevant sports that possess the environment to foster medals at Island Games, National Championships, European/World Championships and Commonwealth Games.
Strength and Conditioning
The Strength and Conditioning service aims to develop and enhance the physical capability of every local performance athlete. The JSF employs an athlete centred approach which involves specialised gym-based training designed to improve total body power, running acceleration, speed, change of direction and movement efficiency.
The JSF Performance Nutrition Programme provides evidence based nutrition works shops and one on one support to its athletes and coaches. The JSF covers the five key areas of athlete nutrition which include: sports specific performance nutrition, supplementation education, food preparation skills, healthy eating for younger athletes and anti-doping education.
Through our partnership with Performance Physiotherapy the JSF provide specialist high level Sport Physiotherapy services to all Performance Programme athletes. Through this partnership the JSF hope to aid the assessment and treatment of injuries to ensure a return to sport as quickly as possible.
Performance planners help Jersey Sport Foundation Performance Programme supported athletes put in place a plan to achieve their sporting goals. This may include identifying an appropriate support team of sport science, sport medicine and athlete lifestyle specialists, coordinating the effective delivery of support, and regularly reviewing plans. Athlete Lifestyle is a flexible service that works with athletes in whatever ways they need support surrounding their main sporting focus.
The JSF utilises professional evidence based sport psychology services with the aim to help our athletes prepare psychologically for the demands of competition and training especially away from Jersey. Rather than waiting for problems to occur, our approach to performance psychology is about developing a system that ensures that athletes develop mental toughness. The psychological ‘wellness’ of our athletes and coaches is of paramount importance, with the overarching goal being to improve results through proactive performance enhancing psychology support to Performance Programme athletes via our ‘Performance Programme Services Curriculum’.
The development of effective participation and performance in sport is dependent upon building a sustainable effective long term athlete development pathways. These pathways should clearly demonstrate to all the necessary steps that are needed to provide athletes with an optimal environment to flourish regardless of what their sporting aspirations are.
Health, participation and performance all originate from the same place: physical literacy; and as such this should become the bedrock of our sports system. Sports play a key role in the development of a healthy society and have a responsibility to young people to deliver well rounded physical activity programmes that not just develop performance but also health. In very much the same way as a child progresses through a maths syllabus at school, athlete development pathways ensure that the right things are done at the right time to support the journey of the young person from child to champion.
We recognise that associations need help to put these plans in place, and as such the JSF partners with a wide range of sports to help support the development of such plans and provide the skills to deliver the necessary programmes.
The JSF aim to be the key provider of quality athlete development education in Jersey. We work in partnership with local sports associations to increase the capability of those involved in the delivery of school based physical literacy and sport based athlete development programmes.
Coach Development delivery is based around a unique blend of short practical seminars focused towards relevant areas of youth athlete development. In addition the JSF is an accredited 1st4Sport Education Centre and currently offers formal QCF Accredited Level 1 and 2 Multi Skills (Physical Literacy) qualification, and Level 1, 2 and 3 Strength and Conditioning qualifications. These qualifications will allow local coaches a pathway into working in physical literacy and strength training.
We are committed to bringing international expertise and innovation to the Island. In our inaugural Jersey Sport Foundation Conference in 2017 our focus was around physical literacy and youth development and in 2019 we were delighted to welcome Kevin Giles, an international superstar of physical literacy and performance development. We hope that these Conferences will put Jersey on the map internationally for youth sport science and coaching.
Support to Sports Associations
The Jersey Sport Foundation works in partnership with local Sports Associations to develop best practice in athlete development. The JSF provides the Associations with technical support in long term athlete development policy and hosts specialised workshops for coaches, athletes and parents.
The JSF Performance Internship is designed to allow local students and coaches get real world practical experience coaching performance athletes, whilst following a formal vocational qualification pathway to qualify them as independent practitioners in the realm of physical preparation.
The internship will allow practitioners or future practitioners to gain the valuable experience and knowledge to enhance their ability to gain employment on and off island. It also provides an invaluable option for local sport and fitness professionals to learn new skills or refine their current ones through expert workshops.
Participants will be able to get hands on experience with the Island highest performing athletes under the watchful eye and tutelage of the JSF Performance Coaches. The Programme supports a range of athletes from developmental level to world class, so the breadth and depth of experience available is exceptional.
1st4sport Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport (QCF).
1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport (QCF).
1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport (QCF).
Speed Development for Sport
Strength and Power Development for Sport
Jump, Landing and Elasticity Training for Sport
Access to Performance Coaching Education is accessed via three routes:
Performance Internship (Includes internship, certification and workshops).
Certification and workshop (excluding internship)
Workshop Access Only
Terms and Conditions
Route 1: Performance Internship
Full Performance Internship Level 1(Experience, Level 1 qualification and performance workshops). Cost: Free. Minimum Experience Expectation: 10 sessions post qualification.
Full Performance Internship Level 2 (Experience, Level 2 qualification and performance workshops). Cost: Free Minimum Experience Expectation: 20 session post qualification.
Full Performance Internship Level 3* (Experience, Level 3 qualification and performance workshops). Cost: Free. Minimum Experience Expectation: 30 sessions post qualification.
*note entry criteria apply – please speak to JSF.
Route 2: Certification and workshop (excluding internship):
Level 1: £150 (minimum of 4 sessions observed plus 1 assessment session).
Level 2: £300 (minimum of 8 sessions observed plus 2 assessment sessions).
Level 3: £500 (minimum of 8 sessions observed plus 2 assessment sessions).
Route 3: Workshop Access Only
Workshop Attendance: £75 each.