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Using reflection and debriefs to enhance coaching: Wade Gilbert
July 21, 2017
“Why wait for a disaster to have a really open and frank conversation?” Wade Gilbert asked this at the GAIN conference in his presentation on reflection and debriefs for coaches. (This was two days after the Grenfell tower disaster where many people were asking the same thing). Wade said that systematic reflection could be the […]
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Young Athlete

 50% of children drop out of sport completely at the age of 16.

Don’t let your child be one of them.judo fitness

Young athletes are often forced to over compete at a young age and asked to specialise in their sport before they reach adolescence.

Parents find it difficult to say no the various requests from schools, clubs and regions that all want their child to compete. Parents want the best for their child, but are often overwhelmed with too much pressure from conflicting sources.

That’s why I wrote my book “Training young athletes”.

training young athletesTeachers and Coaches know the theory of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), but are pressurised for time and may not know how to train the individual components that comprise sporting performance.

Excelsior offers support to teachers and parents with solid programmes aimed at developing the young athlete at the right time FOR THEM.

Children’s fitness is different from adults. They can’t get fit for sport playing the Wii and are at risk of injury if adult programmes are imposed upon them.

More information can be found in our FREE resource pack.

Athletic Development Club

Designed for young athletes who are playing more than one sport, the Club runs workshops and weekly training sessions. The workshops are designed to educate athletes, parents and coaches and run 6 times a year. They will include:

  • Physical Competency Assessment – to help prevent injuries BEFORE they happen
  • Planning advice – from a neutral perspective to help parents plan the month and year of their child’s development.
  • Physical training programmes that are YOUTH specific i.e. “simple to complex”, “slow to fast”, “static to dynamic”, “unloaded to loaded”.
  • Coach and Teacher workshops to help you transform theory into practice

sports fitness exeterAthletes can then either attend our weekly training sessions in Willand or join the online Sports Training System which shows them how to train at home and at their club.

It is important to understand that the process is Long Term, and that Athletic Development requires a multi faceted approach utilising many different types of activities.

dom hinchcliffe basketball playerI have worked with James since I was 13 years old and he helped me mature from a lanky teenager with no co-ordination to what I am today.

His consistency and variation of training as well as the amount of time and effort he put into me helped me make regional teams as well as having a top 8 basketball team in the country at aged 14.

His structured training has vastly improved every aspect of me as an athlete: speed, agility, flexibility and co-ordination have all improved massively. Even though I may not be able to see him as much due to a busy college/ life timetable I use many of his training programmes and follow his podcasts closely.

I’ve grown up with many different coaches but the most important coach that I attribute my success and developments to is James.”

Dom Hinchcliffe, basketball player and A level student.

Don’t wait until it is too late, contact us for a free initial consultation and help your child achieve a happy, healthy and successful sporting experience.

by James Marshall

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Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy
James was in sole charge of fitness related matters, organising and implementing training programmes... also provided players with mentoring and advice on nutritional needs. He varied the programmes and was keen to keep ideas fresh and designed activities suitable to help young rugby player's progress. James was keen to put time into the thought process of his ideas and carry out to a very high standard.
 
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Upcoming Courses

Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Course – London – **NEW DATE**
19 Aug 2017

Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Course – Kensington, London. 19-20 August 2017. Venue: Westway Sport & Fitness Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd, London W10 6RP Asessment Day – Sunday 1 October 2017. Cost: £280 including materials and access to online resources. To book send a deposit of £100 here. The deposit is non refundable.  Once the full balance has been paid and […]

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