Carnegie Conversations - 'A Collaborative Approach to Developing Yorkshire's Talent' with Andy Rock, Dr Ben Jones and Dr Kevin Till
Thursday, 10 March 2016 from 17:30 to 19:00 (GMT)
A Collaborative Approach to Developing Yorkshire's Talent
Time: 18:00 - 19:00 (arrival from 17:30)
Date: Thursday 10 March 2016
Location: Lewis Jones Suite, Headingley Carnegie Stadium
Speakers: Andy Rock, Dr Ben Jones, Dr Kevin Till
Developing Yorkshire-born players is a priority for both Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire
Leeds Rhinos have the challenge of identifying and developing young rugby league players from a relatively small talent pool and in competition with four other professional clubs within a 20-mile radius.
In contrast, Yorkshire Carnegie have the challenge of finding and developing talented young rugby union players from across Yorkshire, which covers an area of more than 6,000 square miles. To address these challenges, Leeds Rhinos, Yorkshire Carnegie and Leeds Beckett University have initiated the Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) project to investigate the factors influencing the identification and development of talented young rugby players.
This talk will provide an overview of the project and how it is being applied as it aims to create a world-leading, evidenced-based talent development system.
Andy Rock, Academy Director, Yorkshire Carnegie
Andy Rock graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2012 with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching. He headed up the Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence programme at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, helping produce a significant number of England age-group players and future professionals.
In 2014, Andy was appointed academy director at Yorkshire Carnegie. His role involves leading and managing the club’s regional academy programme in Yorkshire.
Dr Ben Jones, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology at Leeds Beckett University and Head of Academy Athletic Development for both Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie
Dr Ben Jones completed his PhD in 2013, exploring fluid balance and sodium homeostasis in rugby players. Since then, Ben has undertaken a number of studies investigating performance and development in rugby. Ben has also published numerous scientific research articles, in addition to co-editing a book called The Science of Sport: Rugby.
Dr Kevin Till, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University and Strength and Conditioning Coach for both Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie
Dr Kevin Till completed his PhD on talent identification and development in rugby league. He has published numerous academic articles on his research within rugby, in addition to co-editing The Science of Sport: Rugby. Recently, his research interests have revolved around player development within youth rugby players and he now co-leads the CARR project with Dr Ben Jones.
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