Jersey Sport Foundation Conference 2017

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Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Jersey

Rue de L'etau

Saint Helier


United Kingdom

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Friday 21st April 2017 6 - 8pm

Saturday 22nd April 2017 8am - 6pm


Friday 21st April 2017

18:00 – 20:00 Pre Conference Matt Archer - Movement Screening, Preparation and Injury Prevention in Youth Sport

Saturday 22nd April 2017

08:00 – 08:45 Registration/Networking

08:45 – 09:00 Opening Remarks

Connétable​ Steve Pallett - Assistant Minister with Responsibility for Sport

09:00 – 10:15 Keynote

Professor Mark Tremblay - Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Behaviour and Disease

10:45 – 12:00

Ian Freeman - From Child to Champion: Developing Responsible Athlete Pathways and Physical Literacy Programmes

12:15 – 13:30

Simon Brundish - Developing Effective Movement Curriculum for Children in PE, Sport and at Home

13:30 – 14:15 Lunch/Networking

14:15 – 14:30 Conference Address

Chief Minister Ian Gorst

14:30 – 15:45 Keynote

Dr Kate Hays - Anxiety & Confidence Strategies in Sport & Life: A Look into Preparing Young People for High Pressure Situations

15:45 – 16:15 Tea & Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:30 Keynote

Dr Mike Young - Long Term Physical Preparation of Athletes: Insight into the Development of Multiple Olympians, Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks Teams

17:30 – 18:00 Q&A’s and Closing Remarks

The JSF is delighted to host its inaugural conference. For the first time ever in Jersey, world leading specialists are coming together to discuss development of youth sport, health and the tackling of sedentary behaviours and related disease. The time to improve our children’s and adults ability to move is now! As such, the conference will bring together multidisciplinary specialists from all over Jersey and take part in a series of workshops delivered from world leading experts in physical literacy, foundational movement pattern coaching, psychology, movement/injury screening and child development.

We aim to provide all who work with getting people to move the most up to date knowledge and practical tools to change sport, health and fitness forever. The conference will also provide an excellent opportunity to network and connect with other likeminded individuals in the field.

This is certainly one not to be missed. Jersey is a unique destination, not only for sport but due to all of the scenery and landscapes that it boasts. To maximise the experience delegates have previously combined their
learning and a short holiday in this beautiful island.

If you are a commonwealth games registered athlete, council member or sports liaison officer please contact the CGAJ administrator prior to booking your ticket.


Pre Conference – 21st April 6-8pm (Youth Injury Prevention Symposium)

Movement Screening, Preparation and Injury Prevention in Youth Sport

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)

Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Behaviour and Disease

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.

From Child to Champion: Developing Responsible Athlete Pathways and Physical Literacy Programmes

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 completion. 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.

Developing an Effective Movement Curriculum for Children in PE, Sport and at Home

Simon Brundish – Strength Lab: Superheroes

Simon is the developer the innovative 'Superheros' functional movement programme, in particular he is heavily involved in working with the development of strength and movement skills within primary schools and rehabilitation programmes for adults. Simon’s work provides an refreshing approach to the current National PE Curriculum and provides a step by step model for coaches and personal trainers to develop or regress strength training. 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 and adults the tools to be able to use in sports specific/functional 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.

Long Term Physical Preparation of Athletes: Insight into the Development of Multiple Olympians, Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks Teams

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 recognised 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, while debunking some of the common myths associated with youth and female strength training. 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.

Anxiety & Confidence Strategies in Sport & Life: A Look into Preparing Young People for High Pressure Situations

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 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. She has also been very popular with many business leaders in utilising these strategies for presentations and interviews.


What accomodiation is available during the conference?

The Jersey Sport Foundation has agreed a special delegate rate with the Radisson Blu Hotel, at £110 per night p/p inclusive of breakfast. Please quote the JSF Youth Conference 2017 when booking for this rate. Alternatively, please contact us for help with booking accommodation. This rate can be extended to multiple nights if you would like a break away in Jersey after the conference.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Yes, please note that this conference is for anyone over the age of 12. Please bring photo ID along with your ticket.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

By Plane:

There is only one airport in Jersey. From the Airport, you can either take the No 15 bus to St Helier Bus Station, and walk to the Radisson Hotel which is only 5 minutes away. We can provide a route map from the Bus Station to the Radisson Hotel on request. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the airport to the Radisson.

By Boat:

There is only one main ferry terminal in Jersey which is Elizabeth Harbour. From the harbour the Radisson Hotel is a 5 minute walk away. A route map can be provided from the Harbour to the Hotel on request.


There is ample free parking at the Radisson Hotel car park. Please let us know if you are planning to park at the Hotel so we can have a badge printed for you to put on the dashboard for the duration of the day.

Is lunch provided?

Yes, there will be light lunch offered and a beverage selection at set breaks to include; coffee, tea and water.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

It is advisable to bring some snacks with you as well as loose fitting clothes for practical elements. Notepads and pens will be provided. Please refrain from the use of video recording/ photo graphs unless the speaker has confirmed that is ok.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please direct any questions to: or contact 01534 765265.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please be sure to bring either your printed ticket or e-ticket to the event. These will be electronically scanned.

What is the refund policy?

You will be able to gain a 100% refund up to and including 22nd February 2017 prior to the event. (A 100% refund after 22nd February 2017 will only be considered in an emergency).

Refunds between 23rd February - 22nd March (inclusive) will be offered at 50%.

No refunds will be offered between 23rd March and 22nd April 2017.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, please ensure that your name matches the ticket name. If you cannot attend, and wish to gift someone else the ticket, please contact us and we will send you an amended ticket. ID will be required.


Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Jersey

Rue de L'etau

Saint Helier


United Kingdom

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