- Justin Bredeman: ‘ Developing the World’s Biggest Soccer Education Franchise for Young Soccer Players ‘
Justin is President of Soccer Shots , the largest Sports Education Franchise in the USA and consistently recognised by ‘Entrepreneur Magazine’ as the Number 1 Children’s Fitness Franchise.In 2017, more than 335,000 children participated at Soccer Shots Franchises in 180 territories in the USA and Canada. The programme has a high focus on Early Learning and Character Development and is endorsed by The US Youth Soccer Association as it’s Official Program for 2- 5 year olds
- Chris Ramsey : ' The Capabilities Continuum - Maximising what young players CAN DO in their Individual Development’
Chris is an extremely experienced coach and player developer - currently Technical Director at Queens Park Rangers FC in England and was for 10 years Head of Player Development at Tottenham Hotspur FC and contributed to the development of the many English Players in the current ‘ Spurs first team
- Laura Finnegan: ‘ The Implications of Relative Age Effect for Grassroots Football and Talent Development ‘
Laura is Course Leader of the Recreation and Sports Management Courses at Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland.Laura has researched extensively on RAE and Talent Development in Irish football.
- Igor Jankovic: ‘ Football Participation Trends in Europe - Growth and Talent Development in Eastern Europe ‘
Igor was formerly Head of Development at the Serbian Football Association for 8 years and founded The Serbian Children’s League from where the majority of players came for the Serbian Youth Teams to win the UEFA Under 19 Championship, the 2015 FIFA under 20 World Cup and also from where a large % of players have graduated to the current 2018 Senior Serbia National Team
- Martin Brock: ‘High Quality Grassroots Football to retain participation and provide a Talent Identification Pathway’
Martin founded and developed the ‘ Junior Premier League ‘ to be the largest Grassroots Football League in England with over 14,000 players aged 8- 17 years and the first FA Standard Charter National League to be accredited. The League sits underneath the English Academy System and has not only high levels of Retention but also provides on average 10% of it’s players movement into the Academy System per year
- Michael Beale: ‘ Insights into the potentially Talented Young Players’s Journey from 5 to 23 years of age ‘
Michael is currently Head of coaching for the Foundation Phase ( 5-11 year olds ) at Liverpool FC Academy . Previously he had been coach for Liverpool’s Under 15,16,21 and 23 squads and been Senior Development Coach. He had a year as Assistant Manager of San Paulo FC in Brazil and for 10 years worked for the Chelsea Academy with players from Under 6 to Under 14 years of age. He was a co-founder of www.academysoccercoach.com, has developed a blog and devised his own Individualised Payer Development Programme . At some stage in their development he has coached over 40% of the players who were part of the successful England Under 17 and Under 20 World Cup Winning Squads in 2017
- Sergio Lara-Bercial :‘Developing High Quality FREE Generic Online Courses for Coaches in Multiple Languages’
Sergio works for Leeds Beckett University and the International Council for Coaching Excellence and has extensive international experience in the development and evaluation of coach education programmes and systems. He is also a former international basketball coach for Great Britain and at the youth level has coached boys and girls teams to 16 national championships in England. He is project Director for iCoachKids, a not-for-profit Erasmus+ co-funded initiative creating three three Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs to support and guarantee access to high quality coach education to all coaches around the EU and beyond. Coaches will be able to sign up for the MOOCs individually or as part of a course edition run by the specific organisation they are part of. So this is a great opportunity for Clubs and Associations to use these High Quality Generic Online Course Content to supplement their face to face training or to add specific branded personalised online course content as an ‘ add-ons’
Question and Answer with Les Caffrey: Developing a Unique , World Leading Smart Phone App to assist Talent Identification
Les Caffrey is Head of Academy Recruitment for Salford City F.C. An experienced scout, coach and talent identifier for Manchester City's Junior Academy Les have developed a world leading a unique smart phone app to support talent identification.His system GTS is used by a number of English Premier League Academies - For a review of the system by the Planet Football Website (which has already attracted over 125,000 visits) click here
- Giuseppe De Giorgi: ‘ Developing an Online Community to serve the needs of the Grassroots Player of the 21st Century ‘
Giuseppe is CEO & Co-founder of fubles.com, a sports sharing platform with one of the most active communities in Europe. Fubles provides a platform to support casual, recreational 5-a-side footballers with over 700,000 registered players at over 17,000 Centres in European Cities. Forbes Magazine wrote of Fubles; ‘Fubles revolutionises the way amateur sports are played by connecting players, matches and sports centres’
- Saul Isaksson-Hurst : ‘Creating World Class E-learning for Young Players’
Saul is the Founder and Owner of MyPersonalFootballCoach.com. Saul has 10 years experience of working in Premier League Academy football with Tottenham Hotspur FC and Chelsea FC with particular strengths and interest in working in the Foundation Phase (8-11s). He has now developed a ground breaking new interactive homework football training programme which provides e-learning technical training to support independent learning for players of all ages and abilities.
Current users include the Academy of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC who utilise the training portal for their foundation phase (9-12s) players.
- Robin Russell: ‘ Identifying Potentially Talented Young Players’
Robin will share the extensive research he has conducted as part of a project with the PFCA ( a sister organisation of the LMA ) on this subject including some of the video interviews with a number of former Youth Football Academy Mangers and Coaches including from several clubs : Liverpool ( Steve Heighway ), Everton ( Alan Irvine ) , West Ham United ( Tony Carr) , Spurs ( Chris Ramsey ),Southampton ( Martin Hunter) & Manchester United ( Paul Mcguiness).Topics will include - ‘ Identifying Hotspots’ , ‘Finding Late Developers’,’ Working with Parents ‘ and ‘How Grassroots and Talent ID can both progress & prosper’