The Change of Direction and Agility Course for Sports Performance Practitioners

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BROADEN YOUR

SKILLS

Fill your understanding gaps in developing deceleration, perceptual skills, ACL injury reduction and constraints based coaching.

MAKE EVERYONE ELSES WEAKNESS YOUR STRENGTH

Enhance your career. Be able to coach COD, get skills to transfer to the game and work more effectively with coaches

CREATE YOUR

OWN SYSTEM

Build your own progression system and receive expert feedback on design and implementation. Work from key principles, don't just replicate others methods.

What It's All About

The curriculum is designed to help you understand and apply change of direction and agility training in all sports.

Ensuring your coaching transfers to performance is your top priority.

Despite this, when in your education as an S&C coach have you covered agility and change of direction development in any depth?

The chances are you probably haven’t…

Agility has been the missing piece in education and application for a long time. We have filled the linear speed gap, but the agility gap is as big as ever. You HAVE to get more comfortable and effective at COD and agility if you want to enhance your career and your impact as a coach

Currently, you go through your strength development programme, add in some speed sessions and maybe the odd multi-directional drill. Then you watch the athletes perform and see everything happening with much greater complexity and uncertainty.

Is what you are doing having an optimal impact on competition?

Are you ignoring other key multi-directional movement skills?

To maximise your chances of success, you need to ensure you have all the tools you’ll possibly need. Agility and change of direction development is one of those tools that few have, and fewer know how to effectively use.

Hence that you, and hundreds of other coaches walk out onto pitch and a filled with anxiety and confusion when it comes to multi-directional speed.

The issue is, agility is complex. Answers to questions often aren’t straight-forward.

It depends… and when it depends, you need to be able to make your own decisions and understand each situation. Without this, you'll be stuck copy and pasting some drills from social media with no-one getting better.

You need to understand the why and the how in your own system.

That is why our curriculum is a semi-guided learning journey, allowing you to learn at your own pace and around your schedule, but with frequent support opportunities via both a commuity discussion platform and live events.

This curriculum combines agility education which you won’t find anywhere else with our innovative course model to become a completely unique experience.

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The Pain of Agility...

As S&C coaches and sports scientists we come from traditionally physiological backgrounds. We don’t learn about movement skill or the interaction of constraints during competition. We now have lots of opportunities to learn a little about sprinting and speed training, but team and raquet sports are multi-directional. Yet education in this area is far from accessable.

Learning is made even harder by the divide in philosophies from low intensity, problem solving, games based approaches vs pre-planned COD and movement perfection approaches.

Luckily, we believe it's always about a balanced approach and that you should have the understanding and expertise to choose for your situation. The course gives you all the tools and every perspective.

Learning this content any other way will cost more time AND money.

You’ll need:

  • To source multiple resources (which barely exist)
  • To make lots of coaching mistakes (which need guidance and reflection to improve)
  • To find support and mentorship (from people you may not know)
  • Or to pay thousands for modules as part of an MSc (where to be honest, you still won’t cover this content)

This curriculum will make your biggest learning hurdle as a coach, a much simpler step in your education journey

Be more confident in coaching agility on pitch

Be more valuable to athletes and sport coaches

Be able to effectively plan representative training sessions with a physical emphasis

Be part of a community of coaches from various sports

Who You'll Learn From

Rich Clarke

Sports Performance Consultant

Rich is a strength and conditioning coach and education professional who specialises in agility training, athletic movement, problem solving and coach education. Rich runs the S&C for Bristol Flyers Basketball but has worked across a number of sports over the past 10+ years.

Dr James Wild

Sports Performance Consultant

Using a blend of S&C and biomechanics techniques with skill acquisition and motor learning principles to help address sports performance problems, James has worked with coaches and athletes across a full spectrum of abilities over the last 20 years, including medal winning teams and athletes at major international competitions.

Dr Neil Welch

Head of SSC Lab at the Sports Surgery Clinic

Neil's work has given him a broad exposure to the role S&C can play in injury rehab, performance sport and general health and wellbeing. His research and coaching interests are predominantly around COD technique and the relationship with various strength and power qualities.

Plus from all of our guests!

Leigh Eggar: Frans Bosch style training and dynamical systems

Dan Howells: Working and communicating with coaches

Dr James Wild: Acceleration profiling and constraints

Dr Neil Welch: The performance and injury trade off

Dr Jason Avedesian: Semsori-motor components of ACL injury risk

Dr Bart Dingeren: COD, Deceleration and Rehab

Will Roberts: A Constraints Based Approach to Athletic Development

Pete Burridge: Applying Agility Training to Team Sports

Lee Taft: Q&A on Defensive Agility Movements

Tony Villani: Developing Agility for the NFL

Dr James Wild: 1:1 Agility Assessment and Investigation

Harry Ramsey: Perception and Action Coupling

Dr Warren Young: Assessing Agility

Dr James Wild: Video Analysis of Acceleration Technique

What You'll Get

  • In-depth content videos (nearly 30hours!) for you to digest in your own time through an app or a web browser
  • 12-live Q&A's a year to check understanding, share scenarios and optimise learning
  • Online platform feedback and support from course mentors. Get 1:1 time with James Wild, Neil Welch or Rich Clarke with our mentoring add on.
  • Tasks and worksheets to help you design training for your own environment and check your understanding
  • Over 15+ guest sessions from coaches working in different environments. More are constantly being added and you can attend all future guest sessions live!
  • Bonus modules on Deceleration, Optimising Performance in 1v1's and more!

What You'll Learn

  • How to analyse tasks in sports, understand constraints and reverse engineer training design
  • How you can train to achieve physical overload AND perceptual skills at the same time
  • How to profile athletes for multi-directional speed skills and what capacities to prioritise
  • What technical models to expect and how they interact with tasks and their constraints
  • How to analyse deceleration, cutting, stop and go’s, curve runs and defensive movements
  • Key physical and perceptual priorities for COD based injury prevention
  • What training and progression models to use on a micro, meso and macro level
  • How to progress pre-planned training towards tactically specific situations using constraints
  • Practical training progressions and frameworks to design your own drills
  • The unique Multi-Directional Movement Skill framework
  • Plus a whole lot more from our guest presenters and other students!

What The Students Have Said!

"Cuts through the noise of social media fluff and gets right to the key principles that actually impact performance and injury risk - Nothing else like this on the market. Highly recommended"

- Ben Saldivar (ACL Specialist Physio, UK)

"One of the most informative and educational courses I've ever done - it's really clearer up an areas I wasn't as comfortable with. Would recommend it to everyone as the content isn't replicated anywhere else"

- Arthur Lawlor (S&C Coach, PE Teacher, Dubai)

"Can't recommend it enough! Great to speak to the experts and other attendees. Undoubtably one of the best courses I've done"

- Harry Jell (S&C Coach, Sheffield United, UK)

"It's immediately impacted how we do things and what we see at the club"

- Tom Ball (Senior S&C Coach, Premier League, UK)

"100% recommended - I hugely benefitted from this course and have applied it to my practice of both sports medicine and performance enhancement"

- Nathan Stern (Dr of Physical Therapy, US)

"Head and shoulders above any course where the experts aren't available and you can't get deep into questions"

- Ned Partridge (S&C Coach, Bristol Bears Rugby, UK)

"Brilliant - COD and agility have always been one big gap for me and I've seen an immediate difference in my practice. The connection with other coaches is the cherry on the cake"

- Diogo Costa, (S&C Coach, Portugal)

"This course is brilliant! Various forms of content, guest sessions, opportunity for discussion and great value!"

- Ash Stoneman (S&C Coach at Bromley Tennis Academy, UK)

"Rich's content is spot on the mark for anyone wanting to improve their agility practices. It's even helped me clarify my own thoughts. Certainly recommended"

- Warren Young (Adjunct Professor at Federation University Australia)

FAQ's

Will the course be sports specific?

The programme is suitable for anyone working in field of court sports. However, where possible we will create specific sport discussions, working groups and networking opportunities, but you'll also benefit from the diversity of thoughts from coaches in other environments.  

What level is the content pitched at?

The content is pitched at MSc level and above where detail, depth and debate are prioritised. The curriculum is not designed as a basic introduction or a copy and paste set of exercises. We recommend that all students have a foundational understanding of sport and exercise science and are actively coaching.

How long can I access the content?

Course content comes with lifetime access and then access to the ongoing guest sessions, discussion spaces and bonus modules is dependant on your chosen package.

What if I can't attend the live Q&A's?

If you can’t make the live Q&A's, you will still be able to network and communicate with your fellow students and ask questions through the online community platform.  

I am a Sports Coach or a Physiotherapist, is this suitable for me?

If you work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to improve on pitch performance, and have outcomes which link to agility, there will be lots here for you. We cover injury risk, perceptual-cognitive expertise, and representative design. Plus, our mentors bring their own specific experiences and skills in application. If you would like to discuss more, feel free to reach out for a chat.  

How will I be supported throughout the course?

There will be one Q&A each month and an unlimited time to ask questions about the content on the community platform. 1 on 1 mentoring sessions are also available to students who wish to sign up for the mentoring package.  

Choose Your Package

Everyone is in a different place and wanting a different thing. Choose a package below, all of which can be spread across multiple monthly payments!

🪜 The COD Curriculum

Access to one of the main modules of the Agility Curriculum which covers COD technical models and the impact of in-game constraints.

Upgrade to the agility programme later!

  • Lifetime course access
  • 6-live monthly Q&A's
  • 6-month community access to ask Q's, discuss and share your work.

🏃‍♂️ The Agility Lab

  • Full access to the whole course for a lifetime!
  • 12-live group Q&A's
  • 12-months community access to ask Q's, discuss and share your work
  • Access to all 15+ guest sessions for 12-months!
  • Access to the bonus modules on deceleration, 1v1's and more

🌟 The Agility Lab Premium

  • Full access to the whole course for a lifetime!
  • 12-live Q&A's each year
  • Lifetime community access to ask Q's, discuss and share your work
  • Access to all 15+ guest sessions!
  • Access to the bonus modules on deceleration, 1v1's and more!

Looking for a smaller step, or something very specific?

Check out our mini-courses for specific modules here:

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