The Change of Direction and Agility Course for Sports Performance Practitioners

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


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



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 course is a 10-week curriculum to help you understand and apply 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

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 the other required movement and locomotion 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 discussion, debate and opportunities to problem solve. Without this, what you learn won’t transfer, no matter how many times you consume it.

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.

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

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

This is a course AND a life-long online community

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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 in much depth. We have lots of opportunities to learn a little about sprinting and speed training, but team and raquet sports are multi-directional.

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. You also get longer term support and the opportunity to learn whilst being part of a community

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.

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)

What You'll Learn

  • How to analyse tasks in the sport to identify key constraints which influence perceptual and physical demands
  • How to profile athletes for multi-directional strength and weakness
  • How you can integrate perceptual skills into your training to optimise in game performance
  • How you can train to achieve physical overload AND perceptual skills at the same time
  • How to analyse deceleration, cutting, stop and go’s, curve runs and defensive movements
  • What skills you should be training for different agility movements
  • What key factors influence ACL injury risk and performance
  • How to progress pre-planned training towards tactically specific situations using constraints
  • Plus a whole lot more from our guest presenters and other students!

What You Get

  • In-depth content videos for you to digest in your own time through an App or a web browser
  • 6-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 10 guest sessions from coaches working in different environments including: 👇

Leigh Eggar: Frans Bosch style training and dynamic systems

Dan Howells: Working and communicating with coaches

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

James Wild: 1:1 Agility Assessment and Investigation

Harry Ramsey: Perception and Action Coupling

Dr Warren Young: Assessing Agility

James Wild: Video Analysis of Acceleration Technique


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 discussion spaces, working groups and networking opportunities to ensure that you can dive into the details with people who work in a similar context, but 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. 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 and discussion spaces is dependant on your chosen package

What if I cant attend the livee 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 2 x Q&A's throughout the 8 weeks of the course 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

Agility as a whole can be overwhelming to start with. So pick up all the COD technical model modules and planned training content now, then come back for the other components when you're ready!

  • Full access to the COD curriculum for 12-months!
  • 6-live group Q&A's throughout the year
  • Community access to ask questions, discuss and share your work for 12-months

🧱 The Agility Lab Standard

  • Full access to the whole course for 12-months!
  • 6-live group Q&A's throughout the year
  • Community access to ask questions, discuss and share your work for 12-months

🌟 The Agility Lab Premium

  • Full access to the whole course for a lifetime!
  • 6-live group Q&A's each year
  • Lifetime community access to ask questions, discuss and share your work
  • Access to all guest sessions from past and future groups!

Still need a smaller step? Or something very specific?

Check out our mini-courses for specific modules here