The UKSCA annual conference takes place in Milton Keynes this weekend. It’s a phenomenally well organised and attended event and a must in the calendar. It always has a brilliant speaker list and I find the workshops very informative and give great insight into the way other coaches approach what they do. It is also a great opportunity to get a perspective from the US with less of a focus on the sales pitch as seems to be the way with a lot of online content based over there.
Last year had some great keynote presenters who were very active in researching the field and didn’t shy away from presenting data which was great to see. Of this year’s keynote speakers, to pick 2, the block periodisation by Vladimir Issurin and assessment of strength and power by Mike McGuigan would be the ones that I’m looking forward to most. Within the breakout groups there are some interesting topics and it’s a shame you can’s see them all but the Harvey Newton and Darcy Norman sessions on developing the ‘coaches eye’ and ‘bullet proofing’ athletes respectively are my top choices.
The best part of the conference for me though is meeting and chatting with my peers. The opportunity to discuss different methods and challenges is very valuable and it is the networking side that I look forward to the most. If you’re there, say hi, I’ll be sporting a mop of curly hair and a beard. Actually, I lied a little there, my favourite bit is at meal times watching a large group of S&C coaches wondering what others will think if they go for a full fry up at breakfast!!