Leaders in Performance 2013 Conference Programme to be announced shortly…
Leaders in Performance 2013 is a closed-doors, invitation-only summit for 350 top coaches, managers and performance directors from across the world, dedicated to achieving sporting excellence.
Through a series of Keynote Presentations, Interviews and Panel discussions featuring top performing individuals who have achieved great success in elite sport, attendees can expect to learn about the concepts, innovations and practical insight that can be applied to take sporting performance to the next level.
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Leaders in Performance 2012 Conference Programme
DAY 1 – 10 OCTOBER 2012
Registration & Networking
Leading from the Top: How Team Culture Predicts Team Success
Sponsored by Herbalife
Team culture and a winning environment are two of the most important ingredients for on field success in professional sport. Individual talent counts for nothing if the ethics, rules and team bonding is compromised. And when a team’s performance on the field has been shaped by the behaviour off it, not only does performance suffer but also the brand. Step forward Stuart Lancaster who inherited a sport in turmoil at a national level after a disastrous period on and off the field yet with an expectation to reclaim the glory of its former years. No pressure then. Stuart went about his business in a dignified and methodical way, rebuilding trust amongst the management and between the team, and reigniting a pride in the jersey. In this session he will look back to those initial months but also ahead to the future in an exclusive presentation to Leaders.
Stuart Lancaster, Head Coach, England Rugby
Fail to Plan? Plan to Fail: How to Get Your Team Ready For Action
Sponsored by Keiser
Thousands of marginal gains, hundreds of interactions, a constant period of assessment, all for one goal. The myriad of factors that go into preparing an athlete for greatness will be the topic of this unique session with two of the most admired practitioners in world sport. Be prepared to take your thinking to a new level with priceless insights into getting a professional athlete or player ready for the biggest moments of their sporting lives.
Charles van Commenee, Head Coach, UK Athletics
Mark Verstegen, Founder, Athletes’ Performance
The Perfect Storm: Innovation, Technology and Performance
Sponsored by ORRECO
Reaching peak performance under intense pressure is essential in the physical and technical world of elite sport, and the innovations that provide marginal gains are what makes champions. Nothing can be left to chance, everything must be monitored and measured and an organisation must balance the flexibility to allow innovation to flourish with the rigidity to execute a strategy. This panel brings together one of Formula 1’s top figures, the man who delivered technological innovation for Team GB at London 2012, and a scientific leader responsible for the performance of NASA astronauts, to highlight the complexity of human endeavour that goes into a winning performance.
John De Witt, Senior Biomechanist, NASA
Scott Drawer, Head of Research and Innovation, UK Sport
Jonathan Neale, Managing Director, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1
Testing in the pursuit of High Performance: The Do’s and the Don’ts
Sponsored by Aspetar
Recent on-field events have highlighted the importance of sports medicine and athlete testing in the elite arena. Identifying weaknesses and limitations in an athlete is a critical process to maximise their performance and avoid unexpected tragedy from underlying cardiac and other conditions. This session will demonstrate how cutting-edge sports medicine and testing will revolutionise how we pursue high performance, how to deliver results, and share a personal experience of a serious cardiac health event.
Dr Mathew Wilson, Cardio-vascular Physiologist, Aspetar
Jean-Pierre Meersseman, Founder, MilanLab
Fabrice Muamba, former Professional Football Player, Bolton Wanderers FC
Greg Whyte, Professor of Applied Sport & Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University
DAY 2: 11 OCTOBER 2012
It’s a Matter of Life and Death: High Performance When the Stakes are at Their Highest
Sponsored by Keiser
Imagine if the team around you were responsible for your life and you theirs? Imagine how you would train. Imagine how you’d think. Imagine the pressure. Now try again. To even apply for an elite military team requires years of dedication and an unswerving determination to be the best. To get in requires a level of performance sports teams can only imagine. In this inspirational session we uncover how the commander of one of the most respected military teams in the world, the Royal Marines, set about creating an unrivalled performance culture where leading under pressure, loyalty to each other, strength in adversity and outright bravery were the minimum requirements of entry. Be prepared to be amazed.
Major General Andy Salmon, Commandant General, Royal Marines
Numbers, Stats, Reports: Does The Maths Add Up?
Sponsored by Prozone
The recruitment and selection of players based on science, fact and numbers is a trend taking over the sporting world. As a discipline it is maturing and evolving with new ideas, more sophisticated models and analysis, but what are the results so far and what is the end game for sport? We talk to practitioners at the sharp end where data drives investment, analysis guides decisions and results are everything.
Mike Zarren, Assistant General Manager, Boston Celtics
Nick Broad, Head of Performance, Paris St. Germain
Business Analytics: In Business the Numbers Never Lie
Sponsored by Prozone
In the modern day, more data is generated every 48 hours than was collected throughout history until 2007 and “Big data” is seen as a key area for competitive advantage in many industries. It is also the basis of the global financial system and modelled at Hedge Funds to generate huge margins and profits. The scale and sophistication of these analytical processes are a gold mine of lessons for the sports analytics community and this session will deliver insights for attendees to apply on the sports field to push the boundaries of human performance.
Andrew Tarver, Partner and Head of UK Operations, Capco
Robert Crenian, Managing Director, Renaissance Technologies
Getting the Edge: New Performance Techniques to Drive Success
Sponsored by Herbalife
The science behind managing a top athlete or sports team covers a huge range of disciplines with every little piece of the jigsaw providing the edge that will mean the difference between success and failure. If you don’t constantly pursue these marginal improvements you won’t stay ahead of the field. In this session some of latest innovations driving performance on the field are discussed in more detail by some of the leading protagonists. Miss it and you will miss out.
John Heiss, Director of Product and Marketing, Herbalife
Sherylle Calder, Founder, EyeGym
Scott Gardner, Performance Science/Coacing Consultant, British Cycling
View from the Top: Leadership in a Changing World
Sponsored by Aspetar
When knowledge, principle, culture and trust come together, raw individual talent turns into high performance. Leadership is at the core of this dynamic especially in the face of intense media and public scrutiny. In this session we hear from two of the leading figures in management and coaching with experience at the top of the sporting spectrum leading national teams in challenging times. It will be a fascinating insight into their leadership style and an exclusive look at life at the top of the coaching tree.
Gary Kirsten, Head Coach, Cricket South Africa
Steve McLaren, Head Coach, FC Twente
Manage to Play: The Drivers of Behaviour for Manager and Player
Sponsored by Emirates
With enormous salaries, commercial endorsements and constant media attention, today’s players are bombarded with distractions that take them away from the simple game of football. Managers meanwhile work under intense pressure in a state of constant flux where they deal with a range of stakeholders, prepare teams, manage budgets, and buy and sell players. This unique panel session brings together top former players and current managers to share their views on how the game has changed, what it is really like at the sharp end of football, and how to get the best out of the modern generation of players.
David James, former England Goalkeeper
Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager, Molde FK
Paolo Di Canio, Manager, Swindon Town FC