In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Strength & Conditioning Coach & Sports Science Lead at Aspire Academy, James Baker. Not only is James working at Aspire Academy but he is also Director of Proformance Strength & Conditioning who are putting on three conferences this year on long term athlete development. James didn’t go through the traditional route to get into his current position which makes this chat so interesting. He was a PE in Gloucester and developed one of the first official strength and conditioning school programmes in the UK. There is so much in this episode if you work with youth athletes or if you are wanting to work in schools as a strength and conditioning coach.

If you enjoyed this episode with James Baker, you may enjoy these others focusing on youth development – Jeremy FrischPaudie RocheCraig Harrison.

In this episode we discussed…

  • Who is James Baker (background, education and experience)
  • Aspire
    • Transition to Apsire
    • Aspire vs St Peters
      • Integrating S&C in PE (UK)
    • Track development programme
  • Monitoring growth and maturation
    • Challenges to implementation
    • Various options – new ways of thinking
  • LTAD pathways
    • Evolution of the pathway across different stages
      • Slowing down/maintaining development vs accelerating at certain stages
    • LTAD in elite performers vs non-elite performers
    • Integration of gymnastic and parkour
      • Where does it fit?
  • Child to Champion

James can be found on Twitter @proformanceteam

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by Kitman Labs. Kitman partners with leading sports teams to achieve consistent success, on and off the pitch. Over 150 teams across the globe use Kitman Labs’ Athlete Optimization System to simplify daily operations and rely on the company’s unique analytics to uncover the factors that influence success. You can find Kitman Labs at and on Twitter @kitmanlabs.

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