After attending the ‘Gamespeed’ workshop delivered by Ian Jeffries at Leeds Metropolitan University on 17th September 2011, I left with a sound knowledge of speed and movement training that could be directly transferred into my work with the University athletes. Ian started by providing examples from his own extensive experience and how he came about developing the coaching methods he uses today. Ian provided scientific and technical reasoning for his drills and explained in detail how they could be used with a variety of sports and manipulated to suit a vast range of abilities. An aspect of this workshop which I really enjoyed was the simplicity of the material we were provided with, therefore allowing the drills to be taught easily in any setting and without a need for expensive equipment. Despite the ‘back to basics’ approach, Ian made it clear how effective mastering simple movements and techniques can be on improving athletic ability and speed. Since attending the workshop, I have transferred the skills I learnt from Ian into my work with the Leeds Carnegie Basketball team and the Yorkshire Jets Super League Netball team. The material has been easy to coach and the players have begun to develop key skills that have had a positive impact on their performance on the court. I would definitely recommend this workshop, as well as the set up at Leeds Met, the day ran smoothly and was well received by all who attended.
Strength and Conditioning Coach