Under the banner of GO! Chase Excellence, four seasoned youth sports professionals in the United States and the United Kingdom have teamed up to host a new kind of online event, including our CEO Gordon MacLelland. The 2019 GO! Chase Excellence Think Tank to Improve Youth Sports will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in the many fields that are vital to the success of youth sports.
The focus is not to dwell on what is not working. Rather, from the foundations of science, research, and professional practice, expert presenters will offer practical ideas for solutions that can be easily implemented by youth sports clubs and organisations to improve the experience for young athletes.
- Early registration opens: Feb 20
- Regular registration opens: Mar 1
- Think Tank dates: Mar 20-29 (Sessions available online through Apr 30)
The 2019 Think Tank is organised into six tracks.
- Compete – Coach the Sport
- Compute – Coach the Brain
- Collaborate – Coach the Parent
- Coordinate – Coach the Club
- Cultivate – Coach the Coach
- Correlate – Coach the Person
Each track will offer 10 sessions from experts representing at least a dozen sports on four continents. The ability to secure the participation of such a wide range of professionals lies in the vision and networks of the four co-hosts:
- Sam Snow, retired national technical director of US Youth Soccer and founder of American Made Soccer Consultants,
- Gordon MacLelland, CEO, Working with Parents in Sport, which supports parents and coaches working together to provide children with the best possible sporting experience,
- Reed Maltbie, Founder of Raising Excellence, Co-Creator of Positive Discipline Tools for Coaches, and Curriculum and Coach Development Advisor for Soccer Shots Franchising, and
- Ruth Nicholson, Founder, GO! and a national finalist for 2018 HUDL Innovator of the Year in youth soccer.
Gordon MacLelland is delighted with the team that he has put together for the parenting track which includes Stuart Armstrong, Sergio Lara-Bercial, JP Nerbun, Eira Parry, Sam Elliott, Richard Shorter and Seth Taylor.
“This promises to be a unique event. Whatever your interest in the world of sport, whether you are a board member, administrator, coach, volunteer or parent there will be something for everyone. No more discussing the issues, but simple and practical strategies for all parties to implement immediately in order to improve the whole youth sporting landscape and experience.”– Gordon MacLelland, Working with Parents in Sport