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Leaders in Performance

The AIS has partnered with Leaders Performance Institute to offer a series of virtual 90-minute learning events

The AIS has partnered with Leaders Performance Institute to offer a series of virtual 90-minute learning events to drive high-performance learning by reflecting on leading behaviours and practices.

Each interactive learning event will discuss key insights with leaders from high-performing organisations, from within sport and other leading industries. The following events are open for registration and are available to high- performance personnel from NSOs, the NIN, games partners and professional sports.

Register to attend session 3

Series Event 1 – Reviewing the Impact of the Elite Player Performance Plan at the Premier League

Program Dates:
Tuesday 13th September 2022 4.15pm – 5.45pm (AEST)

Neil Saunders, Director of Football, Premier League

Neil has spent 10 years working for one of the most successful sports organisations in the world, the Premier League, where he is currently Director of Football. Prior to this evolution in role, Neil was Head of Youth Development and had responsiblity for the delivery of the Premier League's Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), a long-term plan with the aim of developing more and better home-grown players. Prior to joining the Premier League, Neil was a professional footballer, playing for Watford FC and Exeter City FC.

Series Event 2 – Performance Support at New Zealand Rugby Union

Program Dates:
Tuesday 29th November 2022 8.00am – 9.30am (AEDT)

Mike Anthony, Head of High Performance, New Zealand Rugby Union

Mike is the Head of High Performance for New Zealand Rugby Union with a wider remit across the NZ Rugby pathway, bringing 25 years experience working in rugby across a range of successful high performance sporting environments both within elite teams and leading high performance programmes. With NZ Rugby specifically, Mike has also held roles including High Performance Player Development Manager and High Performance Sports Science Manager. He has now been with the organisation for 14 years.

Series Event 3 – Wellbeing & Engagement Practice at the AFL

Program Dates:
Tuesday 28th February 2023 8.00am – 9.30am (AEDT)

Kate Hall, Head of Mental Health & Wellbeing, AFL

Kate is a clinical psychologist and  senior academic in addiction and mental health at Deakin University. She leads the Mental Health and Wellbeing team at the AFL. She has worked with AFL and AFLW footballers for many years to address mental health conditions and optimise wellbeing. Her role at the AFL requires her to lead policy, research and cultural reform to create mentally healthy and capable systems that support the wellbeing of all AFL people and communities.

Series Event 4 – Coaching & Development at England Rugby

Program Dates:
Tuesday 23rd May 2023 4.30pm – 6.00pm (AEST)

Eddie Jones, Head Coach, England Rugby
Neil Craig, Head of High Performance, England Rugby

Eddie is currently the Head Coach of the England Rugby Union team. He has also coached the Brumbies, Japan, the Wallabies, Randwick, Suntory Sungoliath and also worked as an assistant coach for the South Africa national team when they won the Rugby World Cup in 2007. Neil is currently Head of High Performance for the England Rugby team assisting Eddie. Neil also consults with the AIS in a coach development capacity. Neil is most known for his work in the AFL, previously working with Melbourne, Essendon and Carlton across a variety of roles.

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