Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Flip the narrative

Tuesday and Thursday night practice is a time for improvement. A time to focus on what's not so good in our bag of tricks. To...

Pat Chat: Nutrition advice for youth athletes

In the first in a three-part series,  AD Academy Programme Manager and Lead Coach Patrick Davenport focuses on demystifying nutrition for young athletes.  Nutrition plays...

The evolution of injury

From our very first breath, we are designed to move. On a quest to satisfy fundamental needs, we learn to roll, crawl, stand and, eventually,...

Making strides

Every morning, AUT Millennium's Sports Hall is buzzing with noise. Music acts as a backdrop to the array of obstacles and equipment laid out,...

What makes sport fun?

The positive benefit sport can provide kids is highly dependent on one thing: continued involvement. If a child drops out, which evidence suggests is happening...

Ep 78- Sophie Devine – Passion, purpose and playing cricket for...

"If you focus on what’s important to you and your standards, then that's really the only thing that should matter... finding your own path...

Ep 77- Rick Howard – Professor and Expert Youth Fitness Coach

"I have a kid who could be a pretty good athlete, but if he gets a 97 on a test, his parents ride him...

Where do we find range?

Wherever you look, the world is becoming more specialised. Education. Business. And sport… where specific environments are being prioritised at younger and younger ages to...

EP 76- Peter Verdin – Movement Engineering

"Relationships are the biggest thing for me. Building relationships and rapport with students is going to create a much more joyful experience for them...

Range

I’d like you to do something for me. Take a jump to the left, and then a step to the right, put your hands on...

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Pat Chat: Sleep enhancement for youth athletes

In the second of our three-part series,  AD Academy Programme Manager and Lead Coach Patrick Davenport focuses on the importance of sleep for the...

How can you build psychological safety?

When it comes to pursuing excellence, moving from where we are now to a place that is more effective, how we behave is what...

Ep 79: Paudie Roche – The Arsenal Way

"We're looking at long-term athlete development, and that requires a lot of patience, coaching and structure to the programme where performance isn't the end...

What is youth sport for?

I recently asked this question to a group of school coaches from various sports in a professional development workshop I facilitated. Here’s what they came...

Flip the narrative

Tuesday and Thursday night practice is a time for improvement. A time to focus on what's not so good in our bag of tricks. To...