Athlete Development

Athlete Development

EP 34 – Nathan Wallis – Harnessing the Human Stress Response,...

“You learn a lot more from the teacher you love than the teacher you’re scared of.” - Nathan Wallis Nathan Wallis is a gifted educator of...

Fitness Testing: Why Most Coaches Get It Wrong

The fastest way to develop a dislike for something is to do it repeatedly without reward. What’s more, when there’s external expectation attached to...

What’s Your Child’s Biggest Challenge Right Now In Their Sport?

Sam is 15, a competitive swimmer. She loves her sport but despite all her hard work in the pool, she’s struggling to get better. I...

Parents, What You Say After the Game Matters

It’s difficult to contain your emotions when you care deeply about something, or someone, and things go wrong. Remember how it felt the last...

What You Need to Know About Playing Up in Youth Sport

On Friday night, after a presentation I gave in front of a room full of sporting parents, I was asked a question about optimising...

Youth Sport: How Much Is Too Much?

How do you know how much sport is too much? How do you know that all the training you’re doing isn’t doing more harm than...

How to Stop Your Emotions Affecting Your Game

Does your game crumble under high pressure? Are you hard on yourself when you make a mistake? Are you quick to blame others when...

Stop yelling from the sideline to go harder, and start teaching...

Have you ever had an athlete pull out of a maximal fitness test claiming they’re done, when clearly it’s just not the case? Have...

3 Exercises for getting faster

Explosive athletes win games. Imagine the rugby player who tears through the gap to score a try in the last minute, or the footballer who...

EP 22 – Dr Jean Côté – Play vs Practice,...

If you’ve read Outliers by Malcom Gladwell, you’ll know that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert. Unfortunately, it’s not quite...

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The thing about feedback

We could express our approval for someone or something and acknowledge success. Or, we could state something to be true, something already there inside,...

Optimising the output?

Thousands of years ago, the Ancient Greeks incorporated competitive sport as a central part of their culture. Over time, it became increasingly organised and regulated....

Not your regular holiday programme

A refreshed Athlete Development Holiday Academy programme was a success over the summer, with 30 keen young athletes enjoying movement-based activities for an action-packed...

The Story of Culture

The school team. The club team. The courts down the street. The private academy. Every environment comes with a story. A story of the beliefs and behaviours of...

EP 63 – Will Roberts and Danny Newcombe – Physical Literacy,...

Today on the show I’m joined by Will Roberts (@w_roberts6) and Danny Newcombe (@dannynewcombe). Will and Danny spend considerable time thinking about how best...