Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Forget Running. Play More Games.

Aerobic fitness is crucial for team sport players. It helps you produce ‘game-defining’ high-intensity efforts, and to sustain these efforts for the duration of...

The Most Effective Use of Talent

How we behave depends on what is important to us. When our goal is winning the U15 league this season, we pick the bigger, faster...

How to motivate your athletes without being over the top: Part...

Part 1 . Turn Up Ready To Work Hard Skills can be trained, unlike a person’s height. Training your skills is less about your genes and...

Get down and give me 10

Yesterday while out running with my Aussie Shepard I ducked into my local primary school to bust out some bodyweight gymnastics on the jungle...

The Menstrual Cycle and How It Affects the Female Athlete

It’s well-known that sex differences between men and woman exist. Differences that affect your physiology. But what’s not so well known is how these differences...

Quantity vs. Quality: doing more gets in the way of learning

The way in which many of our youth sport environments are st ructured creates an environment which leads athletes to believe that just doing more is...

Beware the leaky bucket

The quickest way to fill your bucket of potential is to dump as much water as possible into the top. To find any old...

EP3 – Stevie Baxter: Cultural Diversity, Motivation, and the Impact of...

In this episode we cover the influence of culture working in such a diverse ethnic city such as Auckland. We chat about the importance of...

Creating Environment: How can Coaches learn from the All Blacks?

“If you play for something bigger than yourself you play a bigger game.” The All Blacks are one of the most successful sporting teams on...

Ep 73- Dougal Allan- Dreaming big, the art of reflection, and...

“I think I learnt from quite a young age that I was able to really become more reflective and make more sense of the...

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There are these common generational myths that have been passed down to us and it would be fair to say that we really don’t...

AD Alumni: Anna Steven

We're shining the spotlight on some of Athlete Development's alumni who are doing great things in their chosen sport. Meet sprinter Anna Steven, who...

Preparing for school and club sport

Now that school and club sports teams trainings and games are gearing up again, what can your young athletes do to better prepare for...

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...