Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Ready, willing and stable

Infancy is marked by the search for balance. After thousands of movement iterations, a young child finds a stable, upright position and takes her first step. But...

Think about thinking

When the ball goes in, we focus on what the athlete did to make it so. How fast she ran to make the break, how...

Jump in

Effective all around the court, Roger Federer is renowned for his exceptional footwork and apparent effortless movement. But where do these abilities come from? More tennis? In...

EP 64 – Jo Kember – Developing Movement Skill in Primary...

Today on the show I’m joined by Jo Kember, the Leader of Learning at Whangaparaoa School, on the peninsula 30 minutes north of Auckland....

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...

When esteem is tied to achievement

Our experiences determine how we see the world. What we value, think is right and wrong, and what we believe is best for the...

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EP 69 – Amanda Stanec – Finding Joy in Physical Activity...

“Movement is truly the vehicle to teach the principles, to engage with others in joyful ways, to then problem solve and transfer that to...

Don’t sleep on sleep

Sleep is an essential nutrient of life. Such is its importance, an increasing body of evidence now links poor sleep to chronic disease, including obesity,...

EP 68 – Nick Levett– Becoming a More Aware Youth Coach

“As coaches, what we do is create environments that draw people’s attention to the things they need to consider, that will help them be...

Creative People

By nature, creative people: View the world uniquely; Have a wider range of emotions; Make connections between one thing and another in ways that...

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...