Athlete Development

Athlete Development

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...

EP 35 – Nicolas Gill, Ph.D. – Coaching the All Blacks,...

“It’s not about how sore you become, or about how hard you’ve pushed yourself into a hole, it’s about the value you’ve added to...

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...

The Bank of Confidence: What to Deposit for Sporting Success

Confidence is impossible to touch. Unlike speed, which can be easily measured, confidence is intangible. However, defined as one’s belief in their own abilities,...

An important question for every sports parent

A generation ago, parents believed that development occurred naturally. As long as the basic needs of love, play and security were met, they had...

3 Things I Recently Learned About Talent

Last week we ran a conference on talent development. I opened the day by giving a short presentation on talent, and how it's effecting...

Surviving the Gap: Navigating Puberty in Sport

Beware of the gap. It’s a challenging time for you - physically and psychologically. Some of your friends will be experiencing it already, some not...

What can we learn from Isaac Newton?

Sir Isaac Newton, widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time, complied three laws of motion. He used them to...

What can we learn from skateboarding?

No coach. No rules. No scheduled training sessions. Yet hours of purposeful practice. Why? Part of the beauty of coaching early morning training sessions is...

The problems with developing early and how to avoid it

There are two times in life when you go through an accelerated period of growth. The first is during infancy. It’s a rapid stage...

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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...