Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Q&A with a sport scientist. What do they do?

Michael Halliday is a Head Coach at AD and the Lead Coach at the AUT University Akoranga Campus on the North Shore. He is...

Are your athletes listening?

Whilst setting up to present at a coach seminar on the weekend, the speaker before me jokingly noted – “most of us are just...

Goal setting. Are you doing it right?

Setting goals is easy. All you need to do is to decide what it is you really want and write it down. The hard...

More instead of better?

As a young athlete it’s easy to get caught up watching the professionals. They make the game look so easy. The Sonny Bill Williams’...

5 minutes late, again.

“But coach, it’s only 5 minutes, I slept in.” You’re right, it is only five minutes. Is punctuality really that important? The thing is that...

3 Ways to Better Engage with your Athletes

1. Always greet your athletes with an open ear We’re often so invested in getting the content of our session out that we treat our...

Difference between good and great

Recently I attended the sports awards dinner for a local high school. I missed another that same night, and will be heading along to...

The Natural, The Thinker and The Hustler

Have you ever wondered why some athletes appear to engage much more in certain types of exercise and activities than others? Consider an athlete...

Love Sport and Science? 3 exciting career options you’ll be interested...

My final two years at secondary school were an exciting time in my life. I was having great success in my sport as a...

AD in the media: Challenge yourself to be the best you...

Achievement at Athlete Development looks a little different to common perceptions of the word. Being on time to academy for a whole month, performing...

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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...

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...