Athlete Development

Athlete Development

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...

EP 41 – Cesar Meylan – Cross-disciplinary development, Talent identification and...

“Balance is key. You need time to regenerate, and reflect. And part of balance is about having fun. Are you still enjoying it when...

EP 58 – Dr Harry Bowles – Do I Really...

My guest on the show today is Dr Harry Bowles (@HBowles124), a lecturer in Physical Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales. Harry is...

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...

3 Common Mistakes Youth Athletes Make

The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace a long-term learning process specific to your individual goals and needs. Unfortunately, the ease and safety...

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...

Summer training: How to stay on track & keep improving

Now that school’s out and the summer holidays are here it can be easy to get distracted from working towards your sporting goals. Therefore,...

Stop Checking Facebook Before Bed.

Sleep. How important is it? Are you getting enough and is it good quality?  Do you schedule it into your weekly training plan? Most youth...

Part 3. Goal setting makes all the difference

For a long time I thought the idea of goal setting was a waste of time - a tedious task that stands in the...

EP 52 – Jayne Dunbar – Sport as a Vehicle for...

My guest on the show today is Jayne Dunbar (@dunbar_jayne). Jayne is the Careers and Pathways Project Leader at Hobsonville Point Secondary School, in...

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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...