Athlete Development

Athlete Development

3 steps to becoming elite

Over the past 10 weeks I’ve been helping 10 top athletes from a local school take the next step up to elite performance. We...

The law of gravity

On earth, gravity gives weight to our body, constantly pulling us down. Yet in many sports, success depends on overcoming it. We can fight against it,...

EP 13 PART 1 – Sam McEntee

On the 18 August 2016, Sam McEntee stepped up to start in heat 1 of the 5000 meters at the Summer Olympics games. He...

Structure without control

Structure is the arrangement of the parts of something complex. It's found in nature, architecture, meaningful relationships, and an enriched learning environment. We need structure. It provides...

Talk less. Listen more. The Importance of Family Support in Athlete...

“They didn’t really push me. They didn’t force me to do anything. But they still supported me in everything I did”. - World Champion...

Barriers to your athlete’s A game

Every sport has unique movement demands. Take basketball, for example. Here is a list of the physical skills required to play the game: Jump Sprint ...

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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...

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...