Athlete Development

Athlete Development

The Youth Sports Coach and the Parent: Same Job, Different Context

The outcomes we hope for in our coaching are the very same outcomes we hope for as a parent. Specifically, a young person who...

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...

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...

Dear Coach, all that matters to you is the result.

All that matters to you is the result. You say that you care most about the intrinsic values sport offers, like fun, fair play, teamwork,...

Winning vs Development

Win the game or develop my players? A fascinating question. There’s no escaping it. So much of success is measured on winning. And so it becomes...

The Spice of Life

For so long we’ve been told that to get better you need to train hard. That the one who turns up every day and...

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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...