Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Don’t sleep on sleep

Sleep is an essential nutrient of life. Such is its importance, an increasing body of evidence now links poor sleep to chronic disease, including obesity,...

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...

What’s Your Child’s Biggest Challenge Right Now In Their Sport?

Sam is 15, a competitive swimmer. She loves her sport but despite all her hard work in the pool, she’s struggling to get better. I...

Ep 73- Dougal Allan- Dreaming big, the art of reflection, and...

“I think I learnt from quite a young age that I was able to really become more reflective and make more sense of the...

EP 57 – Rob Waddell – From Child to Champion

My guest on the show today is a legend in New Zealand sport, Rob Waddell. Rob is a 3-time Olympic Games rower, a yachtsman,...

Ep1 – Welcome to The Athlete Development Show

Hello listeners… and thank you for tuning in to the first episode of the athlete development show. My name is Craig Harrison and I’ll...

Listen and Learn: The power of knowing your athlete

In episode 27 of the Athlete Development Show, I spoke with Mystics and Silver Ferns defender Michaela Sokolich-Beatson. On the show, I asked Michaela...

Control

Often, our job is not to teach a young athlete something new, but draw their attention to the familiar. In a recent workshop I ran...

Why the shoulder is so vulnerable to injury and how to...

It’s been bugging you for a while now. There’s a dull ache in your shoulder and the more you play the sorer it gets. Resting up...

The importance of connection

Best I can tell, we all have difficulties in life. Difficulties as in: I let a goal in....

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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...