Athlete Development

Athlete Development

3 Things to avoid when signing your child up for sport

With so many sports and development programme on offer these days, it’s hard to know what’s right, and what’s not, for your child. Here...

Reduce injuries by focusing on what matters most

Old school thinking says that, to make the top, athletes must do two things: work hard and train more than everyone else. One of those...

Environment is Everything

The smell of the first XV training room on game day is distinct. Peppermint infused heat rub, lynx scented deodorant and old mud all...

Ready, willing and stable

Infancy is marked by the search for balance. After thousands of movement iterations, a young child finds a stable, upright position and takes her first step. But...

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...

Four Ways to Develop Better Athletes

The best coaches take the time to understand their athletes so that they can provide the best environment to help them succeed. 1) Understand your...

Stone Skipping and Youth Sport: What can it teach us?

When I was 12 we took a family vacation to New Zealand’s South Island. We flew into Christchurch, picked up a rental car and...

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...

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...

How to Stop Your Emotions Affecting Your Game

Does your game crumble under high pressure? Are you hard on yourself when you make a mistake? Are you quick to blame others when...

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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...