Athlete Development

Athlete Development

EP 20 – Martin Toms – It’s Not About You but...

My guest on the show today believes that the what we experience as a child and the people we hang out the most has...

The Role of Teamwork in Youth Sport

The value of teamwork in sport is clear. Mike Krzyzewski, the men’s basketball coach at Duke University, led his team to five NCAA championships. He’s...

More instead of better?

As a young athlete it’s easy to get caught up watching the professionals. They make the game look so easy. The Sonny Bill Williams’...

6 Active Listening Techniques for a Coach or Parent

I’ve been lucky enough to interview many of New Zealand’s best athletes, both on the Athlete Development Show, and in the halls of AUT...

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,...

Where do we find range?

Wherever you look, the world is becoming more specialised. Education. Business. And sport… where specific environments are being prioritised at younger and younger ages to...

The Voice Inside Your Head

You will face challenges, set-backs and criticism in your sporting journey every day. Ultimately, your success will depend on how you think to overcome...

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 72- Mustafa Sarkar – How to create psychological resilience

“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. ” On the show today, I chat with...

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...

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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...