Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Let the games begin

To meet the high-intensity demands of a competitive match, while at the same time withstanding fatigue, two things need to happen. First, your heart needs...

EP 69 – Amanda Stanec – Finding Joy in Physical Activity...

“Movement is truly the vehicle to teach the principles, to engage with others in joyful ways, to then problem solve and transfer that to...

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,...

EP 68 – Nick Levett– Becoming a More Aware Youth Coach

“As coaches, what we do is create environments that draw people’s attention to the things they need to consider, that will help them be...

Creative People

By nature, creative people: View the world uniquely; Have a wider range of emotions; Make connections between one thing and another in ways that...

The Most Effective Use of Talent

How we behave depends on what is important to us. When our goal is winning the U15 league this season, we pick the bigger, faster...

The Individual Performance Plan

Reaching your potential requires clarity. A clear vision of where you want to go and how you're going to make it happen. The individual performance plan...

The Holistic Approach

No longer is developing the technical and tactical skills of the athlete enough. Now, developing the physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills of the person...

The pursuit of prevention

The anterior cruciate ligament tracks deep within our knee joint. It attaches to a notch on the bottom of the femur and runs to...

EP 67 – José Figueira – Head Coach of the New...

Today on the show I’m joined by José Figueira. José is currently the head coach and director of football at Team Wellington FC, where 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...