Athlete Development

Athlete Development

EP 47 – Warrick Wood – Self-Determinations Theory and the Winter...

“It’s not about winning, it’s about pursuing something, it’s about working hard and mastering your craft.”   My guest on the show is Warrick Wood (@warrickwood)....

Relationships Are More Important Than Gold Medals

The golden sand of Hahei Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula was my summer haven growing up. My days were spent swimming, fishing, diving and...

Why Movement Skill is Essential for Children

One of my favourite Olympic events is the gymnastics. Why? I like the variation in apparatus. The rings, bars, vault, floor, the gymnast does...

EP 60 – Jeremy Frisch – Promoting Freedom of Movement and...

Jeremy Frisch (@JeremyFrisch) is the owner and director of Achieve Performance Training in Clinton, Massachusetts in the US. Here he works with a range...

Less Hustle, More Precision: Why the Best Athletes Focus On Skill

There’s a deep-rooted belief in youth sport that training should leave you sore, red faced and out of breath. A belief that the fittest...

EP 54 – Maria Folau – Positive Parenting, Learning to Shoot,...

“You can’t make excuses. You had to wake up every morning to train. You had to eat the right foods and make sure you...

5 things parents can do to help their kids get more...

This sign has been doing the rounds on social media for a little while now. It’s proven to be very popular with a lot...

7 Things Great Youth Coaches Get Right

Remember the backyard shooting games you played as a kid? ‘Around the World’, free throw shootouts, and one-on-one battles. When the ball was bouncing, it...

EP 10 – Dr Sean Cumming

Kia Ora people, and thanks so much for tuning in to the Athlete Development Show…. a show all about the youth athlete, and their...

3 Things to Remember These Holidays to Help Make 2018 Your...

School’s done for another year (phew!). The sun’s out and there’s only a few more sleeps until Santa comes! Time to put your feet...

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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...

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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...