Steve Curnyn (Hibernian FC Academy): Creating Ownership

In this episode of the Athletic Evolution Podcast Steve Curnyn, Head of Academy Football Medicine and Science at Hibernian FC discusses: His journey into coaching, including his 5 minutes of fame! Why ownership is the ultimate success in a youth physical development program. Why bringing the energy or being the “magic man” is so important. […]

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Simon Brundish (StrengthLab): Physical Literacy for Superheroes,

In this episode Simon Brundish founder of StrengthLab and the renowned Superheroes physical literacy program discusses: How many coaches have come from a PE teaching background. His unique purpose for coaching kids The problems with modern day PE curriculum How he came to create the Superheroes program and it’s success in both schools and sports […]

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Andy Bruce – Implementing Strength & Conditioning in an Independent School

In this episode Andy Bruce discusses: His unusual journey to becoming a Youth Strength & Conditioning Coach What “success” looks like to him as a Youth coach The challenges of implementing S&C in an independent school setting A new app he is involved in developing to help monitor the various activities of school pupils His […]

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Sam Guy & Rob Smaldon: Running a successful youth coaching business

In this episode Sam Guy and Rob Smaldon, Founders of Cornwall High Performance (CHP) discuss: Their varied sporting backgrounds. How Cornwall High Performance began. The challenges they face coaching youth athletes. The autonomy of running your own business vs being an employed coach. Advice for those running a youth coaching business. You can listen to […]

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Grant Mcleod: Creating a common coaching language

In this episode Grant Mcleod, Head of Performance Projects at Buriram United FDP discusses: The challenges of coaching in a foreign language and culture in Thailand. Creating a common coaching vocabulary and syllabus. Using small sided games to develop technical skill and conditioning. Why different age groups require specialist coaches. You can listen to the […]

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Shane Fitzgibbon: 6 x World Champion in Tae Kwon Do

In this episode Shane discusses: The influences behind his entry into Martial Arts. His dual career in Martial Arts Instructing and Strength & Conditioning Coaching. His “Why” for coaching kids in particular, with one of the best coaches a compliment can receive! The 4 chores he makes all his students/clients complete. Why “3rd party power” […]

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Fergus Pringle: From South Africa to Edinburgh Rugby

From South Africa to Edinburgh Rugby with the Watsonians Super 6 Head Coach and former Romania Under 20’s Coach and East Lothian Development Officer… *This podcast was originally recorded in January 2018* In this episode Fergus discusses: Growing up in South Africa playing cricket, rugby, squash and hockey How he got into coaching as a […]

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Ben Pipes: From Hull’s concrete floors to the Olympics…

From Hull’s concrete floors to the Olympics with the former Team GB Volleyball Captain and London 2012 Olympian. *This episode was originally recorded in February 2018*.  In this episode we discuss:  Ben’s journey from discovering volleyball as a schoolboy, to playing at a Home Olympic Games in front of 15,000 fans and sharing a bubble […]

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Podcast Launch!

After much deliberation and procrastination, we’ve finally taken the plunge and launched our own podcast! Here’s an introduction to the podcast and an overview of what to expect!

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What makes an effective Coach? Communication Skills

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed the key factors I’ve seen that are universal to great coaches that I’ve had the privilege of witnessing in action. I have decided to focus in particular on Communication Skills, as this is an area that I often see limiting less experiences coaches both in sessions and […]

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