LTAD – BS or Brilliant? (Part 1)

Applied coaching

“Long Term Athlete Development” or LTAD is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot in sport today. If you hang around any grassroots club long enough you’ll find some fancy chart on a wall with lots of nice colours and specific age brackets detailing how to turn your uncoordinated kid into the next (…insert famous […]

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Youth Strength Training – Book Review

Applied coaching

I’ve decided to start reviewing a book each month on a variety of topics from basic training principles, methodology, psychology and general youth-sport related topics. The reasons for these reviews are two fold: It forces me to think about my own development and ensure I read a book each month It may be useful to […]

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Back to the drawing board

Applied coach

Last night I had my first session providing strength and conditioning sessions working at a basketball club. I remember when having the initial discussions with the club, they asked “What is the ideal group size for you?”. I didn’t really give this much concern as in the past this hasn’t really been an option to […]

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The 10,000 hour rule – fact or fiction?

Coach development

If you’re involved in sport at any level (particularly grassroots) then you’ve probably come across the 10,000 hour rule, developed by Anders Ericsson. In simplest form, this “rule” suggests that it takes 10 years or 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve “mastery”. Since this suggestion has become widely publicised, it has become the foundation […]

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Welcome to Fortius Training!

Uncategorized

Hi everyone, Firstly – welcome to the Fortius Training Blog!! The purpose of this blog is to provide information for anyone involved in the coaching and training of young athletes! Whether you are a parent of a child who loves sport, the coach of the local club’s Under 10’s side, or anyone involved in elite […]

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Not too little, not too much

Applied coach

Some time ago I attended a UKSport Talent Coaches Breakfast seminar at Bournemouth University, given by a sports psychology lecturer Bryan Jones. He told a story from his time working with a Midlands football club. He told us the story of two vastly different youth players. The first was recruited from Germany, a talented young […]

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