Andy Blyth (Simplyperform): Teach it, Test it, Tweak it

Andy Blyth is a Sport and Performance Psychologist, based in Edinburgh, specialising in one-to-one coaching to help people get better at what they care about.  Andy is also the owner of Simplyperform, as well as the Academy Sport Psychologist Hearts Football Club. In this podcast Andy discusses: How a Roman Emperor has influenced his practice. […]

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Allistair McCaw Workshop Review

Last week, I was fortunate to attend the “Leadership and Team Culture” Workshop with Allistair McCaw, which was hosted by Kanzen Karate and Abertay University. Allistair McCaw is the author of 7 Keys to Being a Great Coach, Champion Minded and Becoming a Great Team Player . He is also a human performance consultant with […]

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Howard Green (Director of HGreen Tennis Fit): Lessons from the Royal Marines

Howard Green is the Director of HGreen Tennis Fit, as well as the Head of Sports Science at Bolton Tennis Arena.  In this episode Howard discusses How his background in the high performance environment of the Royal Marines has shaped him as a coach. His time “in the box” with Ana Ivanovic and Naomi Broady […]

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Louise Hastie (Movement Evolution Scotland)

Louise Hastie is one of the Directors at Movement Evolution Scotland. In this episode Louise discusses: Her unique childhood background. Her background in recreational and competition skiing. The balance of winning medals and fostering intrinsic motivation. Inclusive and exclusive methods of long term athletic development. You can listen to the episode in full here. You […]

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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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Ask the Expert – Andy Woodward (Barnard Castle School)

Andy is the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Barnard Castle School and PEP Sports weeks performance sports camps, as well as the Throws and Speed Coach at Darlington Harriers Athletics Club.

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Back to the drawing board

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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Not too little, not too much

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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