Kevin Mannion (Gloucester Rugby Academy): Building autonomy and giving something back

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Kevin Mannion is the Academy Head of Performance at Gloucester Rugby. In this episode Kevin discusses: His Rugby League career. How academy success is built of longevity of staff. Making yourself redundant as a coach. Being vulnerable enough to ask others for their expertise. Involving parents in the academy journey. Positively affecting parent/athlete conversations. How […]

Darren Ritchie (England Athletics): The importance of Coach Development and Mentoring

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Darren Ritchie is the Event Group Lead for Jumps and Combined Events at England Athletics. He previously spent 11 years at Scottish Athletics in variety of roles including National Jumps and Combined Events Manager, Performance Manager, National Coach Development Manager and Head of Coach Development. In this podcast, Darren discusses: His career as an athlete […]

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

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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. […]

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

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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 […]

Louise Hastie (Movement Evolution Scotland)

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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 […]

Fergus Pringle: From South Africa to Edinburgh Rugby

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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 […]

Not too little, not too much

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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 […]