How to actually get a job in coaching (Part 1)

I remember graduating from my Degree, wide eyed and na├»ve, thinking I would just walk into a fulltime role in sport. I had got a decent degree, a variety of experience and the UKSCA accreditation, so why wouldn’t I? Fast forward 7 years and I’m older, wiser and more importantly…I’ve got fulltime role coaching in […]

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Review: Animal Flow for Sport Coaches Seminar

On Wednesday 28th of November at Meggetland Sport Complex, in conjunction with Edinburgh Leisure, we hosted the “Animal Flow for Sport Coaches Seminar”. As someone who is always looking for new approaches to training, Animal Flow struck me as a useful alternative method of coaching mobility to athletes, hence why I had been enthusiastic to […]

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A Coach’s guide to Bio-banding – Why, What and How?

Following on from the very popular guest post from Steve Curnyn of Hibernian FC Academy on “Growth and maturation in Academy footballers“, it seems logical to follow this up with an overview of Biobanding – What it is, Why it’s used and How it’s implemented. Why use Biobanding? As shown by various scientific studies, the […]

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Creating a culture: A case study

“Culture” seems to be a buzzword these days. From the All Blacks, Manchester United or the Chicago Bulls, coaches seem to be highly interested in what a “high performance” culture is, how one is created and how they can instil a culture in their squad. With this in mind, I thought I would offer a […]

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Growth and Maturation in Academy Footballers (Guest Blog: Steve Curnyn – Hibernian FC Academy)

Steve Curnyn is Head of Academy Football Medicine and Science at Hibernian FC Academy. After a fantastic site visit to see behind the scenes at Hibernian FC, he generously accepted a request to write a guest post on growth and maturation in youth footballers and the monitoring and adaptation to their day to day training […]

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It’s not you, it’s Gordon Ramsay…

Imagine you are dining in a nice Michelin Star restaurant. You enjoy a delicious starter, followed by a great main course and a decadent dessert. You have had a fantastic experience and your tastebuds have been sent into overdrive. It’s a brilliant experience and you’ve thoroughly enjoyed yourself. You thank the chef and the service […]

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What is the real problem with grassroots sport?

Sport is an incredible tool. Some athletes may grow in self esteem and confidence because of it. Some athletes may learn valuable health and fitness lessons from it. Many will make life-long friendships because of it. And some athletes may be lucky enough to make a fulltime career out of it. So just what’s wrong […]

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Interview on the Jersey Sport Foundation Podcast

This week I was interviewed for the Jersey Sport Foundation Podcast. You can listen to the interview in full here…

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What to do when loading goes too far: regaining control in the weight room…

Many coaches ramp up loading too quickly, simply because they can!

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5 ways grassroots coaching made me better…

Use your community coaching experience as a springboard to improve as a coach!

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