Sam McKenzie (The Australian Football League): The rise of professionalism in youth sports.

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Sam’s coaching background includes multiple coaching roles for AFL New Zealand, however, he has primarily been a skills coach in Rugby Union and League, specialising in kicking and high ball catching. He has worked across the youth, community and professional ranks, including the Auckland Rugby Academy and the New Zealand Warriors NRL team.Sam completed a […]

Nathan Parnham (The Sporting Parent, St Augustine’s College): Having an impact on individuals for life.

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Nathan Parnham is an Athletic Development Coach based in Sydney Australia. He has worked in various roles throughout his career in the development and professional space across both genders for close to two decades. He has recently taken up a role as head of athletic development for St Augustine’s College. He has played role in […]

Shayne Murphy (Scottish FA, City Football Group, Setanta College, SDM Performance): The developing football athlete

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Shayne qualified with a first- class honours degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences from University of Limerick in 2010, completing his MSc in Sport Science in 2012, certifying as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2013. Shayne has been working in elite football for over 11 years across first team and academy squads in the […]

Robin Eager (England Rugby): The developing rugby athlete

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Robin is currently the Men’s Pathways Athletic Performance Manager at England Rugby, having worked with the Under-20s team for 6 seasons now. Having previously held roles in the Academies at both Gloucester Rugby and Leicester Tigers, Robin has good experience working with the developing Rugby Player. In this episode Robin discusses: His involvement with England’s […]

Amy Spencer & Megan Hill (Southampton FC): Maturation in a Professional Football Academy.

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Amy Spencer is an Accredited Sports Psychologist at Southampton FC. She has worked at the club for the last eight years ranging from 1st team players to U9’s, covering various aspects of performance to well-being. She is also currently completing a PhD in mindfulness in football. Megan Hill is a final year PhD Student at […]

Mark Robertson (ASM Clermont Auvergne Rugby Club): From the Scottish Borders to Brazil

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Mark Robertson is a former International Rugby Sevens player and Olympian, amassing 56 tournaments for Scotland Sevens, securing their first ever HSBC World Series win in London, as well as winning a silver medal for Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Since retiring he has worked as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for the […]

Dr Martina Navarro (University of Portsmouth): The Athletic Skills Model

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Dr Martina Navarro is a Senior lecturer in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth. She is an Experimental Psychologist, with a range of interests in the area of skill learning, expertise and performance under pressure. Martina is particularly interested in how practice design and psychophysiological processes mediate motor development and […]

Owen Satterley (Better Human Performance): The Student Athlete

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Over the last 19 years Owen has worked with youth, senior, international and professional athletes as well as working in the entertainment and corporate health industries, spending time working in London, Australia, and New Zealand. He also has a history, as an athlete, in rugby, CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. In this episode Owen discusses: Helping […]

Strength of Mind Podcast Interview

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My good friend Gavin Ellis recently asked me to be a guest on the Strength of Mind Podcast. “In this episode, Rob shares his experiences both personally and professionally. He provides heartfelt insight into the importance of mindset in dealing with bereavement and uses that as a catalyst to his success and impact on others. “ […]

Kelvin Giles (Movement Dynamics): Who's developing the Coaches?

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Kelvin Giles is a legend in Strength and Conditioning. A former UK National and Olympic Track and Field Coach, he spent 30 years in Australia’s High Performance Sport environment across organisations including the Australian Institute of Sport, Queensland Academy of Sport, the Canberra Raiders and the Brisbane Broncos. He also led the Australian Rugby Union […]