Workshop Review: How to utilise gymnastic conditioning

On Sunday 31st March, Athletic Evolution and Edinburgh Leisure hosted a workshop led by 2018 Commonwealth Games Gymnast, Shannon Archer. This practical workshop focussed on how sport coaches could utilise gymnastic activities in their own sport coaching. Given the mistaken clash with Mother’s day, we had a great turnout of 25 attendees… The main inspiration […]

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Ask the Expert: Dr Darren Britton (Solent University)

Darren is a lecturer in Sport Psychology at Solent University. Darren first graduated with a BSc (Hons) Psychology from Bournemouth University in 2011, before completing an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Brunel University in 2012. Darren then completed a PhD at Bournemouth University, investigating the role of stress reactivity in the development of […]

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The 3 biggest mistakes coaches make in Athletic Development (Part 2)

In the Part 1 of this series, we highlighted how going sport-specific too soon, chasing load too soon and lacking a long term view are common mistakes coaches make in Athletic Development across sporting contexts. In Part 2, we will suggest some coaching solutions to help you avoid these pitfalls! 1.Build a toolbox of varied […]

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Ask the Expert: Dr Kevin Till (Leeds Beckett University)

Kevin is a Professor in Athletic Development within the Sports Coaching group at Leeds Beckett University. Kevin has published over 120 international scientific peer-review publications over the last decade related to youth athletes, strength and conditioning, sport science and coaching. Kevin is also a UKSCA accredited strength and conditioning coach and has worked across multiple […]

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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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Ask the Expert: Steve Curnyn (Hibernian FC Academy)

Steve Curnyn is Head of Academy Football Medicine and Science at Hibernian FC Academy. He recently wrote a hugely popular guest post on growth and maturation in youth footballers , as well as how they monitor and adapt day to day training of academy players at Hibernian FC… 1)What has led you into youth sport? […]

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Ask the Expert: Dr Sean Cumming (University of Bath)

Dr Sean Cumming is one of the most active researchers in the area of growth and maturation in the contexts of sport and exercise. He is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Bath and has worked in research and consultancy roles for a number of governing bodies and professional […]

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Athletic Evolution in Sweden!

I’ve just recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Sweden. This came about after being approached to become a consultant for the National Youth Football Association (NYFA), a new platform to positively affect youth sport via coach and player education in Sweden and beyond… I flew out from Edinburgh on Friday evening, arriving into Gothenburg […]

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Ask the Expert: Kelvin Giles (Movement Dynamics)

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 […]

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Ask the Expert: Tom Coughlin (Nutritionist – Scottish Rugby)

Tom is the Performance Nutritionist at Glasgow Warriors Rugby Union Club and works for the Scottish Rugby Union, heading up the nutrition education and delivery for their age-grade pathway. Tom also consults with various individual athletes of mixed abilities, from recreational to Olympic level. He holds an MSc in Sport & Exercise Nutrition from Loughborough […]

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