Legacy – March Book Review

This is a very interesting and thought provoking read. It provides a pretty candid view into the culture of one of the most successful sports teams of all time.

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In keeping with my challenge to read a book a month (you should try it!), here is my latest book review…


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Make it fun – Lewie Lett (Playground to Performance)

In this first episode of the “Ask the Expert” series, I interview Lewie Lett – coach of the British University Beach Volleyball Team, founder of “Playground to Performance” and former coach of GB Beach Volleyball pairing Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf.

Hi everyone,

You may have noticed me mentioning on Facebook that I’ve been working on adding a new feature to the blog. So I’m very excited to announce the launch of the Fortius Training “Ask the Expert” video interview series. The aim of this series is to interview a different practitioner involved in youth development each week. These may be different experts such as technical coaches, sport scientists, strength and conditioning coaches, or researchers directly involved in youth sport.

In this first episode of the “Ask the Expert” series, I interview Lewie Lett – coach of the British University Beach Volleyball Team, founder of “Playground to Performance” and former coach of GB Beach Volleyball pairing Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf.
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Getting more BANG for your BUCK!

Time waits for no man…at least that’s how the saying goes. We all have time pressures.

As an athlete you may be balancing the time required to train, study, socialise, relax, eat and sleep! As a coach you’re probably balancing time required to plan, deliver sessions, eat, sleep, maintain a relationship with your partner/kids as well as some time to yourself!

We all wish we had more than 24 hours in the day, but the reality is we can’t stretch that 1 day, 24 hours, 1440 minutes or 86400 seconds any further!
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The Growth Mindset – February Book Review

In my opinion anyone who has anything to do with the development of children should read this book annually! I’m talking anyone involved in a sporting, academic or relational context

Apologies for the delay in recent posts, particularly the book review for February! Starting a new job has lead to me chasing my tail for the last week or two!.

Well with no more delays here it is!


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Golden generations gone wrong.

In the late 80’s and early 90’s the U20 Portuguese football team was hailed as a “golden generation”, winning not one, but two junior world cups back to back. They were predicted to be a massive success in senior level international football. These junior Portugal squads were packed to the rafters with stars in the making – Abel Xavier, Joao Pinto, Paulo Sousa Fernando Couto, Amaral, Rui Costa,  and not to mention a certain Luis Figo!
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The Toolbox Method

Some time ago I attended a UKSCA pre-conference seminar/workshop on strength and conditioning for youth athletes. There were numerous speakers including Joel Brannigan – then Head of Strength & Conditioning at Northumbria University. His lecture gave an overview of his role and responsibilities as a University level S&C coach in the UK. At the time I was working at the Leaf Elite Athlete Academy in Bournemouth. The athletes I was working with were younger, but ultimately should have been aiming to compete at university level in the future.

At the conclusion of the lecture there was some time for questions. So I asked something along the lines of “As a university S&C coach, what would you like the athletes coming to you to be competent at?”. His response was that they should be able to run, jump and possess the basic fundamental skills of training.
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LTAD – BS or Brilliance? (Part 2)

In my previous post LTAD – BS or Brilliance (Part 1) I discussed the initial forays made into LTAD by Istvan Balyi and his creation of the LTAD model. I also discussed some of the criticisms of his model, with the conclusion that there was some significant space for improvement.
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