Ben Pipes: From Hull’s concrete floors to the Olympics…

From Hull’s concrete floors to the Olympics with the former Team GB Volleyball Captain and London 2012 Olympian. *This episode was originally recorded in February 2018*.  In this episode we discuss:  Ben’s journey from discovering volleyball as a schoolboy, to playing at a Home Olympic Games in front of 15,000 fans and sharing a bubble […]

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Podcast Launch!

After much deliberation and procrastination, we’ve finally taken the plunge and launched our own podcast! Here’s an introduction to the podcast and an overview of what to expect!

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What makes an effective Coach? Communication Skills

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed the key factors I’ve seen that are universal to great coaches that I’ve had the privilege of witnessing in action. I have decided to focus in particular on Communication Skills, as this is an area that I often see limiting less experiences coaches both in sessions and […]

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The 4 elements of an effective Coach

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to see many great coaches in action, whether they be technical coaches or S&C coaches. These have covered a variety of sports such as Rugby Union, Football, Swimming, Volleyball, Weightlifting to name a few… Recently I was reflecting on what are the factors that determine effective coaching and I’ve […]

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Ask the Expert: Dave Hembrough (Sheffield Hallam University & Hallam Barbell)

Dave Hembrough is the founder and head coach of Hallam Barbell Weightlifting and Strength Training Club and Sheffield Hallam University’s lead S&C coach, as well as co-leader on the MSc program in Strength and Conditioning Coaching. He has a Sport Science undergraduate degree, a MSc in Sport Injuries and Rehabilitation as well as a PGDip […]

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Ask the Expert: Tim Stevenson (School of Calisthenics)

Tim has been a professional strength and conditioning coach working with elite athletes since 2008. He was part of the Paralympics GB team at the Rio 2016 games and throughout his career he has supported athletes to win major medals at European, Commonwealth, World and Paralympic championships. He is a UKSCA Accredited coach and has […]

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Ask the Expert: Kevin Mannion (Gloucester Rugby Academy)

Kevin Mannion is currently the Academy Performance Manager at Gloucester Rugby. Previously he has worked with Leicester Tigers, British Tennis and Wigan Warriors. He is also a former Rugby League athlete, playing for both Great Britain and England students, as well as playing professionally for Oldham. 1)What has led you into youth sport? I have […]

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Grassroots Football Podcast Interview

Recently I was invited by Steve from The Grassroots Football Podcast to dispell some of the myths around youth athletic development, as well to discuss why Strength & Conditioning is an important of training for all age groups, as well as dispelling some of the myths around youth training… You can listen to the full […]

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Book Review: Atomic Habits

Title: Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones Author: James Clear Topic: Psychology, human behaviour, performance habits Appropriate for: Compulsory reading for Athletes, Coaches, Parents Overall rating: 5/5 – go out and get it now!!! Overview: I think this should be compulsory reading for athletes and coaches… […]

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Ask the Expert: Marcus Hannon (Everton FC & Liverpool John Moores University)

Marcus is an SENr registered performance nutritionist, currently working with Everton Academy and Northampton Saints. Marcus has worked with a range of youth and adult athletes across a variety of sports including football, rugby and boxing. Alongside his current roles, Marcus is also completing a PhD at Liverpool John Moores University, investigating the energetic requirements […]

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