The 3 biggest mistakes coaches make in Athletic Development (Part 1)

I’ve been involved in youth athletic development for over 10 years now across a variety of sports and contexts. Unfortunately, I regularly see the same mistakes appear in athletic development programs for young athletes… 1. Going sport-specific too soon I see this one quite a lot. A coach or parent often requests a “sport-specific” training […]

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Ask the Expert: Katie Richards (British Gymnastics)

Katie is a former Senior Sport Psychology & Coaching Science Lecturer at St Mary’s University, and has been a leading figure within the GBR gymnastics scene for several years, offering sport psychology support to a number of clubs and coaches. Additionally she works for British Gymnastics, as the Coach Education Development Manager, as well as […]

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Gymnastics Conditioning for Sport Coaches Workshop!

After the success of our “Strength & Conditioning for Youth Athletes” and “Animal Flow for Sport Coaches” workshops, we are delighted to announce our next workshop in conjunction with Edinburgh Leisure: “How to utilise gymnastic conditioning in your training sessions“, taking place on from 7-9pm on Sunday, March 31st at Ainslie Park Leisure Centre for […]

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Ask the Expert: Howard Green (Bolton Arena Tennis Academy – Head of S&C)

Howard has been the Head of Strength and Conditioning (S&C) at USN Bolton Arena High Performance Tennis Academy for nine years. He’s experienced at preparing professional and junior players at WTA, ATP, ITF and Tennis Europe levels – most notably working with two world number one athletes, Ana Ivanovic and Laura Massaro (squash). He is […]

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RacketEdge Conference Review

On Saturday 2nd February, I woke at the crack of dawn to make the 3 hour drive south to Bolton Tennis Arena for the RacketEdge Conference 2019. I’m pleased to say it was a worthwhile trip! Now you might think it’s strange that an S&C coach working primarily in rugby went down to a conference […]

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Ask the Expert: John Radnor (Cardiff Met University)

John Radnor is a Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He leads the provision of S&C for the Welsh Rowing Squad, predominantly working with the GB Start Athletes. John is also in the final stages of completing his PhD in Paediatric Exercise Science. John will be presenting on “Implementing LTAD models in Youth Sport” at the upcoming UKSCA seminar in London on March 6th! 1)What has led you into youth sport? My […]

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11 Reasons kids play sport (245 Raising the Bar Podcast)

In Episode 2 of the 245 – Raising the Bar Podcast produced by NYFA, I sat down with Gabriel Ekbeck, Owen Southgate, Karl Lundén and Helder Brito to discuss present and the top 11 reasons kids play sports, a list based on a research made by Amanda J. Visek, PhD, available here. You can listen […]

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Ask the Expert: Brett Klika (SPIDERFit Kids)

Brett Klika, is the founder of SPIDERfit Kids and is regarded as an international expert in the field of inspiring kids to be active for life. He has teamed up with previous “Ask the Expert” guest, Shane Fitzgibbon to host a Certified Youth Physical Literacy Specialist training in Galway, Ireland on May 18th and 19th. You can find out more about this […]

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Try before you buy…

I was chatting with one of my S&C colleagues, Uti Ousselam the other day. One of the things we were discussing was how people often think that buying a certain new piece of equipment or software would make a dramatic improvement to the quality or results of their training program. Often the failure to get […]

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245 Raising the Bar Podcast

On my first trip to Sweden to visit NYFA, we sat down to record a few episodes on their brand new podcast “245 – Raising the Bar“. In this episode, I sat down with Gabriel Ekbeck to discuss: My role within Scottish Rugby What Athletic Evolution is all about The paradox of resources and coaching […]

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