Podcast/Blog

Andy Woodward (Barnard Castle School): Becoming a more holistic coach

Andy Woodward is the Head of Performance Sport and Strength & Conditioning Coach at Barnard Castle School. In this episode Andy discusses: His background in the Royal Air Force. What his role looks like day to day in the school How coaching multiple sports has made him a better coach. The importance of being holistic […]

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James Marshall (Excelsior): Coach the athlete in front of you

James Marshall is the Owner of Excelsior Athletic Training and Director of Excelsior Athletic Development Club, as well as a coach educator and mentor, business owner and director. He is also the author of “Training Young Athletes”, “Get Stronger”, “Run Faster” and “Jump Higher”. In this podcast,  James discusses: Coming into gymnastics “cold” as an […]

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Paul Kilgannon (CARVER Coaching): Values and character in coaching

Paul is a Coach Developer and Creator of The CARVER Framework. He helps people build their Coaching World. He consult with Sporting Organisations and Clubs as well as Corporate Entities in relation to creating Learning and Performance Environments. In this podcast Paul discusses: How values and character development are a key component of his coaching. […]

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Tom Coughlin (Scottish Rugby): Nutrition basics for young athletes

Tom Coughlin is currently the Lead Nutritionist for the Male Pathway within Scottish Rugby, working from the U16’s National Age Grade Squads, right  up to the Senior National Team players. In this podcast, Tom discusses: Why he uses and athlete-led approach in his practice. The fundamental nutrition habits youth athlete should be focussing on. Why […]

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Kevin Mannion (Gloucester Rugby Academy): Building autonomy and giving something back

Kevin Mannion is the Academy Head of Performance at Gloucester Rugby. In this episode Kevin discusses: His Rugby League career. How academy success is built of longevity of staff. Making yourself redundant as a coach. Being vulnerable enough to ask others for their expertise. Involving parents in the academy journey. Positively affecting parent/athlete conversations. How […]

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Darren Ritchie (England Athletics): The importance of Coach Development and Mentoring

Darren Ritchie is the Event Group Lead for Jumps and Combined Events at England Athletics. He previously spent 11 years at Scottish Athletics in variety of roles including National Jumps and Combined Events Manager, Performance Manager, National Coach Development Manager and Head of Coach Development. In this podcast, Darren discusses: His career as an athlete […]

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Andy Blyth (Simplyperform): Teach it, Test it, Tweak it

Andy Blyth is a Sport and Performance Psychologist, based in Edinburgh, specialising in one-to-one coaching to help people get better at what they care about.  Andy is also the owner of Simplyperform, as well as the Academy Sport Psychologist Hearts Football Club. In this podcast Andy discusses: How a Roman Emperor has influenced his practice. […]

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Olie Trotman (United World College South East Asia) – Confidence, Competence, Capacity and Choice

Olie Trotman is the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator at the United World College, South East Asia, which is an international school with over 5,000 students across two campuses, serving students aged 5 – 18. In this podcast, Olie discusses: His background as a Welsh representative athlete in basketball. His varied journey pursuing coaching experience around […]

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John Hall (Access Parkour): The use of Parkour as a donor sport.

John Hall or ‘Hedge’ discovered Parkour in late 2004 after watching a Parkour video in school. After a short career in academia, he founded Access Parkour in 2013. Hedge delivers most of Access Parkour’s conditioning and movement programs taking a special interest in creating spaces that build better people both mentally and physically. He splits […]

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Dave Hembrough (Sheffield Hallam University): Using Strength & Conditioning for Social Change

Dave Hembrough is a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Sports Science Officer at Sheffield Hallam University, as well as the Head Coach of Hallam Barbell and a Coach Educator for British Weightlifting. He has started numerous community based initiatives including Mindfully Strong and Strength For Life. In this Episode, Dave discusses: His personal mission statement. […]

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