Participation awards – what’s the point?

“You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.” – Morpheus

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Recently, I came across a Facebook post from a friend of mine, lamenting their child’s school sports day and the lack of traditional competitive events. It’s no secret that our educational systems and sporting events are leaning more and more towards the trend of handing out “participation” awards to all children involved. Our schools have moved away from traditional grade classifications and less harshly worded feedback – But is this a positive or negative thing?
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Wooden – May Book Review

John Wooden is a legend in the sport of Basketball. He was an All-American 3 times a s a player, he was the first person to inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach and is largely regarded as one of the most successful sport coaches EVER.

John Wooden is a legend in the sport of Basketball. He was an All-American 3 times a s a player, he was the first person to inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach and is largely regarded as one of the most successful sport coaches EVER. He won  10 NCAA championships in 12 years with UCLA. So, it’s fair to say he probably has a few good ideas on coaching…

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The obstacle is the way – November Book Review

I found this book hugely beneficial – so much so I read it twice!

November’s book has been one that popped up on my radar several times before I committed to reading it. I have to say I wish I read it earlier. After recommending it to a friend of mine he said, “Rob, I’m going to put it out there, Obstacle is the way is one of the best books I’ve ever read.” I have to say I probably agree…

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The score takes care of itself – October Book Review

October’s book came to me from a colleague who recommended it personally, so I thought it was worth reading. I wasn’t disappointed!

Here it is…

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Extreme Ownership – September book review

This month’s book is a Number 1 bestseller!

Firstly, apologies for the lack of a book review for August. In the mayhem of relocating from London to Edinburgh, I had a lapse and forgot to complete my usual review. So, moving swiftly on, here is the review for September’s book!

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Dan Carter – August Book Review

This month I review the autobiography of an international rugby legend…

I’ve always loved reading autobiographies of athletes. As it’s been a while since I have read one, I decided to change that this month. Dan Carter is an All Blacks legend with 112 tests for New Zealand and the highest point scorer in the history of test match rugby  with 1,598 points.


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The Genius in all of us – July Book Review

This month I review a book discussing the numerous factors that contribute to the development of talent.

This month I decided to read a book that is more broadly related to talent development and general coaching etc.


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