When was the last time you changed your mind?

Is changing your mind a negative thing?

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When was the last time you changed your mind?

I’m not talking about what you wanted for breakfast, or what TV show you wanted to watch. I mean when was the last time you changed your perspective on a topic?
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The 4 abilities for successful coaching

What are the most important characteristics for successful, long term coaching?

I’ve been reflecting recently over a number of weeks, intermittently, about what abilities are important both in coaching athletes, as well as in day to day life itself. The list below is what I’ve settled on at this point in time. I wouldn’t say this is set in stone or exhaustive, but at this point in my coaching journey these are the ones that stand out for me.
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Ask the Expert – Phil Williamson (Teeside University)

Phil is a friend and former colleague of mine. He is currently a Lecturer and PhD researcher at Teeside University.

1)  Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience

Well it probably wasn’t your usual route into S&C/research/exercise physiology. I worked in a gym at 18, but the joined the Army, where I served with a number of units, until I left in 2010. At that point, I knew that I wanted to work in S&C, so I attended Teesside University from 2011-2014, doing my undergrad degree and MSc there, whilst also working in a gym as a personal trainer. I was also fortunate enough to get an internship at Castleford Tigers during the third year of my undergrad degree. This was the direction that I wanted to go in, as I had been involved in playing rugby league (never at a great standard mind!) since I was about 8.
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Warming Up and the Youth Athlete (Video)

Here’s the latest in our “Youth Athlete” video series aimed at informing coaches and parents of youth athletes.

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Here is a great example of a RAMP style warm up, applied at Barcelona FC:

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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Ask the Expert – Digby Webb (Kingswood School)

Digby is the Athletic Development Coach at Kingswood School, as well as being a qualified science and maths teacher…

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Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience)

I am currently a Science & Maths teacher at Kingswood Senior School in Bath. I moved to Bath from Cape Town, South Africa, last August. I studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and played rugby for the UCT 1st XV “Ikey Tigers” for 4 years, as well as representing Western Province Rugby against the Kenyan & Namibian national teams. I hold a BSc, BEd (Hons) and PGCE from UCT, and have recently gained a strength & conditioning certification through the International Sports Science Association.
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Ask the Expert – Dr Emma Kavanagh (Bournemouth University)

Dr Kavanagh is a lecturer and researcher at Bournemouth University, as well as chartered sport scientist specializing in performance psychology…

1. Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience)

I played hockey to an international level but that was a long time ago now – that experience led me to coaching and my love of psychology. My degree was sport science and my Masters in Sport Psychology, I also have a PhD and am a chartered sport scientist specializing in performance psychology.
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