What is the real problem with grassroots sport?

Sport is an incredible tool. Some athletes may grow in self esteem and confidence because of it. Some athletes may learn valuable health and fitness lessons from it. Many will make life-long friendships because of it. And some athletes may be lucky enough to make a fulltime career out of it. So just what’s wrong […]

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Are you microwaving your athletes?

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy a good meal. Especially a steak… For me, you just can’t beat a piece of quality, aged beef cooked to medium rare, or some slow roasted barbecue pulled pork, or a nice beef joint roasted slowly. If you cast your mind back to a really memorable meal, I […]

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The secret ingredient to athletic development…

Recently I’ve had a bit of a realisation. I’ve noticed in the athletes I’ve coached directly, or witnessed who have progressed on to higher levels in their sport…that they seem to share the same trait.

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Why youth strength and conditioning is a failure… (Part 2)

So, just how can we structure can we give to this sort of process?

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Why youth strength and conditioning is a failure… (Part 1)

What’s Ghandi got to do with S&C?

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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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Relative Age Effect in Youth Sport (Video)

An animated video for coaches and parents, describing Relative Age Effect in Youth Sports…

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Ask the Expert – Andrew Pichardo (St John’s College)

Originally hailing from the USA, Andrew Pichardo is currently the Director of Athletic Development at St John’s College in Hamilton, New Zealand, as well as a PhD candidate in Youth Athlete Development.

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Strength & Conditioning for Young Athletes – Book Review

April’s book review was the key text in youth strength and conditioning…

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