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November 16, 2018

Here is a new game that I created recently that is designed to challenge players abilities to move the ball into different areas of the pitch collectively as well as develop their awareness of what their opponents are doing and develop strategies to counteract them. 

Here are the boys working out their strategy during one of their 30 second huddles in b...

December 13, 2017

So many of my listeners and readers have contacted me recently asking where they can hear me speak or if I am doing any workshops that they can attend. Many others have written with challenges and questions that need in depth answers that are difficult to convey via email and require a discussion to explore properly. 

So I have now set up the Talent Equ...

July 8, 2017

Unopposed drills are the drugs of coaching...

...a lot of coaches are addicted to them...

they are like alcoholics or maybe 'drill-aholics'...they just can't get away from the lure of the drill.

Deep down, they know that the drill is not doing their athletes any good but they keep getting called back to them...it makes them feel better...it offers warm re...

May 4, 2017

If there is one thing that I wish someone had told me in the early days of my coaching career it is the title of this blog.

'What is a Koan?' you ask....

Kōan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A kōan (公案?) (/ˈkoʊ.ɑːn/; Chinese: 公案; pinyin: gōng'àn; Korean: 공안 kong'an; Vietnamese: công án) is a story, dialogue, question, or statement, which is used in Z...

February 17, 2017

I love coaching children...it is a real privilege. I honestly believe that it is one of the most fun things that you can do.

Yes it's a challenge and yes it has it's ups and downs but if you want to do something that gives you a genuine sense of contribution and personal well being I challenge you to find something better than coaching a group of chil...

January 17, 2017

I'm back!! 

Sorry for my enforced sabbatical, I have my head down writing a coaching strategy document for England. That is done now and I am pleased to get back into blogging. 

I have some new material in the pipeline but in the meantime I thought I would share this great talk on mental toughness (or more accurately, resilience) from Dr James Bell. I ha...

September 27, 2016

Wow what a summer of sport! I haven't been able to sleep properly because the the orgy of human excellence that has been on the TV until late at night. The stories, the drama, the passion. Just amazing...

And the Olympics was just the starter. The Paralympics came shortly after...that's when we really got to see the triumph of human dedication, persever...

August 31, 2016

This is Jason Williams, he plays in the NBA for the Miami Heat. I saw this video on YouTube and was blown away. Not just because of the techniques he displays and his obvious ability but also because of the tremendous awareness he shows to be able to make some of the passes that he makes. People would look at this stuff and call it flashy and unnecessa...

June 26, 2016

In my previous post I explained how I experimented with constraints to see if I could help my son to develop his ability to hit a cricket ball to different areas and develop some different shots. 

In this post I wanted to share how I tried something similar with my 4 year old daughter Isla...with surprising results. 

My daughter is 3.5 years yo...

June 3, 2016

 

I like to think of my back garden is a lab in which I conduct experiments in skill acquisition...

 

My experimental methods are backyard games...

 

My children are the lab rats!

 

So here is a story about my latest experiment...

 

My little boy Evan is 8 years old and he is mad about cricket. He's not fussed about watching it (he doesn't know who Alistair Coo...

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