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November 21, 2018

Scott McNeill is a Performance Coach Developer for GB Hockey, a Performance Director for the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland as well as a mentor for the Premier League.

He has been part of a group of people that have led a transformation within GB Field Hockey to redevelop the player development system in line with the principles of Ecological Dyn...

May 16, 2018

James Vaughan is a coach at the AIK Academy in Sweden. He is a colleague of Mark O'Sullivan and Dennis Hortin (both previous podcast guests) and is a regular contributor to the fantastic website 'Player Development Project'. James has a rich background as a coach and as a researcher and has been fortunate to study under the guidance of some of the lead...

August 16, 2017

Nick Hill is probably one of the most committed coaches to his personal development that I have ever met. His quest for continuous improvement has taken him to all corners of the globe from Australia, to New Zealand to Chile and the US. 

If coaching expertise was measured in air miles then this guy has to be in the premier league! 

Nick's career has...

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...

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...

May 22, 2016

Vlog time again...

 

I needed to have a bit of a rant after some of the exchanges I have had with various people in the past few months. 

 

I needed to explain in more detail why I am so against the use of drills in coaching. I just think that it is lazy coaching and it is a coaching methodology that needs to die out from our sporting landscape. 

 

Anyway I...

February 9, 2016

*not really!

 

OK so I might have slightly over reached here...but there are some very interesting recommendations being proposed in this paper  which has some really strong challenges for the talent development community.

 

The paper presents a consensus position based on a 'meta-analysis' of the available research into talent development in sport th...

November 14, 2015

I was reading this great article from Ash Smith over at www.superhumanperformance.org which was all about how kids developing amazing abilities by challenging each other and trying to outdo the last trick or skill they have performed. 

 

It took me back to my childhood when I used to invent games with my brother and freinds to play in the park or th...

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