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October 10, 2018

 2019 promises to be a busy year of learning and development events. Not only do I have the 'Future of Coaching' event with John O'Sullivan and Mark Bennett lined up for 4th January but I also have a new event later in the year on the 29th March in Edinburgh where I will be joined by a host of amazing people to explore talent development, skill acquisi...

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...

December 12, 2015

In a previous post I talked about implicit learning...can you remember what that is? Yes! Great what a diligent type you are! 

 

Let me just check...I have a couple of questions...

 

Q. In the post, how do I define implicit learning? 

 

No, no...don't just read on...stop, think, can you remember? Resist the temptation to click on the link above. Really...

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...

September 12, 2015

One of the things that I hear a lot about in the world of kids sport is the need for children to experience more 'back yard' games. When people talk about this this they are harking back to the days where kids played street sports or messed around in the parks and developed skills without adult supervision. 

 

It is that perfect cliche of the s...

June 16, 2015

Some of you may know that I work as a Talent Academy Coach which is a great experience as I am have the privilege of working with some pretty awesome young people who are constantly surprising me with some of the things that they are able to do. 

 

The Academy programme is breaking new ground because for the first time the u16 and u18 age group...

March 6, 2015

All over the world children are starving. You only need to switch on the news to see images of children in underdeveloped countries suffering with a lack of nutrition while the adults who should know better are too busy fighting or scoring political points off each other to make sure that they are properly nourished. Well I am afraid to say that the ve...

February 11, 2015

After my debut podcast with Jeremy Boone (aargh do I really talk like that!?) I got a question from a coach called Jeremy Taylor who is the Director of Rugby at Denstone College, a top rugby school in England. (Jamie has an excellent blog check it out here)

 

"Stuart,

 

Listened to your podcast with Jeremy Boone this morning, really enjoyed it.

 

If I can as...

February 7, 2015

I recently recorded an interview with Jeremy Boone from the 'Coach Your Best' podcast (check it out at www.athletebydesign.com). Afterwards Jeremy forwarded me this question that he had recieved from a High School Athletic Director...

"Do you have 3-5 strategies for how to best raise the intensity of a practice for a team?  When I observe one of my coac...

January 21, 2015

I am very fortunate to be able to mix with some really excellent people. One of them is Ric Shuttleworth, Elite Coach Development Manager at the RFU. Ric works with professional coaches in the premiership rugby academies enhancing their ability to develop skill in young rugby players. I guess you could call him the 'Yoda' of skill acquisition!

 

Ric's ph...

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