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June 9, 2017

Danny Newcombe is Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Physical Education at Oxford Brookes University as well as being Assistant Coach to the Wales Men's Hockey Team and coach to Southgate Hockey Club Men's first team in the England National Hockey League.

He is a genuine 'pracademic' in that he has the theory and he puts it into practice as well. 


April 19, 2017

I this episode I respond to some of the criticism I received from some quarters of the academic community for my recent podcast episode 'The War on Drills'. In the podcast I explain the rationale behind this stance and challenge several of the accusations that have been levelled at me since posting it. 

I make reference to the 'funnel of variability' ag...

April 14, 2017

In this episode, I explain how the reluctance to have honest conversations with young athletes is a major blockage to their development. 

Sometimes we are fearful that we will affect their confidence and damage their self-esteem so we can offer false praise in an effort to avoid damaging them. However, while this might feel like it is the right thing...

April 5, 2017

In this podcast  explain why drills are so dangerous and the collateral damage that they do to the progression of kids in sport. I explain why we should seriously question their effectiveness in the talent environment and explain how small changes can make a big difference and turbo charge player and athlete development. 


April 4, 2017

In this week's post I explore the concept of 'comfort' and argue that young people being too comfortable in high quality facilities can actually work against the development of talent. As parents, coaches or talent developers we often want to make things better for the youngsters in our care and the instinct is to make things easier for them.

The hard a...

March 31, 2017

Here is my latest Vlog in the 7 part series looking at the biggest mistakes and traps that people can fall into when helping young people develop their potential.

This one centres on our desire to correct mistakes which robs the young person of the learning opportunity that is created by the error and also creates a motivational climate that encourages...

March 28, 2017

Hey there, 

I have started doing a weekly rant on Facebook live and I am currently in a series of Vlogs on talent development looking at what I call 'The 7 deadly sins' of talent development. This week I look at the dangers of making comparisons between youngsters who may have a vast array of different variables in their developmental history. 


If y...

March 28, 2017

Here is part 1 of the series of Facebook live videos that I am currently doing every Monday morning on my walk to work along Oxford Street in London. This episode is all about competition and how it can be both corrosive and toxic to the process of talent development. 

I hope you enjoy it. 


March 21, 2017

This was my first Facebook live rant which has now become a regular Monday morning thing on my way to work. 

In this post I lament the crazy situation emerging in some sports where kids as young as 5 are being encouraged into 'Talent ID' programmes that are ethically and morally reprehensible as well as being a massive waste of time and money. 

I hope yo...

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...

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