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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 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...

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...

December 7, 2015

This week I am doing a 'Vlog' (which is a Video Blog apparently!) because I am finding it hard to find the time to share my thoughts through writing.  

I was part of the team that ran a 'Future Player' conference this weekend at Twickenham. We had some fascinating talks and workshops that really got the cogs whirring. 

In this video I talk...

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